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Bulletin – 5/1/21

May 1, 2021      
 

The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum is now selling a limited number of a wonderful book about local maritime heritage: Tugs and Other Hard-Working Vessels of Puget Sound:  A Scrapbook from the Earlier Days, by Olympia native and naval architect and marine engineer, the late Norman R.  Knutsen.  The book is being made available through the generosity of the Knutsen Family.  The softbound, 345 page book, is extensively illustrated, including many rare images of Olympia maritime history.  The book, with the net proceeds benefitting the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum, is available by mail only with credit or debit card or PayPal account, and sells for $48.08 including postage, handling and sales tax.  To order your copy, click Here. Note that although this takes you to PayPal, a PayPal account not required for purchase!
 

 
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Many Voices – A Resource Guide.
 
In response to the many requests Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum has received over the years for resources to study the local history of communities which have often been overlooked, we have put together an in depth collection of online materials focusing on such groups. Ranging from general information to sites focusing on communities of color, of Asian ancestry, Indigenous peoples and places, Latinx, Pacific Islanders, and the LGBTQ+, this work in progress is brimming with fascinating, enlightening information and research materials. These resources may be accessed at Here
 
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Maritime Washington National Heritage Area.
 
Help chart a course for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area! Spanning 3,000 miles of Washington State’s shoreline, this new heritage area will support our coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories. Join the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to navigate the seas ahead by identifying your favorite maritime places, taking a survey on the future of our saltwater shorelines, or attending a virtual workshop for Pierce & Thurston Counties on Thursday, April 29. Get involved and learn more at Preserve WA.
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Statue of Nisqually Billy Frank Jr. going to the U.S. Capitol.

Governor Inslee just after signing the Billy Frank Jr. statue bill. Looking on, from left, were Nisqually Tribal Chairman Ken Choke, Lt. Gov. Denny Heck, state Rep. Debra Lekanoff and tribal councilman and son of Billy Frank Jr., Willie Frank III.

Governor Jay Inslee has signed HB 1372 – 2021-22, which will place a statue of Nisqually treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr. in the U.S. Capitol. Each state is allowed two statues in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, Frank’s will replace an existing statue of Oregon Trail pioneer Marcus Whitman, which has stood in the Capitol for approximately 70 years. Billy Frank Jr. died in 2014 at the age of 83. In his younger years, he was a self-described “getting arrested guy” at treaty fishing rights protests, which eventually led to the Boldt Decision, a 1974 federal court case that reaffirmed tribal rights. In later decades, Frank became a widely admired advocate for Northwest salmon and natural resource protection. Inslee and other state officials were ushered into the school by Nisqually drummers and singers wearing hand-sewn regalia. Numerous relatives and descendants of Frank attended the signing ceremony and sat beneath a mounted, weathered dugout canoe paddled by their elder when he was young. “He’d be happy to see this,” said Willie Frank III, speaking of his father, at the bill signing ceremony. “But he’d also tell all of us up here on the stage that we’re not done. We’re a long ways from being done. We have a lot more work to do.” Inslee signed Democratic state Rep. Debra Lekanoff’s bill at the Wa He Lut Indian School on the banks of the Nisqually River near Olympia, near where the Frank family had once lived.
 
Washington state’s second presence in the Capitol statuary collection is a 1980 casting of Mother Joseph, a 19th century Catholic nun who was responsible for the construction of hospitals, schools and orphanages throughout the Northwest.

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  • May 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Gig Harbor History Museum Literary Society ZOOM event: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
 
 
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise”. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return. This event is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please contact Cindy Hackett at cynthia.hale.hackett@gmail.com . ZOOM event information will be provided the weekend prior to the event, visit Here for more details.
 
  • May 8, 11:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum: Fort from Home – Tinsmithing.
 
 
Join Fort Nisqually for a program on tinsmithing – learn about basic tools and techniques of 19th century tinsmithing and tin objects from Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s collection. The program will include a demonstration of how tin cups were made by hand and how the process changed with the introduction of simple machines.
The Fort from Home series brings the talents and expertise of Fort Nisqually interpreters to audiences through live, interactive virtual programming. For more information and to register, visit Tickets.
 
