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January 10 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey,
WA, USA

Jan. 10, 2023 6:30 pm Jan. 10, 2023 7:30 pm America/Los_Angeles “It’s the Water”: A Brief History of the Olympia Brewing Company During the 1970s, the Olympia Brewing Company was ranked the 6th-largest brewer in the nation. It was the largest private employer in Thurston County for decades, and its influence has permeated the community for well over a century. Olympia Tumwater Foundation Assistant Director Megan Ockerman presents an illustrated history of the brewery, the people who ran it, and its place as a pop culture icon. Hybrid Format: Come in person to Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers or join online. Registration required for online attendance only. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
“It’s the Water”: A Brief History of the Olympia Brewing Company

During the 1970s, the Olympia Brewing Company was ranked the 6th-largest brewer in the nation. It was the largest private employer in Thurston County for decades, and its influence has permeated the community for well over a century. Olympia Tumwater Foundation Assistant Director Megan Ockerman presents an illustrated history of the brewery, the people who ran it, and its place as a pop culture icon.

Hybrid Format: Come in person to Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers or join online. Registration required for online attendance only.

December 21 | 6:00 pm

Lacey City Hall

Dec. 21, 2022 6:00 pm Dec. 21, 2022 America/Los_Angeles Historical Commission Meeting Lacey City Hall
Historical Commission Meeting

December 13 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey,
WA, USA

Dec. 13, 2022 6:30 pm Dec. 13, 2022 7:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Excavating the Bush Homestead Hybrid Format: Come in person to Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers or join online. Recent excavations of the Bush Homestead, site of early non-white settlers George and Isabella Bush, led by Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck, Professor at The Evergreen State College, uncovered evidence of the Bushes’ generosity. Come hear how it also renewed community interest in the Bush family, leading to the dedication of new monuments in the area. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
Excavating the Bush Homestead

Hybrid Format: Come in person to Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers or join online.

Recent excavations of the Bush Homestead, site of early non-white settlers George and Isabella Bush, led by Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck, Professor at The Evergreen State College, uncovered evidence of the Bushes’ generosity. Come hear how it also renewed community interest in the Bush family, leading to the dedication of new monuments in the area.

November 16 | 6:00 pm

Lacey City Hall

Nov. 16, 2022 6:00 pm Nov. 16, 2022 America/Los_Angeles Historical Commission Meeting Lacey City Hall
Historical Commission Meeting

November 09 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey,
WA, USA

Nov. 09, 2022 6:30 pm Nov. 09, 2022 7:30 pm America/Los_Angeles The Pig War: Great Britain vs. The United States Location: Lacey City Hall Council Chambers and Online In 1859, the United States and Great Britain stood on the brink of war for the third time in less than a century, and it all started over the shooting of a wayward pig that had uprooted a neighboring farmer’s potatoes. For 12 years, the US Army and the Royal Navy faced off on San Juan Island in Washington Territory, daring each other to make the first move. The cast of characters involved in this saga is a veritable who’s who of 19th century historical celebrity. Washington state historian Erich R. Ebel… Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
The Pig War: Great Britain vs. The United States

Location: Lacey City Hall Council Chambers and Online

In 1859, the United States and Great Britain stood on the brink of war for the third time in less than a century, and it all started over the shooting of a wayward pig that had uprooted a neighboring farmer’s potatoes. For 12 years, the US Army and the Royal Navy faced off on San Juan Island in Washington Territory, daring each other to make the first move. The cast of characters involved in this saga is a veritable who’s who of 19th century historical celebrity. Washington state historian Erich R. Ebel recounts the story of The Pig War, otherwise known as The Bloodless War or The War That Wasn’t.

