OLYMPIA: Merged historical group plans program Saturday

jdodge@theolympian.comMarch 11, 2014 

A membership kickoff and inaugural program of the newly merged Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at the State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia.

The program features a presentation by historians Karen Johnson and Dennis Larsen, authors of “A Yankee in Puget Sound, Dispatches from Edward Jay Allen.” Arriving in the Washington Territory in 1852, Allen secured a donation land claim on Cooper Point, led the survey and construction of the Naches Pass wagon road and made the first documented ascent of Mount Adams.

The authors gathered his story from letters exchanged between Allen and his family in Pittsburgh, his Oregon Trail diary and a manuscript he wrote late in life. Books will be available for sale and signing.


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