Please help support the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow Museum through our $25 for 25 Campaign! September 2020 marks 25 years since the official opening of the Bigelow House Museum. We had planned a special event but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that won’t be happening, as the Bigelow House Museum is closed for the foreseeable future. In addition, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our biggest fundraiser, the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Museum, as well as cancellation of fundraising events, we are asking our friends to consider an extra donation this year. We recognize that economic fallout from the pandemic may make this difficult for some. However, please do consider a $25.00 donation, or whatever amount you can give, to help ensure the future of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. Click on the Donate button at the right of this screen to give $25 or any other amount to this campaign, either by credit card or with your Paypal account. Or you can mail a check to us; go to our GET INVOLVED page for more information. If you are not yet a member of the Society and Museum, please consider visiting our Membership page Membership Page and joining now! And, while OHS&BHM fully supports area businesses, we realize that many are finding local shopping difficult in these trying times. If you are an Amazon customer, please consider donating to OHS&BHM through Amazon’s SMILE program. Information can be found at SMILE. We also partner with Fred Meyer, and Ralph’s/Bayview Thriftway charitable donation programs. Information is available at the Get Involved link, above.
Thematically based on the real life 1909 Suffrage Special train which carried local and national suffragists across our state from Spokane to Seattle in support of Washington women and their fight for the vote, The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop is an eight-episode video series which will explore Washington state’s connections to the larger national history of women’s suffrage, and honors Washington’s women changemakers who led the way then as well as those who continue to do so today. The Virtual Train makes its final stop in Olympia, on August 26, Women’s Equality Day! The Olympia Historical Societyand Bigelow House Museum will be hosting this final Whistle Stop of the tour! More information on the Train can be found in the event listings below.
If you had planned to attend the Suffrage Celebration event scheduled on the capitol grounds in Olympia this August, note that this event has been canceled due to the pandemic.
And finally, this Tuesday, August 4, is the PRIMARY for the upcoming November 3 GENERAL ELECTION. A more consequential election may never have taken place in this nation, certainly in modern times. We need an informed turn out; BE SURE TO VOTE!
August 3 – 7, 10 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 28, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – Fort Nisqually Day Camp.
This camp, open to all ages, brings the past to life with stories, songs, crafts and games. Campers live history in an 1855 setting. A daily snack is included. Guests, patrons and visitors ARE required to use face coverings as well as maintain six feet of physical distance from non-household members and perform frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This applies to all residents six years old and up, children under age two are exempt. For kids age 3-5 masks are strongly encouraged. Camp is open to all ages, but children 5 and under must register with parent or guardian. To register your child who is 5 and under contact the Fort at 253-404-3970. Fort Nisqually is located at 5400 N Pearl St #11 Tacoma.
August 4, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Washington Trust for Historic Preservation – Virtual Panel: Careers in Preservation.
During this virtual panel, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will be focusing on preservation careers in construction and the trades. These industries are crucial pieces of the cultural and historic resource landscape and provide a wide range professional opportunities—from carpentry and window restoration to project management and engineering—for those interested in saving places that matter. WTPH will be exploring this field with the help of three accomplished preservationists who have traveled different career paths to their current jobs in historic and cultural resources. Panelists will include:
– Linley Logan, Arts Program Manager, Northwest Heritage Program, the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at the Evergreen State College.
– Sarah Steen, Landmarks Coordinator, King County
– Steve Stroming, Project Executive, Rafn Company
This virtual panel is FREE and open to all, and registrants will have the chance to submit questions for the panelists before and during the webinar. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting discussion, full of advice for students, young professionals, and anyone else interested in cultural resources and preservation! Click HERE to register now.
August 4, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. McMenamins Elks Temple Virtual History Pub – Outdoors for 100 Years: Eddie Bauer, the Down Jacket, and Adventure-Driven Innovation
The Pacific Northwest is known for its outdoor adventure opportunities, and a lot of fascinating history surrounds the outfitters and adventurers who created and used the equipment for excursions into the wild. Colin Berg, the Brand Historian for Eddie Bauer, shares the story of the man behind the name as well as the many Pacific Northwesterners who made the brand what it is today. This event will be taking place on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/historymuseum/live/
August 10 & 24, 7:00 PM. Tacoma Historical Society – Speaking Out About Dreams That Matter.
Speaking Out About Dreams That Matter is a two-part online presentation about people from throughout Tacoma’s history who have worked for social justice and civil rights. Featuring historic photos and media, as well as recent interviews, the presentation will be followed by a question and answer period with Kim Davenport, communications manager for Tacoma Historical Society. This presentation is a partnership between Tacoma Public Library and The Tacoma Historical Society with funding from Tacoma Creates. Registration is required, visithttp://tiny.cc/dreams10
August 19 thru 26. The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour Video Series Celebrating the National Women’s Suffrage Centennial.
August 2020 marks the National Women’s Suffrage Centennial, and to celebrate, you are invited to climb aboard the digitally delivered Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour! This eight-episode video series explores our state’s connections to the larger national history of women’s suffrage, and honors Washington’s women change makers who led the way then as well as those who continue to do so today. It is thematically based on the real life 1909 Suffrage Special train which carried local and national suffragists across the country, and through Washington State from Spokane to Seattle in support of women’s fight for the vote. Ride along with the Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour! One segment will be posted daily from August 19-26 on the Historical Society and Votes for Women Suffrage Centennial Facebook pages, @washingtonhistory and @suffrage100wa and at the Washington State Historical Society page athttps://www.washingtonhistory.org/ . Each whistle stop segment will be hosted by a local historical organization and will explore women’s suffrage history and its legacy in their geographic region, as well as ties to national women’s suffrage efforts. The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will be hosting the segment on Olympia, taking place on August 26, Women’s Equality Day, and the date that the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920.
The 1909 National Suffrage Convention was–not coincidentally–held at the same time as the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition (AYPE). It was an important time in the fight for women’s suffrage and savvy suffragists took advantage of the significant visibility afforded by AYPE to promote their cause. And, did you know that Washington women permanently won the right to vote in 1910 (after several previous wins and losses of the right), a FULL DECADE before national women’s suffrage was enacted?
The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour schedule includes:
August 19 – Spokane
August 20 – Tri-Cities/Walla Walla
August 21 – Yakima/Ellensburg
August 22 – Vancouver
August 23 – Bellingham
August 24 – Seattle
August 25 – Tacoma
August 26 – Olympia
The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour is presented in conjunction with Washington State Suffrage Centennial programming (details athttps://www.suffrage100wa.com/ ) through generous legislative support. Presented by the Washington State Historical Society and their partners, the Washington State Women’s Commission, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Pasco’s Franklin County Historical Society, Kittitas County Historical Society, Clark County Historical Society, Whatcom Museum, Tacoma Historical Society, and Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum.
August 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Olympia Film Collective – Artists Among Us, Chapter 1: Art Talk, Multimedia.
Artists Among Us is a documentary series highlighting the local arts scene in South Puget Sound. Each month until October will feature new short documentary movies followed by a filmmaker’s panel. Movies will be premiered on the Olyfilm Facebook page, which can be reached at the Collective’s website, https://www.olyfilm.com/ . This month’s films are: