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.

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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!

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  • Blossom Patches – By Pat Holm
    Around 1970, Steve Wilcox and a group of friends decided to lobby for the legalization of marijuana. We formed an organization called BLOSSOM: Basic Liberation Of Smokers and Sympathizers Of Marijuana.
  • Wild Days of Experimentation – By Pat Holm
    Our music and what we wore were the things most visible to other generations. Lots of creativity was going on in our relationships and our denial of materialism. Times “were a changin’.”
  • Car-Nation – By Pat Holm
    I was a puppeteer for many years, an art form I used in teaching to engage, entertain, and educate. In the late 1980s I worked at the Department of Ecology as a transportation coordinator to get people to drive less, take the bus more, walk more, and bike more to work. With this in mind I came up with the idea to do a giant puppet show