Bulletin – 4/1/2020

April 1, 2020      
As we are all now aware, most public venues, including museums, etc., have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This bi-monthly Bulletin will now go on hiatus until the pandemic has subsided and these restrictions are lifted, with periodic deliveries in the interim for appropriate events readers may enjoy while observing these essential contact limitations. Highlighted below are just some of the  interesting online activities, events and resources you may participate in and enjoy.

Bigelow House Museum will remain closed until further notice.
Maintain that distance!
Stay safe!

  • April 13 – 7:00 PM. Tacoma Historical Society: Musical History of Tacoma. 

Join the Tacoma Historical Society online for their Annual Meeting, which will be broadcasted live online due to current restrictions on public gatherings. The guest speaker this month will be Kim Davenport, who will share stories and music from her research into the Musical History of Tacoma. THS will share the link for the online broadcast HERE. Even if you miss watching it live, a video will be available for posterity afterwards.

  • Washington State Library – Washington State Research.

The Washington State Library has an amazing online presence for researching WA on all levels. Their Washington State Research page is an excellent starting point, and can be reached HERE.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Online: Virtual Travel – Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit. 

The Smithsonian Institution has put together an excellent list of museums from across the globe which have terrific online content. Ranging from the Smithsonian itself in Washington DC, to the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, VA, to the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, there’s a lot to absorb, learn, and enjoy. The list can be found on the Magazine’s web site HERE.

  • Now Where Were We – YouTube Video Channel Dedicated to Local History. 

This is a series of videos about the history of Olympia and Lacey, Washington and surrounding areas. The videos are produced at PCTV, the television station for Panorama, a retirement community in Lacey, Washington. The host for the series is Deborah Ross, a local historian and author. The videos may be accessed on YouTube HERE.

  • Washington State History Museum – Online Collections. 

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic the Washington State History Museum is closed, but they encourage you to make good use of their online collections database! Pick a topic of interest, type in your search term (try dogs or WWI for example) and see what comes up! Begin your Washington History Search HERE.

  • Washington State Library – Primarily Washington.

Described as Washington’s Gateway to Pacific Northwest Primary Source Materials for Teachers and Students, Primarily Washington provides access to a huge array of information about our beautiful Evergreen State! The site can be found HERE.

  • Library of Congress – By the People. 

Want to help create the historical record?  How about doing some online transcribing of documents for the Library of Congress! What could be more fascinating? From papers written by Anna Dickinson, suffragist, abolitionist and the first woman to deliver a political address to the US congress, to Herencia, a collection of centuries of Spanish legal documents obtained by the Library in 1941, you will definitely find something here to pique your interests. These fascinating documents are just waiting for your attention, and can be found HERE.

  • Washington State Archives – What is Scribe?

Washington State also needs your transcription skills! Visit the Archives HERE to set up an account and get started!

  • Washington Rural Heritage – Community Digital Archives for Washington State.  

Washington Rural Heritage is a community memory project headquartered at the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The project brings together unique local history materials from libraries, museums, and private collections of citizens across Washington State. Search by community/county, format or date; if it’s central to rural WA, you will find it here! The archives can be accessed HERE.

  • Washington Secretary of State – Washington State Digital Archives.  

The Washington State Digital Archives are the nation’s first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. Much of the archive can be accessed and searched HERE.

  • Washington State Council for the Social Studies – Washington State History.  

And if you were not able to find anything in one of the sites above to intrigue you during distancing, check out the many fascinating Washington State Council for the Social Studies Curriculum Links, which can be visited HERE.

  • KNKX Public Radio and the Washington State History Museum – Forgotten Prison: The Alcatraz You’ve Never Heard of.  

An excellent 6 part podcast on the now-abandoned prison on McNeil Island which operated for 136 years, just across the Sound from Lakewood. The podcast can be accessed HERE.

David Ponta
Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum
OHS&BHM PO Box 1821 Olympia, WA 98507
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