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.

Olympia Landscapes - Capitol Campus, State Capital Museum and Bigelow House
Thursday, July 21, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

State Arborist Brent Chapman will lead a guided tour showcasing the many varied historic trees and significant plantings. Architects Frederick Law and John Charles Olmstead designed the Washington State Capitol Campus in 1927 and it is recognized one of the most extensive and intact Olmstead-designed capitol landscapes in the nation.

At lunch, State Capital Museum Manager, Susan Rohrer, will present a slide illustrated talk on the Museum and grounds, the Lord family and house architecture designed by Joseph Wohleb. A walk of the garden will follow the presentation.

After lunch the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum staff will lead a tour of the grounds and display historic photos of the garden and crops and historic tools. The Museum will be open after the tour for guests.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Campus tour of the Olmstead landscape by Brent Chapman, State Arborist
12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.     Box Lunch in the Coach House with illustrated presentation by Susan Rohrer
 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.      Bigelow House Museum landscape tour with Ron Locke and Mary Condon

$25 per person includes a box lunch and admission to the Bigelow House. Tour is limited to 30 guests. Please call Len Balli at 360/586-0170 or email at for reservations.

Movies at the Mansion - A Classic Film Series
Friday Nights in AugustMovie Ticket
8:45 p.m. – Remarks, 9:00 p.m. – 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