Talking Over Old Times

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Tumwater History Videos

In a cooperative effort the Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s local history program, the City of Tumwater, and Thurston Community Media (formerly TCTV) have produced a series of short videos focusing on various aspects of Tumwater’s rich history. 

Local historian and author, Don Trosper, hosts these short videos featuring music, historic photos, and compelling details about names you may hear and see around Tumwater today, like George Bush, Michael T. Simmons, the Crosby family, and more. Don says, “There is more than enough material to produce many more of these utilizing the rich resources of the foundation archives at the Schmidt House and the City of Tumwater files from Henderson House.  It is great fun and will hopefully be helpful to students in history classes, local area residents and visitors from outside our local area.”

The first ten episodes highlight the deep roots of Tumwater and the first permanent American community in what is now the State of Washington.  The series will continue by exploring the impact of the Olympia Brewery’s Schmidt family upon Tumwater, Olympia, and the region as well as various aspects of the history of this special town.

View "Talking Over Old Times" videos on the City's YouTube channel:

The History of the West Begins in the East

The Oregon and Cowlitz Trail

Shingles as Good as Money

The Cowlitz or the End of the Oregon Trail?

Jesse Ferguson and the Gold

Log Cabin Life and Indian Relations

Early Growth and the Crosby Family

The Legend of the Sea Captain and the Preacher

Weather in Local History

Tumwater Area Schools

Tumwater  Becomes Official

The First Phase of Brewery History 

Second Time Around for the Brewery

The Schmidt's: Founders of the Brewery

The Schmidts: Leopold & Lewis 

Life in 1853 Tumwater

A River Runs Thru It

A Trip on the Streetcar Line

The Southgate Area

The Old Tumwater Methodist Church