  • May 11 6:00 PM. Lacey Museum – History Talks via ZOOM! A Snapshot in Time: Salmon, Historical Craft, and the Culvert Case.
 
Historian Joseph Taylor
 
Narratives about the past usually trace change over time, but legal proceedings insist on the opposite: the past is fixed in time and place. For historians, the demands are very different when writing for this standard. Contexts are narrow and specific. All that matters is the moment. What happened later is irrelevant. In this virtual event, historian Joseph Taylor will discuss how he addressed these demands while working as an expert witness in U.S. et al. v. Washington, commonly called the “Culvert Case.” He will explain the challenges of reconstructing ecological and cultural conditions at the time of the Stevens treaties in 1854 and 1855, as well as the implications of this form of history on how we understand our own times. To register for this free event, visit Here.
 
Joseph Taylor grew up in California and Oregon, and has worked in the area as a commercial fisherman and truck driver. A graduate of the University of Washington (1996), his primary fields of research in the last ten years have been in environmental history and the history of western North America. Taylor is currently a professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
 
  • May 13, 7:00PM – 9:30PM. Washington State Historical Society– Cooper.
 

D.B.Cooper, the hijacked plane and some recovered cash.
 
Alive or deceased? Disgruntled or ingenious? Folk hero or terrorist? This program explores the layers of myth and mystery surrounding the 1971 hijacking of Northwest Orient Flight 305 and the enigmatic figure at that story’s center. See material released by the FBI and hear harrowing first-hand accounts of crisis decision making from that Thanksgiving eve flight. Learn how to make D.B. Cooper’s favorite mixed drink, review fashions from the time period, and decide if you think a human could survive a mid-flight jettison from a Boeing 727 aft staircase. Included in your ticket purchase is a downloadable event kit with the cocktail recipe so you can prep the ingredients, as well as items to get you ready for other History After Hours activities! This event is limited to those 21 and over. For more information, visit Tickets.
 
  • May 15, 11:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum: Fort from Home – The Beaver, Otter, and Fairy.
 
 
Join Fort Nisqually Interpreter, Tug, for a discussion on early steam navigation on the Puget Sound. Tug will share the history of three historic vessels, the Beaver, Otter, and Fairy and present his hand made model of the steamer Fairy and other artifacts. For more information and to register, visit Tickets.
 
  • May 20, 5:00PM – 6:45PM. Washington State Historical Society– South Sound Japanese American Day of Remembrance. Never Again: The story of the Japanese American incarceration.
 
 

A young girl imprisoned at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho during World War II. Courtesy Densho Digital Repository.
 
Join the WSHS online to see a performance of Never again: The story of the Japanese American incarceration, presented by Dukesbay Productions. The play features a collection of first-person stories of people who were forced into incarceration camps during World War II. Over the course of several scenes, five actors will bring this powerful history to life. Tacoma-based actor, producer, co-founder of Dukesbay Productions, and descendant of World War II incarceration Aya Hashiguchi Clark edited and directed the play. She researched and identified the stories of the individuals featured in this production through Densho, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans. This program will be live streamed on Facebook, but you do not need a Facebook account to access it. The live program is viewable for everyone. Click  Here to see the program when it begins at 5 PM on May 20, 2021. For more information about this program and how to view, as well as suggestions for FREE! wifi, visit Here.
 
  • May 20, 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Washington State Historical Society– University of Washington Tacoma Scholarly Selections – Day of Remembrance. Never Again is Now: Japanese American Incarceration, Anti-Asian Violence, and Immigration Detention in the 21st Century.
 
Join WSHS for a panel discussion about the history and meaning of U.S. government surveillance of Japanese Americans and World War II incarceration, in the context of  contemporary issues of anti-Asian violence, immigration and labor, private detention centers, and border patrol. Informed by history, the panel will address relevant questions about democracy and civil liberties, neoliberal policies, citizenship, and American identity. Panelists will also consider the possibilities of solidarity between social justice movements for freedom and equality, including Black Lives Matter. Click Watch Here to see the program when it begins at 7 PM on May 20, 2021. For more information on connecting, as well as a full participants and their backgrounds, visit Here.
 
