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…

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…

Model Ship Returns to the Schmidt House After 50+ Years Absence

 

In June 1896, Scientific American magazine published an article titled “The New Double-Deck-Turret Battleship Kearsarge.” The article described the dimensions and armaments of a new class of U.S. battleships, and included an artist’s rendering and a deck plan of the ship.

Peter G. Schmidt, just sixteen at the time, was intrigued by the new battleship design—so much so, that he decided to build a scale model of the ship. Unlike today, though, he couldn’t go down to the local hobby shop and buy a kit. Instead, he studied the plan, the picture, and the text, and built his own model—entirely from scratch.

WSU Grad Student Finds Liquid Gold in Foundation Archives

WSU grad student Megan Ockerman holds original advertising artwork from the Olympia Brewing Company. Finding a thesis subject for a master’s degree in History can be a daunting task. Professors prefer subjects that are interesting, previously unresearched, yet with plenty of research material available, and open to new interpretations. Olympia resident Megan Ockerman, who already…