Excavating the Bush Homestead

Tuesday December 13, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers

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Program Description

Racism motivated early settlers George and Isabella Bush to travel across the Oregon Trail to Washington Territory. The Bushes came with the well-known Simmons wagon train and were among the first non-native settlers in Washington. The Bushes were known as generous members in their new community. Recent excavations of the Bush Homestead led by Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck, Professor at The Evergreen State College, found corroborating evidence of their generosity and renewed community interest in the Bush family, leading to the dedication of new monuments in the Olympia area.


Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck received her master’s degree in Classical and Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and her Ph.D. in Classics and Archaeology from Stanford. She is an archaeology professor at The Evergreen State College.