Local historian, Jennifer Crooks will speak about a part of history that is not often discussed—World War I and its impact on Thurston County—January 4, 2018, at the Schmidt House History Talk, brought to the community by Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s Heritage Builders program.

The First World War had a considerable impact both nationally and in Thurston County. Crooks’ illustrated presentation will highlight how our residents reacted to those times, how the construction of Camp Lewis affected our local culture, and how women made many gains during that time.

Jennifer Crooks is a lifelong Olympia resident and graduated from Saint Martin’s University with a B.A. in history and in 2017 from Central Washington University with a master’s degree in history. Crooks’ senior thesis at SMU was about the Minute Women of Thurston County during World War I; her master’s thesis at CWU was on public education in Washington State during World War I and the Red Scare.

PHOTO:  Courtesy of the Yelm Prairie Historical Society. Home Guard units were widespread across the country and county during the war. Olympia had several, and there was one in Tenino.

WHAT— World War I Homefront in Thurston County with Jennifer Crooks
WHEN— Thursday, January 4, 2018, noon-1p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE— The Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater.
COST— Free (donations are welcome!)
FOR MORE INFO— Contact Don Trosper, Public History Manager at history@olytumfoundation.org or 360-786-8117
SPONSORED BY— Olympia Tumwater Foundation with assistance from the City of Tumwater and Thurston Community Media. 

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501