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The Story of Olympia, Washington … Amanda Smith, Political Pioneer, and Mid-Century Olympia Politics

AMANDA SMITH, POLITICAL PIONEER, Parts 1 & 2 … Women of accomplishment fill the pages of Olympia’s story, but none have had a greater influence on the city than Amanda Smith. Her two terms as Olympia’s first woman mayor changed the … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … Bordeaux, Our Black Hills Ghost Town

In this chapter of the Story of Olympia we travel to the ghost town of Bordeaux, Washington, a lazy fifteen-minute drive from Olympia. We even get to visit with a couple of authentic Bordeauxans, Armeda Tupper and Roy “Jiggers” Layton. … Continue reading

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The Story Of Olympia, Washington … A Very Special Woman, Katherine Draham

Many women of accomplishment have called Olympia home. Katherine Draham was one of them. Born in 1898, ‘Katie’ came to Olympia at age 10 with her father Dr. H.W. Partlow. After listening to her personal story and all the extraordinary … Continue reading

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MY PEOPLE PROUDLY WALKED THIS LAND … an Art Song by Joe Illing, Illustrated by Simon Kogan

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MY PEOPLE PROUDLY WALKED THIS LAND Lately I’ve had no end of fun reciting a few of my poems while simultaneously improvising piano or guitar riffs. I call them Joe’s Art Songs. They’re short and I hope they’ll give you a … Continue reading

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