On Thursday, October 11 at History Talks at the Schmidt House, Mike Fredson from Mason County will present a history of Shelton and the Simpson Timber Company and its impact upon the community.

 

Fredson will provide a good look at the post-war boom and bust of the timber industry and the Sustained Yield Forestry Management Act of 1944. We’ll learn about post-war Shelton, booming with new mills and a seemingly endless tract of Olympic mountain timber and Shelton’s transformation into a 20th-century community.  He will also discuss why hundreds of Simpson Timber Company employees lost their jobs in 1985 and the impact on the community.

 

Mike Fredson is a 5th generation Mason County resident and is the current president of the Mason County Historical Society. He has a graduate degree from the University of Arizona, is a Vietnam veteran, and has written several books about Mason County. He lives in Union on Hood Canal and is an avid hiker of the Olympic National Park.

 

What — History Talks at the Schmidt House presents, “Shelton and Washington’s Timber Industry.”

When — Thursday, October 11, 2018, noon-1 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at capacity.

Where — The Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater

Cost —Free (donations are welcome!)

For More Information — Contact Don Trosper, Public History Manager at history@olytumfoundation.org or 360-786-8117

Sponsored By — Olympia Tumwater Foundation. Our thanks to the City of Tumwater for its support.

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