“We’ve been getting very nice press coverage for our free monthly history talks,” says Public History Manager of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Don Trosper, “but we were blown away by the record attendance here at the Schmidt House today. As usual the speaker and topic were top of the line, but it was a very…Details
Many interesting buildings have been constructed in Thurston County over the years. Some still stand, while others have sadly disappeared. One of the most intriguing structures now gone was the Swiss Chalet that served as a gathering place in Olympia’s Priest Point Park for many decades.
Christmas card sent by the Olympia Brewing Co. in 1952
The Washington Standard newspaper reported in its November 12, 1897 edition that “It’s raining pitchforks with saw logs for handles and the tines downward.” In other words, the weather was typically wet for that time of year in our part of the country. What caught my eye though in that issue of the paper was…Details
Each month, Amber Raney at the Washington State Archives publishes an online newsletter, appropriately titled Out of the Archives. The November issue featured a great photo of a mountain lodge, and challenged viewers to identify the lodge’s location. When I saw that photo, I knew I’d seen a copy somewhere at the Schmidt House, so…Details
The Deschutes River will approach moderate flood stage on Wednesday, December 9 according to NOAA projections. River crest is expected around noon at Tumwater Falls Park.
The November 1965 It’s the Water News showcased the Virgil Monroe family and their turkey: “Any designs Virgil Monroe might have had for this gobbler on Thanksgiving seem to have been foiled by his children Clyde, Luke and Sara, who have fostered a friendship with the fair bird. But, he needn’t despair. As an expression…Details
“It’s never easy to predict the turn-out for our free monthly history talks,” says Don Trosper, Public History Manager for the “Heritage Builders” program of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. “Today’s noon hour talk was nearly filled to capacity as we hosted noted genealogist Jewell Dunn talking about the German heritage of the Schmidt family.” Sixty…Details