January 15, 2020
The Annual Meeting of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will be held Saturday, January 25, from 1:00-3:00 PM at 405 Columbia Street SW in downtown Olympia, location of the Olympia Odd Fellows Lodge No. 1, which is co-sponsoring the event. 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 the Olympia Lodge of Odd Fellows No. 1, The United Churches of Olympia, and the Ira L. Cater Post 318 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), for 100 or more years of service to the Olympia community. 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! For more information, visit https://olympiahistory.org
· January 15, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM. Washington State History Society (Tacoma): Heritage Caucus.
The Heritage Caucus meets regularly while the Washington State Legislature is in session to discuss heritage, arts, and other cultural and recreational issues. Organized in 1990, the Caucus is a bipartisan gathering of state legislators and other elected officials; staff from state heritage, arts, and cultural agencies, and nonprofit organizations; and citizens interested in supporting Washington’s culture, heritage and the arts. Among the topics discussed during this session will be Preservation of a Cultural Heritage Site at the Wenatchee River Confluence, with City of Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz & Economic Development Director Steve King and Wenatchi P’Squosa Elder Randy Lewis. This event is taking place at the Cherberg Building, Room A-B-C, 304 15th Ave SW Olympia.
· January 15, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Thurston County League of Women Voters (Olympia): Forum on the Census and Redistricting.
The 2020 Census will take place this year, and will be the first U.S. census to offer options to respond on line, by phone, or by writing. Among other things, the census will determine the number of seats for the U.S. House of representatives and the number of delegates for the Electoral College. In 2021, the State of Washington Redistricting Commission will use the census results to begin the process of “redistricting,” determining the number and geographical locations of congressional and state legislative districts. The League of Women Voters played a major role in the formation of Washington’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Thurston County League of Women Voters at http://www.lwvthurston.org/ This event will take place at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia.
· January 16, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Olympia World Affairs Council (Olympia): Speaker Series – Bolsonaro and the Resurgence of Brazilian Fascism.
Jonathan Warren, Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, will discuss how right-wing populism is on the rise globally, especially in those parts of the world which had aggressively embraced neoliberal modes of capitalism. Brazil is emblematic of this often very violent process. Examples include the assassination of political opponents, the harassment of critics of the status quo, ethnic-cleansing of indigenous peoples,
environmental plunder, mass extermination of working-class communities of color, and unprecedented levels of violence against women and people of different gender identities. Jonathan Warren will discuss how this movement caught most off guard, both in and outside of Brazil, in large measure because they misunderstood the source of the economic uptick in the 2000’s, underestimated the fatigue people had with violence and corruption, misread the reasons for the rise of evangelical Christianity, ignored the authoritarianism at the heart of Brazilian day to day culture, and failed to appreciate the centrality of racism to Brazilian society. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.olympiawac.org/ This event is taking place at the SPSCC Lacey campus, Thurston Economic Development Council, 4220 6th Ave SE Lacey
· January 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Heritage Skills Workshop – Butchering and Curing.
Sign-up now for this heritage skills workshop to learn skills in butchering and curing methods from the 19th Century. The instructors from Farmstead Meatsmith will demonstrate traditional seam-butchery where only knives and cleavers are used. Participants will learn how waste is completely eliminated through traditional methods. There will also be a focus on principles of traditional nitrate-free whole-muscle curing, starting bacon, prosciutto and guanciale. Finally, the workshop will focus on basic cooking methods and how all this work ultimately serves the home table. This class is a day-long, intimate observational experience, with occasional hands-on opportunities. Bring your own sack lunch and filming/recording devices. Open to ages 16+ admission price is $100. Pre-registration is required, which can be done online by visiting http://apm.activecommunities.com/metroparkstacoma/Activity_Search/9068. For more information call (253) 404-3970. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is located at 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.
· January 19, 2:00 PM. Historic Fort Steilacoom (Lakewood): Winter Storms at the Fort.
Historian and author Dennis Larsen will speak on winter storms affecting life at the Fort. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Complimentary admission to lecture, donations are accepted, and guided tours available for the standard fee. And speaking of DONATIONS, do you have any used books you’d like to give to a good cause? The Historic Fort Steilacoom Association conducts an annual used book sale. If you have used books you would like to dispose of your donation will support the research center of the museum. Donations will be accepted on the following dates: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 3/1 & 3/15. Donations may be delivered to Quarters 2. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Historic Fort Steilacoom is located on the grounds of Western State Hospital at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, 253-582-583.
· January 20, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Washington State History Museum (Tacoma): Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Museum!
Join the Washington State History Museum in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! Admission to the museum and all activities will be FREE on this day. Tacoma Arts Live’s Civil Rights Tour will present two performances of Get on the Bus, at 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM. Seating is limited. Participate in art making throughout the day. Explore the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. and learn about other African American men who have changed culture and history in our nation. Join ONYX Fine Arts Collective artists to learn about their unique styles which celebrate and promote the visual artwork of artists of African descent. Families can try their own hands on art making. The Write253 Pop Up Print Shop will also be open. The Washington State History museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, (253) 272-3500.
· January 20, 7:00 PM. Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage (Olympia): King and “The More Perfect Union.”
Join South Puget Sound Community College and historian Dr. Rich Benjamin this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a lecture titled King and “The More Perfect Union,” part of the 2019-20 Artist & Lecture Series. Dr. Rich Benjamin is a sharp observer of modern society and politics and is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America. For more information, visit http://www.washingtoncenter.org/venue/washington-center-main-stage/ The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage is located at 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia.
· January 23, 11:30 AM. Schmidt House (Tumwater): History Talks at Schmidt House presents The Mason County History Museum.
Mason county’s history is emblematic of the South Sound in many ways, including timber, oysters, shipping, and railroads. Schmidt House welcomes former director of the Mason County History Museum Kristin Fabry to History Talks, during which she will focus on the history of Mason county with stories brought to life in the Museum. Kristin’s illustrated presentation may inspire viewers to personally visit the Mason County History Museum in Shelton. 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 25, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum (Olympia): Annual Meeting.
Please join us for our ANNUAL MEETING, taking place at the historically significant Olympia Odd Fellows Lodge No. 1 in downtown Olympia. See the header at the top of the Bulletin for full details!
· January 29, 5:30 PM. City of Lacey, Washington (Lacey): History Talks! Lacey’s Role in Radio History.
Longtime broadcaster and community activist Dick Pust will discuss how one of the first radio stations in the nation got its start in Lacey. Illustrated with many historic images, he will also share how radio helped shape the lives of local residents. Pust, who spent more than 50 years in local broadcasting, will share his personal recollections including that time Hollywood superstar Bob Hope visited Lacey in the 1970’s. This event is taking place at the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers, 420 College St SE., Lacey.