  • May 27, 11:00 AM. Gig Harbor History Museum Literary Society Virtualevent: .
 
 
Join David Williams, author of the new book Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound for an interview with Claire Keller-Scholz, Art, Culture, & Heritage Administrator at Metro Parks Tacoma and former Curator at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Williams research, including at the Museum’s archives and library, sheds new light on Fort Nisqually’s relationship to the Puget Sound. Homewaters weaves history and science into a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits the Sound and offers longtime residents new insight into and appreciation of the waters they call home. Not far from Seattle skyscrapers live 150-year-old clams, more than 250 species of fish, and underwater kelp forests as complex as any terrestrial ecosystem. For millennia, vibrant Coast Salish communities have lived beside these waters dense with nutrient-rich foods, with cultures intertwined through exchanges across the waterways. Transformed by settlement and resource extraction, Puget Sound and its future health now depend on a better understanding of the region’s ecological complexities. Focusing on the area south of Port Townsend and between the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on, and around the Sound. In conversations with archaeologists, biologists, and tribal authorities, Williams traces how generations of humans have interacted with such species as geoducks, salmon, orcas, rockfish, and herring. He sheds light on how warfare shaped development and how people have moved across this maritime highway, in canoes, the mosquito fleet, and today’s ferry system. The book also takes an unflinching look at how the Sound’s ecosystems have suffered from human behavior, including pollution, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change. For more information and to register for this event, visit Tickets.
 
  • May 27, 7:30 PM. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage- Welcome to Indian Country.
 
Welcome to Indian Country features an all Native American cast who offer seven songs and seven stories about life, love, connecting to culture, survival and resilience. This show exemplifies the vibrant life of modern Native people as well as honors ancestors. In partnership with Indigenous Performance Productions, the Washington Center is providing technical theater support and regional partnership on the co-creation of Welcome to Indian Country. This effort is supported in part by grants from Washington Women’s Foundation, City of Olympia, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe. The Washington Center Main Stage is located at 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For more information visit Here, or contact 360-753-8586.
 
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Bulletin – February 2021

February 1, 2021        

 

It’s Time to Renew, Join, Rejoin!

 

The annual membership drive for 2021 for Olympia Historical Society  & Bigelow House Museum is underway! Notices for renewals will be sent to current and past members and interested persons in the community via e-mail only this year. We always welcome new members as well! Your annual dues support the newsletter, the Thurston County History Journal, continued programming, operation of the Bigelow House Museum, our website, and our continuing work toward a local downtown history museum and history archive for public research.  As a small, all volunteer organization, your contributions have always been critical to our success. Please join, rejoin, or renew for 2021 now, via either the membership notice being sent to you, or CLICK HERE!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bigelow House Museum remains closed. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Museum, and due to cancellation of fundraising events, we are asking our friends to consider an extra donation this year. Please help support the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow Museum through our $25 for 25 Campaign! 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 DONATE to give $25 or any other amount to this campaign, either by credit card or with your PayPal account. Or you can mail us a check; 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 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.

 
And mark your calendars for a special virtual presentation on February 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Dr. Thelma Jackson will present, The Presence of Blacks in Thurston County: 1950-1975. Dr. Jackson’s presentation in early 2020 was a standing-room only event at the Olympia Center, and you will not want to miss this follow-up. The Zoom link and other information will be sent ahead of the program. To receive the link, email olyhistory@gmail.com.
 

Dr. Thelma Jackson
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Attorney General Sues to Save National Archives in Seattle.
 
Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, together with twenty-nine federally recognized tribes, Alaskan tribal entities, and tribal communities from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, as well as nine community organizations, historical preservation societies and museums and the state of Oregon, have filed a law suit against the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) building in Seattle. The building hosts exclusive and un-digitized tribal and treaty records, as well as Chinese Exclusion Act case files and records regarding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The records are invaluable resources for researchers, historians and individuals seeking information about their family history or heritage. Tribal members use federal archive records to establish tribal membership, demonstrate and enforce tribal rights to fishing and other activities, trace their lineage and ancestry and access native school records. If these historical records are removed from the Pacific Northwest, many tribal members will be prevented from exercising these important rights. According NARA’s Seattle director, only “.001% of the facility’s 56,000 cubic feet of records are digitized and available online.” The archives house a significant collection of tribal and treaty records relating to the 272 federally recognized tribes in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The archives contain original drafts of tribal treaties and original copies of correspondence from treaty negotiations during the mid-19th century. The federal government did not consult with Northwest tribal leaders before deciding to move these significant pieces of tribal history thousands of miles away from the Northwest, depriving local tribes of access to these critical historical documents. The move to sell the building was initiated by the Public Records Reform Board, under Donald Trump. Visit the Washington Attorney General’s Office for additional information.

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Washington State Historical Society has gathered some fun and engaging learning activities and lessons for your family to use at home, from coloring pages featuring Washington icons, to their new museum app, to podcasts and social studies curriculum!
 
Explore Washington History Online
 
Explore the Historical Society’s collections online by entering a type of object (baskets, for example) or a subject (logging, for example) and see what comes up!
 
Explore Using The New App
 
Explore exhibitions at the History Museum using the new app, WA State History Museum. It’s free to download from the app store for iPhones, and free to use the web app on Android smartphones or on computers.
 
Activity Sheets for the App
 
Ready to have fun and do activities while virtually visiting the museum? Download and print the activity sheets (below) to begin exploring an exhibition through the WA State History Museum app from the comfort of home!
 
Washington: My Home
Hope in Hard Times
Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest
The Not-So-Ordinary
 
History Lessons To Go
 
Do you want to learn more deeply and engage with new historical content? Try a “History Lesson To Go” as part of your distance learning! These lessons also connect with information on the WA State History Museum app.
 
CSI Lewis: The Mystery of Meriwether Lewis’ Death
Point of View Part 1: Understanding Treaties
Point of View Part 2: Using Art to Understand the Past
 
Stories of Pacific Northwest History from Columbia Magazine and Podcast
 
Find amazing articles about the rich history of the Pacific Northwest in the archives of the award-winning popular history magazine, COLUMBIA.
 
Listen to the Columbia Conversations Podcast, hosted by Feliks Banel , a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Radio, and editor of Columbia.  The podcasts  feature interviews with historians from around Washington and the Old Oregon Territory, plus historic sound files.
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 The Washington State Legislature is in session, and History buffs should know about the Legislature’s Heritage Caucus, which meets regularly during the 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 cultural, heritage and the arts. Additional heritage related resources offered by the Legislature include workshops which provide training in the skills needed to operate small to medium-size museums and heritage organizations, conferences such as the Pacific Northwest History Conference, offered continuously since 1947, which brings together scholars, students, and the public to discuss and debate new perspectives on Northwest history. For more information on the Caucus, visit ARTSWA.
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  • February  2, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Gig Harbor Literary Society ZOOM event: No – No Boy by John Okada. 
 

No-No Boy has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature,” writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword. First published in 1957, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the Japanese internment behind them. It was not until the mid-1970s that a new generation of Japanese American writers and scholars recognized the novel’s importance and popularized it as one of literature’s most powerful testaments to the Asian American experience.
 
No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life “no-no boys.” Yamada answered “no” twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle. As Ozeki writes, Ichiro’s “obsessive, tormented” voice subverts Japanese postwar “model-minority” stereotypes, showing a fractured community and one man’s “threnody of guilt, rage, and blame as he tries to negotiate his reentry into a shattered world.” The first edition of No-No Boy since 1979 presents this important work to new generations of readers.
 
This event is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please contact Cindy Hackett at cynthia.hale.hackett@gmail.com . ZOOM event information will be provided the weekend prior to the event, visit Here for more information.

  • February 5, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Lacey Timberland Library (Lacey). Virtual Event – People and Microbes on the Move: an Evening with Science Journalist and Author Sonia Shah.

