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History Talks! A Deadly Wind with John Dodge
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
In case you missed it last year, veteran journalist John Dodge will return to speak about his popular book on the 1962 Columbus Day Storm. This freak of nature storm had deadly winds topping 100 mph killing dozens and injuring hundreds, and damaging more than 50,000 homes. Dodge will be available for book signing after the talk.
Historic Bus Tour of Greater Lacey
Sunday, October 13, 2019 $39
Registration is open!!
Our popular historic walking tour inspired us to branch out with a historic bus tour so that we can share even more interesting sights in the Lacey area. Stops will include the Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery, the Jacob Smith House and the original site of the Lacey racetrack. Museum educator Marisa Merkel will keep everyone entertained for this day-long adventure that will include lunch and a short talk on Lacey's resort history at the Gwinwood Conference Center.
History Talks! The Cowlitz Trail
Monday, November 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
After trudging across two-thirds of the North American continent on the Oregon Trail, pioneers finally reached the Oregon Territory. Some decided to carry on to the Puget Sound on what was often called the worst road of the entire cross-country experience--the Cowlitz Trail. Karen Johnson explores the development of the Cowlitz Trail and the characters one would have met along the way. Johnson is a researcher, writer, and the curator of the Schmidt House, which is owned by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.
Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
From canoe journeys to flying cars (that actually worked!), explore the history and culture of travel in Washington State. Author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas takes audiences on a tour of notable highlights of state transportation history, examining not just how we get around, but why we travel and where we might be going next.
The audience will be invited to share family stories of migration, memories of first flights and unforgettable car trips, and consider a future of autonomous cars and vacations in space.
This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington.
History Talks! Lacey's Role in Radio History
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
Longtime broadcaster and community activist Dick Pust talks about how one of the first radio stations in the nation got its start in Lacey. Illustrated with many historic images, he will also share how radio helped shape the lives of local residents. Pust, who spent more than 50 years in local broadcasting, will share his personal recollections including that time Hollywood superstar Bob Hope visited Lacey in the 1970s.
History Talks! The African American Legacy in Washington State
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
To celebrate African American History Month, Lacey Museum is privileged to host retired University of Washington professor Dr. Quintard Taylor, with a presentation about the broader aspects of our region’s African American history. In 2004, Taylor created an online website resource center for African American history called BlackPast.org, which contains an amazing array of information from encyclopedia-type entries and audio and video recordings to first-hand accounts of important events. He has also written numerous books and articles on African American history.
History Talks! Washington Suffragettes--Ahead of Our Time
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
Although 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the federal 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, Washington women won the vote a decade earlier in 1910. Well-known local historian Shanna Stevenson will present the history of suffrage in Washington State. Her presentation will include the fascinating tale of local women who played a major role in the movement as well as the pioneering women who were political leaders of Thurston County.
History Talks! Destination: Lacey
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers
Museum Curator, Erin Quinn Valcho, will take the audience on a photographic journey through Lacey's resort era, when clubs were exclusive, roads were treacherous, and summers at Lacey lakes were an adventurous excursion. Although the heyday of Lacey's resort era was during the roaring 20s, the history spans six decades from the 1910s through the 1960s. Find out what brought people, how the resorts came to be, and what happened to them. At the end, you'll be invited to share your stories of Lacey's lakes.