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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.

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