Sonia Shah

Join the Lacey Timberland Library for an evening with prizewinning science journalist and author Sonia Shah. Sonia will be reading from her most recent book with a Q & A to follow. Sonia is the author of five nonfiction books, including the topical titles Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Coronaviruses and Beyond and The Next Great Migration: the Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, published in 2020. Sonia’s writing explores the intersection of science, politics, and human rights. She has written for The New York Times, the Wall Street JournalScientific American, and the Nation; and has been featured and interviewed on RadiolabFresh AirDemocracy Now!, Senator Bernie Sanders’ Coronavirus roundtable, CNN with Fareed Zakaria, and TED Connects. Registration for this event closes February 5, visit HERE for more information.

  • February 10, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Timberland Regional Library. Virtual Event – Julia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician. 

Julia Butler Hansen
 

Julia Butler Hansen was the second woman and first female Democrat elected to the U.S. Congress from Washington State. Undefeated in 41 consecutive elections, she retired in 1974. In her amazing career, Julia came to be known as The Duchess of CathlametThe Sage of Wahkiakum CountyThe Little Old Lady in Logging BootsMrs. Highways, or Madame Queen. Her name was recognizable enough that her campaign buttons eventually just said “Julia” in script, which is also how she was addressed by her constituents. Join Historian John Hughes to learn about her trailblazing career, spent championing issues like transportation, education, and women’s rights. Hughes’ presentation and biography examines the fascinating woman behind the nicknames. Historian John Hughes is the author of Julia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician and Ahead of the Curve. For more information and to register, visit TRL Events.

  • February 11, 7:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Fort From Home Nightcap – 19th Century Birth Control.   

19th Century Birth Control Devices

Fort from Home brings the talents and expertise of Fort Nisqually historians to you live through interactive virtual programming!  Join the Fort for a Fort from Home Nightcap: 19th Century Birth control. Fort Interpreter Elizabeth will share her research on 19th century birth control, including types, availability, and conventions. Visit Register Now for more information and to sign up. Questions? Contact Event and Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Rudrud at elizabeth.rudrud@tacomaparks.com, or call 253.404.3970.

  • February 20, 11:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Fort from Home for KIDS! – Crochet. 

Fort from Home for Kids is a kid-friendly program led by Fort Nisqually high school Apprentice Interpreters. Learn heritage skills at home! This month, Fort Nisqually Apprentice Interpreter Abigail teaches you the basics of crochet. Please have ready simple knitting supplies, including a crochet hook and yarn. Questions? Contact fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com. For more information and to register for this virtual event, visit Crochet.

  • February 22, 6:00 PM. Lacey Museum – History Talks via ZOOM! A People’s History of the Seven Inlets of the Southern Salish Sea.

The historical narrative of the Squaxin Island people is an ancient history from time immemorial and can be traced back to the recession of glaciers. They are the people of the seven inlets of Steh-Chass of Olympia, Noo-Seh-Chatl of Henderson Inlet, Squi-Aitl of Eld Inlet, Sawamish/T’Peeksin of Totten Inlet, Sa-Heh-Wa-Mish of Hammersley Inlet, S’Hotle-Ma-Mish of Carr Inlet, and Squaksin-wa-mish of Case Inlet. Their history is one of hospitality, medicine, longevity of life, regional trading networks and the birthplace of NW Tribal religious movement.  To register for this free vent, visit Seven Inlets.

