January 1, 2020
The Annual Meeting of Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Olympia Lodge of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 1, 405 Columbia Street SW, in downtown Olympia. There will be a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which empowered women to vote nationally. The program, open to the public, is entitled “Olympia’s Role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” We will also be recognizing three local organizations on 100 or more years of serving the Olympia community. They are the Olympia Lodge of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 1, The United Churches of Olympia, and Ira L. Cater Post No. 18, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Finally, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Bigelow House designation on the National Register of Historic Places with refreshments. The program will be followed by the annual business meeting. Lots of anniversaries to celebrate–please join us!
· January 1 & 2, 4:00 PM + 7:00 PM. Olympia Film Society (Olympia): Fantastic Fungi.
Paul Stamets is an author, mycologist (i.e., FUNGUS EXPERT), medical researcher and entrepreneur living in Shelton, working to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep we take. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and that mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Paul’s philosophy is that “MycoDiversity is BioSecurity.” He sees the fungal genome of the ancient Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as a resource of incalculable value on many levels. His passion is to preserve and protect as many ancestral strains of mushrooms as possible from these pristine woodlands. Visit the Olympia Film Society’s presentation of Fantastic Fungi at the Capital Theater for a unique discussion of these organisms to which most give little thought, beyond which pizza toppings to consider. This Olympia Film Society event takes place at the Historic Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.
· January 7, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Harbor History Museum (Gig Harbor): Gig Harbor Literary Society – The Sea Runners.
Acclaimed author Ivan Doig wrote ten books, including 3 non fiction works, perhaps highlighted by his memoir The House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, about the Author’s upbringing in Montana. Visit the Harbor History Museum for an evening discussion of Doig’s work The Sea Runners, which tells the story of four indentured servants of Scandinavian descent who flee bondage in Russia-controlled Alaska in 1853. Quoting the publisher, “The four sea runners must weather the worst the ill-named Pacific can throw at them, and must weather their own fierce squalls, too, as day upon day, guided as much by instinct and determination as by map, they paddle through the magnificent maze of the Northwest Coast toward the mouth of the Columbia River.” This event is FREE and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring an appetizer or dish to share with fellow bibliophiles. The Museum will provide complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your own wine! Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, contact email@example.com or 253-858-6722. The Harbor History Museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor.
· January 7, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Washington State History Museum (Tacoma): McMenamins Elks Temple History Pub – Whiskey, Mixologists, and the Pacific Northwest.
Northwest native Renee Cebula is passionate about history. A former history educator, her research focus turned to Cocktail Culture in America during the World Wars. The deeper she delved into this topic, the more her intellectual curiosities expanded to include America’s long and convoluted drinking history, the development of specialized tools and equipment, and the stories of mid-century decorative artists as they relate to drinking. Relax at McMenamins Elks Temple and hear fascinating tales of cocktail history from this local expert on the sometimes taboo subject! Food and drink available for purchase in McMenamins Elks Club’s beautiful Spanish Ballroom. This event is a partnership between the Washington State Historical Society and McMenamins Elks Temple, 565 Broadway, Tacoma. Doors open at 5:30 PM.
· January 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Thurston County Chamber (Olympia): Chamber Forum – State of the Communities.
At the Chamber’s January meeting, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder, Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet, Yelm Mayor JW Foster, and Thurston County Commissioner John Hutchings will collectively present a State of the Community address at the Forum. Representatives will share the state of their jurisdiction, and then will address moderated topics, including, but not limited to housing issues and job growth. For information, visit chambermaster.com/events/ This forum is taking place at Hotel RL Olympia 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW Olympia. Cost is $35 general admission, $25 for online prepaid Chamber members and $30 for members at the door.
· January 9, 11:30 AM. Schmidt House (Tumwater): Edward Jay Allen in Early Olympia.
Edward Jay Allen came to Puget Sound in December of 1852, via the Oregon Trail. After arriving following a very harrowing journey, he built a small cabin on Budd Inlet north of Olympia on land he received through his Donation Land Claim. A major aspect of Allen which set him apart from most white settlers was that he actually paid native peoples for the land before taking up residence. Edward kept a diary of his activities which, combined with letters sent back to family in the East all along his journey, became the basis for two fascinating books about Edwards, written by Schmidt House archives Curator Karen Johnson and historian & author Dennis Larsen. Visit Schmidt House for a fascinating talk by the authors on this unique Pacific Northwest settler. Signed copies of their books will be available for purchase during the event. Doors open at 11:30 AM on a first come, first seated basis and the doors close when the house reaches capacity. For more information, call 360-786-8117 or visit www.olytumfoundation.org The Schmidt House is located just off Custer Way in Tumwater at 330 Schmidt Place.
· January 9, 6:00 PM. The Port of Olympia (Olympia): Waterfront Project Open House.
The Port of Olympia, Frank Family and Squaxin Island Tribal Council are proposing a joint project along the East Bay trail and park at NorthPoint. Attend this meeting to learn about the proposed conceptual design and timeline. This event is free and open to the public, and is taking place at the Lacey Conference Center, 975 Carpenter Rd in Lacey.
· January 10, 10:15 AM. Senior Services for South Sound (Olympia): A Conversation on Civil Rights.
Senior Services for South Sound invite the community to an engaging conversation with Dr. Sherman Beverly, Gary Gerst, and Sara Theissen about Civil Rights today and yesterday. The civil rights movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other men and women, brought significant change to our nation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite these laws, discrimination and unequal treatment of people not in the majority persists. The civil rights movement continues today in a modern version, exemplified by Black
Lives Matter. For information, contact Sara Thiessen by dialing 360-586-6181 or firstname.lastname@example.org This event is free and open to the public, and is taking place at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St NW in Olympia.