This website offers a collection of memories and images of life in Olympia, Washington
during an era of significant social change from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Welcome to the Website!

These stories are written by and for the people who lived in Olympia during an era of major change. They revolve around the perennial needs of people everywhere— for food, housing, work, the arts, music—and how we experimented on ways to meet those needs with fairness, equity, and creativity.


The Book Project

A group of aging activists has been meeting regularly since 2020 to gather stories, interviews, and images from our younger days in Olympia, Washington during an era of rapid social change–the 1960s through the 1980s. It was a time of rebellion, civil rights movements, political upheavals, environmental awareness, and opposition to war. Not to mention sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll!


What’s New

Few pictures captured the rift between local conservatives and the hippie invasion attracted by Evergreen more than a photo taken by Felicity Scott Hutsell in 1987.