Over a century ago, Tumwater resident Susie Lewis suffered a chain of tragedies: abuse, broken homes, infidelity, murder, abandonment, divorce, a child’s death, and a fatal disease. And her misfortunes continued even after she died. Curator Karen Johnson presents an illustrated true-crime talk about Susie’s life and loves, including the scoundrels who hounded her to an early grave.
Karen Johnson has worked in the museum field since 2001. She has written many history articles and co-authored two books about a Washington pioneer. She currently serves as the curator at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, and as the editor of the Thurston County Historical Journal.