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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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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