Thanks go to Ralph Blankenship for securing Gloria Dei Church for the general membership meeting, a pot luck dinner, held November 21. The gathering provided a great opportunity for several of us to discuss our recent research activities; the talks included historical tidbits on the Oregon Trail, Lacey, Alaska and of course, Olympia.

Congratulations to member Drew Crooks for editing Olympia Washington: A People’s History, recently published as part of Olympia’s sesquicentennial celebration. Kudos also go to member Deb Ross for the successful launch of her book, Konrad and Albertina, based on the true story of Olympia pioneers Konrad and Albertina Schneider.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season.