Brewery History Presentation Packs out the House

The Foundation’s latest noon talk, a history of the Olympia Brewing Company, was presented on March 15 by Foundation assistant curator Megan Ockerman to another capacity crowd at the Schmidt House.

Megan earned her Master’s degree from WSU in 2017 with her thesis on the Olympia Brewing Company history.  That was the basis for her well-received lecture that included many historic photos, several artifacts and an Olympia Beer commercial from the early 1970s that brought a big round of applause, and even elicited a few tears.  The one minute spot featured the jingle “Oly Oly O” and highlighted Olympia brewery employees from the era.

Megan Ockerman

Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet was among those impressed by Megan’s presentation stating “Tumwater is fortunate to have people of Megan’s caliber impassioned by its history.”

The program was video recorded by TC Media and will be replayed on Tumwater’s Comcast local channel 26 and archived on the City’s YouTube link by early April.

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation, in association with the City of Tumwater, offers many talks, tours, and videos throughout the year.  For more information on these popular programs visit: or email: or call 360-786-8117.  All talks are free, but your donations are gratefully accepted to help support these community efforts.

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