  • February 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Washington State Historical Society  – Black History is Washington History – From Migration to Mark Making: George Bush, Jacob Lawrence, and the impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State.
 In 1972, the State of Washington invited artist Jacob Lawrence to create a work of significance about a central figure in Black history in Washington. He chose to paint five panels in gouache on paper representing a historical narrative about settler George Bush, a Black pioneer who, in 1844, co-founded the first permanent settlement in what is now Tumwater, after migrating from Missouri to escape the racism of the region. Jacob Lawrence was an internationally renowned painter who lived in Seattle and taught as an art professor at the University of Washington. Lawrence was also a member of the Washington State Arts Commission and was one of the first Black visual artists to focus on African American history as the subject matter of his art. The five-part work he created for this commission is highly regarded, and a significant part of the Washington State Historical Society’s collection. The WSHS also holds in its collections items from the late 1800s and early 1900s that belonged to the Bush family, along with photographs and negatives showing Bush family members, as well as letters and documents related to the work of George Bush JR., the state’s first Black legislator relating to land ownership for Black settlers. Join the Museum for a program about the rich and detailed paintings that comprise Lawrence’s work and the historical objects that help us understand the Bush legacy. Learn about the contributions of both of these men to Washington’s history.  This FREE! virtual event is taking place via Facebook Live @HistoryMuseum. For more information visit WSHM.
  • February 27, 11:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Fort from Home – Victorian Cooking: Offal. 
The Fort from Home Victorian Cooking Series presents demonstrations of historical recipes and historical food research, and provides tips on how to adapt Victorian cooking to a modern kitchen. This month it is about all things offal, defined as the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food, which are surprisingly nutritious, despite their name rhyming with “awful.” Fort Interpreter Lawrence, AKA Thornhill, will be using the organs harvested from last month’s Butchering and Curing workshop to demonstrate and discuss using animal organs in a Victorian kitchen. Questions? Contact fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com. For more information and to register for this virtual event, visit Offal.
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Bulletin – 12/31/2020

January 1, 2021     
Our Annual Meeting Approaches!
 
Olympia Historical Society  & Bigelow House Museum will hold its virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm. The program will highlight the 90th anniversary of the Thurston County Courthouse, built in 1930. A distinguished panel will discuss the history of the courthouse from a first-hand perspective along with the successful efforts to preserve the building. The annual business meeting will follow the program and will include board elections. Members will be sent an invitation prior to the meeting.  If others wish to attend the program, e-mail olyhistory@gmail.com by January 21 at 5:00 pm to receive the meeting link.
 
It’s Time to Renew, Join, Rejoin!
The annual membership drive for 2021 for Olympia Historical Society  & Bigelow House Museum is underway! Notices for renewals will be sent to current and past members and interested persons in the community via e-mail only this year. We always welcome new members as well! Your annual dues support the newsletter, the Thurston County History Journal, continued programming, operation of the Bigelow House Museum, our website, and our continuing work toward a local downtown history museum and history archive for public research.  As a small, all volunteer organization, your contributions have always been critical to our success. Please join, rejoin, or renew for 2021 now, via either the membership notice being sent to you, or CLICK HERE!
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bigelow House Museum remains closed. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Museum, and due to cancellation of fundraising events, we are asking our friends to consider an extra donation this year. Please help support the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow Museum through our $25 for 25 Campaign! 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 DONATE to give $25 or any other amount to this campaign, either by credit card or with your PayPal account. Or you can mail us a check; 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 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.
 

THANK YOU!!!


 

The Washington State History Museum in Olympia is hosting an exhibit titled Votes for Women – 100 Years and Counting through the 17th of January, see the listing below for more details. And, to mark 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment gave most women the right to vote, The Washington State Historical Society, Women’s Commission and Women’s History Consortium are teaming up to lead statewide programs and to represent Washington in nationwide initiatives. Check out the Votes for Women website for all the great connections to curriculum, activities across our state, downloads and more!
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  • January 1 thru 17. Washington State Historical Society Exhibit  – Votes for Women – 100 Years and Counting.

This exhibition will greet visitors a few weeks after the History Museum is able to reopen. NOTE: Dates may change. Please check the WSHM website before visiting.
 
Washington women led the way! The Washington State Historical Society’s exhibition, Votes for Women: 100 Years and Counting, is an intriguing look at the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Focusing on both the national story and our state’s story, this exhibition explains how Washington women contributed to the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment. Votes for Women is a vibrant celebration of female achievements in politics and society.
This exhibition invites visitors to learn by turning the galleries into an immersive game focused on women and voting rights. Learn the who, what, where, why and why not of Washington’s suffrage battle. Find out who could legally cast a ballot and who could not during the history of the on-again-off-again vote for women. Journey through an interactive timeline, voting at key spots along the way, to understand the importance of voting to our society and how women’s suffrage has impacted and affected our nation over time. You’ll come out knowing the names of those  who fought for this basic constitutional right, and you’ll appreciate your right to vote as never before!  The curators of this exhibition, Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring, are the authors and artists behind the book Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color. Votes for Women will be richly illustrated with work created by O’Leary and Spring exclusively for this exhibition as well as historic objects and ephemera from the Washington State Historical Society collections. The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

  • January  5, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Gig Harbor Literary Society ZOOM event: The Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison.   

