Submitted by City of Olympia

Join the Olympia Heritage Commission and other community partners for a celebration of the heritage linked to the way Olympians have gotten from A to B for centuries. Part of national Preservation Month activities in May, Olympia Heritage Month showcases the historic places that matter our community based around a different theme each year. For 2018, Olympia is focusing on transportation history, whether on foot, hoof, two wheels, four wheels, wings, water, or rails. Free events are happening throughout the month of May and are open to all, including:

  • History in Motion Happy Hour – Join fellow Olympia history fans on this ever-popular trivia night, this time featuring a healthy mix of transportation-related questions. Hosted by the Washington State Historical Society and Washington State ArchivesThursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m., 3 Magnets (600 Franklin St SE);
  • Capitol Theater Celebrates Olympia Heritage Month – All throughout May, the Olympia Film Society is hosting movies at historic Capitol Theater that celebrate culture and heritage, including a FREE screening of The Boys of ’36, the remarkable story of University of Washington rowers at the Berlin Olympic Games. Come cheer on local hero, Don Hume! Check the Olympia Film Society’s calendar of events for other film offerings. Hosted by the Olympia Film SocietyFriday, May 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave NE);
  • Following in their Tracks: A Downtown Olympia Scavenger Hunt – Building on enthusiasm for last year’s event, the Heritage Commission is hosting another geocaching-style scavenger hunt (“OlyCache”). This time around, participants will explore places that tell the story of Olympia’s transportation history. Bring your smartphone and dress for the weather. This event may involve a fair amount of brisk walking on city sidewalks. The hunt can be completed individually but is more fun in teams. Hosted by the Olympia Heritage Commission with support from the Olympia Archaeological Society. Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2:00 p.m., starts in Room 100, Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW);
  • Historical Marker Dedication for South Sound Maritime History – Come celebrate the installation of a brand new brass marker and interpretation panels at Percival Landing to showcase the stories of the USS Olympia and Vancouver and Puget’s visit to our region back in the late 1700s. Hosted by the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association and Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. Monday, June 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Harbor House on Percival Landing (325 Columbia St NW)
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