The Highline Historical Society was founded in 1994 as the Burien Heritage Society. The Society soon merged with the Friends of the Highline School District and acquired their large collections relating to the history of the school district. Later acquisitions of the archives of The Highline Times and thousands of articles of local community history have made founding a regional heritage museum imperative. The name was changed to “Highline Historical Society” to reflect the region the collections represent.
The Society owns several hundred thousand 3-dimensional objects, photos, slides, films, and documents. Until the museum opens, the collections are in storage in the former Seattle Christian School on Port of Seattle property in SeaTac. Highline is the largest area in the State of Washington without a local history museum. A great deal of board and volunteer time is being spent developing and funding the upcoming Highline Heritage Museum. People wishing access to the collections for research purposes before the museum is open may contact the Society to make an appointment by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.