October 12 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey,
WA, USA

Oct. 12, 2022 6:30 pm Oct. 12, 2022 7:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Scoundrels: The Life of Susie Lewis Location: Lacey City Hall Council Chambers and Online Over a century ago, Tumwater resident Susie Lewis suffered a chain of tragedies: abuse, broken homes, infidelity, murder, abandonment, divorce, a child’s death, a fatal disease. And her misfortunes continued even after she died. Curator Karen Johnson presents an illustrated true-crime talk about Susie’s life and loves, including the scoundrels who hounded her to an early grave. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
Scoundrels: The Life of Susie Lewis

Location: Lacey City Hall Council Chambers and Online

Over a century ago, Tumwater resident Susie Lewis suffered a chain of tragedies: abuse, broken homes, infidelity, murder, abandonment, divorce, a child’s death, a fatal disease. And her misfortunes continued even after she died. Curator Karen Johnson presents an illustrated true-crime talk about Susie’s life and loves, including the scoundrels who hounded her to an early grave.

October 04 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Lacey Community Center

Oct. 04, 2022 4:30 pm Oct. 04, 2022 6:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Jackson-Goose Pond Marker Dedication Lacey Community Center
Jackson-Goose Pond Marker Dedication

September 28 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Meeting

Sep. 28, 2022 6:30 pm Sep. 28, 2022 7:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Edward Lange: An Early Artist in Thurston County See how art and history combine to tell the story of Edward Lange, an artist who worked in Thurston County at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Born in Germany in 1846, Lange came to Long Island, New York in 1870 and moved to Olympia, Washington in 1889. For the next twenty-three years he created highly detailed drawings of farms, businesses and entire communities in Thurston County (and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest). Lange died in 1912, but many examples of his amazing artwork still exist. They provide wonderful windows through which we can see the history of our area.… Online Meeting
Edward Lange: An Early Artist in Thurston County

See how art and history combine to tell the story of Edward Lange, an artist who worked in Thurston County at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Born in Germany in 1846, Lange came to Long Island, New York in 1870 and moved to Olympia, Washington in 1889. For the next twenty-three years he created highly detailed drawings of farms, businesses and entire communities in Thurston County (and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest). Lange died in 1912, but many examples of his amazing artwork still exist. They provide wonderful windows through which we can see the history of our area. In this illustrated presentation speaker Drew Crooks will include recently discovered images as well as new information.

August 25 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Meeting

Aug. 25, 2022 8:00 pm Aug. 25, 2022 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Virtual Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery Tour We are proud to present, in partnership with Pretty Gritty Tours, a virtual tour of the Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery in Lacey and the stories that led to its founding. Get to know the triumphs, lives, and tragedies that led to this historic cemetery being one of the most notable in Western Washington. This FREE hour long tour will help you know the background and incredible stories of some of the most amazing pioneer women buried here. This event will be livestreamed on YouTube, but will also be available as a recording immediately following the event. Online Meeting
Virtual Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery Tour

We are proud to present, in partnership with Pretty Gritty Tours, a virtual tour of the Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery in Lacey and the stories that led to its founding. Get to know the triumphs, lives, and tragedies that led to this historic cemetery being one of the most notable in Western Washington. This FREE hour long tour will help you know the background and incredible stories of some of the most amazing pioneer women buried here.

This event will be livestreamed on YouTube, but will also be available as a recording immediately following the event.

August 25 - August 25 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Olympia,
WA, USA

Aug. 25, 2022 2:00 pm Aug. 25, 2022 4:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Play In the Parks – S.T.E.A.M. Museum This hands-on education experience truly has something for everyone! From building an arch to programming a robot to 3D printing, exploring gravity, friction, and math with STEAM pinball, creating your own music with the Music Maker, and much more, there is so much to try! Designed for k-6 students. Lacey Community Center
Play In the Parks – S.T.E.A.M. Museum

This hands-on education experience truly has something for everyone! From building an arch to programming a robot to 3D printing, exploring gravity, friction, and math with STEAM pinball, creating your own music with the Music Maker, and much more, there is so much to try! Designed for k-6 students.