History Talks at Schmidt House presents: “Arborists Discuss Local Historical Trees”

On Thursday, December 6 at noon, History Talks at the Schmidt House presents: “Arborists Discuss Local Historical Trees.” There have been many stories in recent years about historic trees in the South Sound area, including the Bush Butternut Tree. Two local arborists will share their insight and expertise on this interesting subject.   Ray Gleason…

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History Talks at Schmidt House presents: “Nothing Worthwhile is Easy: An Early History of Saint Martin’s University”

On Thursday, November 8 at noon, History Talks at the Schmidt House presents: “Nothing Worthwhile is Easy: An Early History of Saint Martin’s University.”   A handful of Roman Catholic monks from Minnesota established Saint Martin’s in 1895. Father Peter Tynan, Chaplain of Saint Martin’s University, will share the early struggles of the school and…

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History Talks at Schmidt House presents “Geology of Puget Sound & the Washington Geological Survey”

On Thursday, October 25 at noon, History Talks at the Schmidt House presents Geology of Puget Sound & the Washington Geological Survey.   Corina Forson, L.G., Chief Hazard Geologist from the Department of Natural Resources, will present an illustrated program about how the land we live on was formed and what the latest studies reveal…

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Don Trosper presents, “The Darker Side of Tumwater’s History” at the Schmidt House

A new season of History Talks at the Schmidt House begins on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at noon.  Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s Public History Manager Don Trosper will present an illustrated talk highlighting the darker side of Tumwater’s history. At Trosper’s talk, learn how newspapers of the day reported on murder, political intrigue, scandal, immorality, tragedy,…

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Voices from the Past Visit Tumwater’s Three Historic Homes on September 9

On Sunday, September 9, three talented living history re-enactors will give performances at the historic homes located in Tumwater’s Historic District. Staggered start times will allow the public to hear all three presentations.   Beginning at the Schmidt House at 1 p.m., storyteller Kristin Alana will portray Rebecca Groundage Howard, an African-American woman who operated…

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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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