William Duckering photograph, 1893, Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional Archives

Professional and amateur theater was an important part of early Olympia social life. Here, four amateur thespians rehearse in 1893 for a production of H.M.S. Pinafore, a benefit for St. John’s Episcopal Church. The woman in the center is Drusilla Percival; at the left of the image is Sam Woodruff. Percival Landing and Percival Creek are named after the Percival family, while the Woodruff Building and Woodruff Park are named after Sam Woodruff. Photograph selected and captioned by Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For more information, visit olympiahistory.org.