Germans in the South Puget Sound Region in the late 19th Century

Wednesday March 8, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lacey City Hall, Council Chambers

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Program Description

After the Civil War, quite a few young men from the Prussian region of Germany made their way to the South Puget Sound, lured by expectations of prosperity—jobs, free land—and religious and social freedoms. This talk focuses on the life and death of one, Friedrich Richter, who for a time owned property on the east bank of the Nisqually Delta, land that one day would become part of the Braget Family Farm. Like many, Richter came to the region by way of Chicago, where he was on hand to experience the rowdy events of post-war politics. After his death, those involved in the administration of his estate and the sale of his land and personal property included many well-known members of the community, each with special stories to tell.


Tim Ransom attended Williams College and the University of California at Berkeley, receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology. His career has spanned photographing primates and other wildlife in East Africa for National Geographic Magazine, studying and photographing otters, bald eagles and orca whales in the San Juan Islands, working as the curator of collections at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, and a 15-year stint as a scientist and educator for the Puget Sound Action Team. He has been an active historian for almost 50 years, with a special interest in oral and local history. Tim has written two books, including his most recent one, For the Good of the Order, the Braget Farm and Land Use in the Nisqually Valley.