For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how? In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity. That’s the birthright for all Americans, isn’t it? If so, then what is Mike Muñoz’s problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can’t seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. And it’s looking really good. Lawn Boy is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself. This event is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please contact Cindy Hackett at cynthia.hale.hackett@gmail.com . ZOOM event information will be posted the weekend prior to the event, visit Here for more information.

  • January  5, 7:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Fort From Home – Moving Fort Nisqually.   

Fort from Home brings the talents and expertise of Fort Nisqually historians to you live through interactive virtual programming.  Fort Nisqually was originally established by the Hudson’s Bay Company on the traditional lands of the Nisqually people. Today, it is located on the traditional lands of the Puyallup people. Fort Nisqually was reconstructed at Point Defiance Park during the Great Depression. As millions faced unemployment, the project employed 200 young men at $30/month. Housed, fed, and clothed (in WWI surplus uniforms) by the Civilian Conservation Corps, most of the earnings were sent home to family. Join Fort historian Jerry Eckrom to learn the story behind this move. Questions? Contact Event and Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Rudrud at elizabeth.rudrud@tacomaparks.com, or call 253.404.3970. Register here.

  • January 9, 10:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Heritage Skills Workshop – Butchering and Curing Workshop.   

Heritage Skills Workshops preserve traditional skills through instruction, demonstration, and experiential learning. This workshop will demonstrate seam butchery, using only knives and cleavers. Learn about nitrate free whole muscle curing and basic cooking methods. Registration deadline: January 2, 2021. Questions? Contact us a fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com. Register Here.  Fort Nisqually is located at 5519 Five Mile Dr., Tacoma. Video recording of session will be available.

  • January 9, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Tacoma Public Library (Tacoma): Tacoma Reads ZOOM Event: A Conversation with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Hosted by Mayor Woodards.   

Join Tacoma Public Library and Mayor Woodards for a keynote Tacoma Reads event, a conversation with the author of Children of the Land, an unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo about growing up undocumented in the United States. Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. His memoir Children of the Land (Harper Collins, 2020) is his most recent publication and explores the ideas of separation from deportation, trauma, and mobility between borders. The novel recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young man’s attempt to build a future in a nation that denies his existence. Registration for this event will open on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2020. A discussion with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and City of Tacoma Mayor Woodards will be followed with a moderated Q&A. The event will be hosted on ZOOM.
 
Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated at the age of five with his family to the California central valley. As an AB540 student, he earned his B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. His immigration case was used by the Supreme Court to justify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under president Obama. Castillo is a founding member of the Undocupoets Campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in this country and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers award from Poets & Writers Magazine. Through a literary partnership with Amazon Publishing, he has helped to establish The Undocupoet Fellowship which provides funding to help curb the cost of submissions to journals and contests.  Registration is now open for this event.

  • January 14, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Tacoma Public Library (Tacoma): ZOOM Event – Tense Transitions of Presidential Power.   

Our nation is in the midst of one of the most unusual transitions of presidential power, as the sitting president refuses to concede, is filing multiple lawsuits claiming widespread voter fraud, and attempting to influence what electors are selected in key states for the Electoral College. Has this ever happened before? Not exactly like this, but there have been some very tense and uncertain transfers of presidential power. Join this ZOOM event in which presidential historian Mike Purdy will unpack some other tense interregnums, the term sometimes used to describe the time from election day to inauguration day. Mr. Purdy will also comment on how our current situation is different and similar to previous transitions from one president to another.
 
Registration is required for this program, visit HERE for more information and to register.
 
Mike Purdy is a Seattle-based presidential historian who writes at PresidentialHistory.com  which includes a blog, video, and resources about the presidents. He is the author of the well-received book 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us. He is a frequent speaker on issues of presidential history and presidential campaigns, and has been quoted and interviewed by the media including the Associated Press, CNN, The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, C-SPAN, Reuters, Reader’s Digest, BBC, KBTC, Tacoma News Tribune, and other national and international media. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.

