Events & Programs

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The State Capital Museum is closed for renovations until further notice. However, public programs will continue as planned and the Coach House and grounds are still available for rental.

Ana Maria Spagna on Reclaimers
Monday, June 27, 2016
12:00 p.m.

From Washington's White Salmon River to the Timbisha Shoshone homeland, author Ana Maria Spagna drove her aging Buick along the mountain ranges of the West Coast to meet the women who persevered for decades, working to restore the landschape of the Cascades and the Sierras. A book-signing follows the program. Presented by the Women's History Consortium.

Walking Washington's History
Saturday, July 9, 2016
1:00 p.m.
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia St NW, Room 100

Author Judy Bentley will lead a walk of historic sites in downtown Olympia, the Capitol Campus and stops in between as part of special program featuring her newly published book Walking Washington’s History.   This free program will begin with a slide illustrated presentation on the history of Olympia and a quick look at historic urban walks in other Washington communities highlighted in her book. The book will be available for purchase at the program.   

This program is co-sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society and the City of Olympia. Presentation open to everyone, walking tour limited to 60 guests.

Movies at the Mansion - A Classic Film Series
Friday Nights in AugustMovie Ticket
8:45 pm – Remarks, 9:00 PM – start time

At this year's Classic Film Series we will be talking about jewel heists, scandalous affairs, logging along the Columbia and the geography of Washington State. If it rains, we move the screening to the Coach House. Snacks and drinks will be sold before and during the show. Complimentary coffee provided. Remember to bring a warm blanket and a chair!  Come early to snag a good spot!

The Apartment
Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Directed by: Billy Wilder

Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The movie begins with drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico. He impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket and with the windfall buys tools for a prospecting expedition with two men. As the gold is mined and measured, Dobbs grows increasingly paranoid and distrustful, and the men gradually turn against each other on the way toward a bitterly ironic conclusion. Directed by: John Huston

Sometimes a Great Notion

Hank Stamper (Paul Newman) and his father, Henry Stamper (Henry Fonda) own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. They loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst the town going broke and the other loggers going on strike. When Hank's trouble making half-brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts. Directed by: Paul Newman.

The Pink Panther

Peter Sellers stars as the bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau.  He is on the trail of Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as "The Phantom." Litton's is out to steal the Pink Panther, a gem of enormous worth owned by a princess. Also after the Panther is Litton's American nephew, George (Robert Wagner). Directed by: Blake Edwards.

For more information on these programs, contact Susan Rohrer at or Len Balli at