Olympia Pharmacy Museum
I stumbled acorss an interesting article about Olympia in a tatered copy of Sunset Magazine, March 1970.
"OLYMPIA'S VICTORIA PHARMACY MUSEUM"
"Hundereds pf nineteenth century cure-alls are now on display in a new public pharmacy museum in Olympia, Washington, operated by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. Reconstructed in the museum is the old heussy Drug Company store. THe pharmacy, established in New York in 1865 and moved by the Heussy family to Seattle in 1890, operated for more than 75 years at the corner of First and Main streets. Iw was sold tp the pharmaceutical association in 1966. Rows of apothecary jars line the tall shelves behind the old-fashioned glass-topped display cases at one side of the main room. Bottles and jars contain such curiosities as swamp root, malaria and ague cure, blood medicine, spleen marrow for secondary anemia, lithia tablets, Oregon kidney tea, extract if cannabis, and pulverized zingiber. You'll also find such patent medicines as William's Pink Pills for Pale People, Podolax for Tropid Liver, Green's August Flower for Dyspepsia Cure, and Natural Carlsbad Sprudel Salt. At the far end of the room a worn old desk holds books of prescription records, mortar and pestle, scales, and an assortment of venerable measuring devices. Large gold-leaf signs advertise electric belts, essences, and mineral waters."
The museum was located on the 2nd floor of the Washington Education Association building at 319 7th Ave, just a few blocks away from the capitol.
A FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia:
Olympia author Linda Strever will present her new work of fiction, "Don't Look Away". Set in different eras that span the 20th century, the three stories in this lyrical novel, linked by images and juxtapositions, examine the unexplainable influences that redefine and transform our lives. Historical figure Vita Sackville-West, living in post-First World War England, is torn between her identity as a woman, wife and mother and her emerging role as the trouser-clad male lover of Violet Trefusis; Bill, an American infantry soldier new to the European front in the Second World War, is taken prisoner by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge; and Anna, a middle-aged woman who has a good-enough life in the early 1980’s, meets Thomas, an unusual and much younger man.
Saturday morning, the ship was seen departing Budd Inlet.