“It’s the People!” How Brewing History (Re)Formed Olympia-Tumwater & Chicago

The Chicago Brewseum, a nonprofit museum project exploring the historical and cultural significance of beer, is partnering with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation and the City of Tumwater to discuss the impact of local breweries on community growth, to take place at the Schmidt House on September 6, 2019. This panel discussion will reflect on the…

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History Talks at Schmidt House presents: “The State Capitol Dome History”

On Thursday, January 10 at noon, History Talks at the Schmidt House presents, “The State Capitol Dome History.” Our presenter is Susan Mayer, Ph.D. Dr. Mayer will highlight the origin, evolution and dominant features of the Legislative Building and the State Capitol Dome. Her presentation will cover the dome’s symbolic meaning and structure, early history…

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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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