Olympia Tumwater Foundation archive items featured in Washington State History Museum exhibit

Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington’s Story of Beer, Wine & Coffee The latest exhibit at the Washington State History Museum, Steins, Vines & Grinds, explores the history of three libations that continue to be wildly popular in the Evergreen State. Discover how the passion of beverage industry leaders connected with the unique climate and geography…

Spring pruning the Centennial Rose Garden at the Schmidt House

Last October 26, I posted a blog here on fall pruning of roses at the Centennial Rose Garden. I noted that the purpose of fall pruning roses is simply to get the bushes cut down, stripped of their leaves and mounded up with beauty bark to protect them from winter damage. I also indicated that the most important time for pruning roses is in early spring – around here that would be when the daffodils and forsythia are in bloom – early to mid-March. That time is rapidly approaching so our plans call for spring pruning the Centennial Garden on Saturday, March 11, beginning at about 9:00am.

Foundation receives grant to preserve and showcase brewery artwork

Grant will help preserve historic Olympia Beer advertising artwork BY LISA PEMBERTON – January 21, 2017      lpemberton@theolympian.com Nearly 300 pieces of artwork used to design billboards and advertising campaigns for the Olympia Brewing Co., will be preserved, thanks to a $5,000 Thurston County Historic Commission grant. The paintings, photographs and advertising concepts were…

Lacey’s 50th Birthday

Despite the slight dusting of overnight snow, the crowd showed up for a lively presentation at the December 15th monthly history talk at the Schmidt House in Tumwater.  We in Thurston County’s oldest community helped celebrate the 50th birthday of our youngest community, Lacey. The presenters were lively, funny and a lot of fun and…