John Potter

Tacoma native and retired computer programmer John Potter will be our guest for a unique History Talk at the Schmidt House on Thursday, February 15. For over 40 years Potter has been a member of the Magic Lantern Society—a Magic Lantern is an original image projector.

Potter will begin his talk with a brief history of the projector, and then he’ll show slides from 1900 to 1930, including images of early advertising, political history, and classic photos and ‘moving images before moving pictures.’

History Talks at the Schmidt House are part of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s Heritage Builders program.

WHAT— Potter’s Magic Lantern Slide Show
WHEN—Thursday, February 15, 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 INFO—visit, or contact Don Trosper, Public History Manager at or 360-786-8117
SPONSORED BY—Olympia Tumwater Foundation (

Our thanks to the City of Tumwater and Thurston Community Media for their support.

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

For a complete list of our history talks, click here.

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