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History lecture series offered this summer on Capitol Campus


Learn about local history and its connection to state and national events during a series of sack lunch lectures on Capitol Campus.  

The events, which are sponsored by the Capitol Visitor Services Volunteer Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative (capitol) Building. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Here are the dates and topics: 

June 28: “Thurston County during World War I,” presented by historian and lifelong Olympia resident Jennifer Crooks. This year marks the centennial of the end of World War I, and Crooks will explore how the conflict affected Thurston County residents from a social, economic and cultural perspective.

This heritage sign is at Capitol Lake

July 17: “Historic Sites and Markers of Eastern Thurston County,” presented by historian and retired educator David Shipley, who is a volunteer with Visitor Services and chair of the Tumwater Historic Preservation Commission. Learn local facts while viewing a slideshow of hidden and overlooked historical sites and markers in eastern Thurston County. Directions will be given so that participants can take a driving tour of the sites after the presentation.

President Harry S. Truman goes for a car ride near Olympia.

Aug. 8: “President Harry Truman’s visit to Olympia,” presented by Steve Jones, who worked for 40 years as an attorney for the Washington State Senate and now volunteers for Visitor Services. This is a lighthearted look at President Harry Truman’s historic vacation to Olympia in June 1945. It’s a story complete with spies, late night poker games, and presidential shenanigans. The event will feature photos from the Truman Archives.

For more information on the lecture series, call Capitol Visitor Services at (360) 902-8880. 

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