History talk scheduled

OlympianMarch 6, 2014 

The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Preservation Association will host a program focused on one young Yankee's life in the Washington Territory 1 p.m., March 15, at the state Capital Museum Coach House.

Local historians Karen L. Johnson and Dennis M. Larsen will present from their new book "A Yankee on Puget Sound," which tells the story of Edward Jay Allen who arrived in Olympia in 1852 and claimed donation land on today's Cooper Point.

During his three years in the territory, he surveyed and helped construct the Naches Pass wagon road, made the first documented ascent of Mount Adams and explored Puget Sound in a whale boat.

In their illustrated PowerPoint talk, the two historians will describe the unusual research that went into telling Allen's story.


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