Olympia Tumwater Foundation reaches $2 million milestone with award of $140,000 in scholarships

On May 30, The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) hosted a ceremony at the historic Schmidt House in Tumwater to present $140,000 in scholarships to 17 graduating seniors from Thurston County high schools. The awards ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.   OTF has awarded over $2.0 million in educational grants since 1967, making it the largest…

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Northwest Carriage Museum Curator & Director to Speak at History Talk on April 5

The Northwest Carriage Museum, located in Pacific County, is the most-visited tourist attraction in the area, drawing visitors from around the world. On April 5 at noon, the Museum’s Director and Curator will speak about their collection at History Talks at the Schmidt House, a free community event made possible by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation…

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“It’s the Art!”—Free Art Show in Tumwater

Celebrate the art of beer! From November 4 through December 9, the Olympia Tumwater Foundation presents an art show featuring over 50 original advertising artworks produced for the Olympia Brewing Company during the 1930s through 1950s. The paintings, averaging about 18” x 34”, were intended to be translated into billboards and had to be bold,…

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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…

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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.

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