  • January 18, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Washington State Historical Society  – Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with FREE online performances and activities! 

The Washington State Historical Society is joining community partners to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a range of ONLINE activities via Facebook Live and ZOOM. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and explore how history connects us all.  This event will include online theater performances with Tacoma Arts Live, with an opportunity for questions and answers with the performers and director, including Get on the Bus at 11:00 AM and Ruby Bridges at 1:00 PM. There will also be poetry writing activities led by Write253, inspired by Civil Rights era poetry, art making guided by arts educator Valencia Carroll, and downloadable online exhibitions from Washington State History Museum about Dr. King’s visit to Washington and the Tacoma Civil Rights Movement. Details are still in flux, visit MLK Event for up to date information.

  • January 18, 6:00 PM. Lacey Museum – History Talks via ZOOM! Using DNA to Trace Your Ancestry.  

DNA testing for genealogy is becoming more popular and common. Learn about the different types of DNA testing available in this online presentation in which the speaker will describe how she used her DNA results to discover the true identity of her great grandfather. Find out what you may learn when you use genetic genealogy as part of your family history research! To register for this free, online event, visit DNA.

  • January 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Tacoma Public Library (Tacoma): ZOOM Event – Tacoma Reads: Book Discussion of Dear America – The Story of an Undocumented CitizenYoung Readers Edition by Jose Antonio Vargas.  

Vargas… considers what it means to be American and how it feels when you are considered alien in your own home. – Library Journal
 
Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. He didn’t know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. In this young readers’ adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. Join Tacoma Public Library for a virtual book discussion of the Tacoma Reads 2020 selection for young readers, Dear America: The Story of An Undocumented Citizen; Young Readers Edition. Aimed at ages 13 to 24.  Registration is required.

  • January  19, 6:00 PM. University of Puget Sound ZOOM Event – 35th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

All are invited to attend the University of Puget Sound’s 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration! The program will include messages from various Puget Sound community members and a keynote address featuring multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist, Anastacia-Reneé. No stranger to the Sound, she served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019. For more information on Anastacia-Reneé and the scope of her work, please visit: http://www.anastacia-renee.com/. This event is free and open to the public, ZOOM Meeting ID: 939 5937 6766. For more information, visit Here.

  • January 21, 6:00 PM. Tacoma Historical Society ZOOM Event – Earthwise & Second Choice: Salvage Stories. 

Tacoma Historical Society co-sponsors the Virtual Heritage Cafe: Broadening Horizons in Historic Preservation with the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office and Historic Tacoma. Join the Society for a ZOOM event featuring Aaron Blanchard of Earthwise Architectural Salvage and Amanda Harryman of Second Use Building Materials, as they share stories from their work in architectural salvage. A ZOOM link will be posted as the date approaches, click Here for more information.

  • January 23, 11:00 AM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma): Fort From Home for Kids – Cardboard Weaving. 

Fort from Home brings the talents and expertise of Fort Nisqually interpreters to you live through interactive virtual programming.  In this program, Fort Nisqually Apprentice Interpreter Kessa teaches you to make your own cardboard loom and learn to weave mini (very mini) blankets. Register here. Fort from Home for Kids is a kid-friendly program led by Fort Nisqually high school Apprentice Interpreters. Learn about their high school program here. Questions? Contact Event and Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Rudrud at elizabeth.rudrud@tacomaparks.com, or call 253.404.3970.

  • January 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Washington State Historical Society  – Challenging History: Racism and City Development’s Impact on Washington’s Health Today.

Decisions made decades ago can significantly impact the everyday lives of people today. Join Dr. Tomas A. Madrigal, Equity and Social Justice Consultant and Rad Cunningham, Manager of the Climate Change and Health section at Washington State Department of Health for an online event taking a look back at policy decisions around transportation and housing in minority communities and how they continue to impact Washingtonians’ health. They will also look into the future to explore if the health impacts on minority communities can be rectified through more thoughtful infrastructure planning around autonomous vehicles. This FREE! virtual event is taking place via Facebook Live @HistoryMuseum
 

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