The Third Thirty

The Third Thirty is a community oral history project that invites South Sound elders to share their stories and memories about a moment in time or to explore a question or theme in relation to their own experience. The stories are gathered by Thurston County residents – many who are also in their “third thirty” years of life – who enroll in a workshop(s) taught by WSM. Participants learn the art and practice of oral history, build their listening and interviewing skills, and consider the ethical issues of gathering and sharing other peoples’ stories while interviewing a community member.

This is an ongoing project that began in the fall of 2018. Contact if you are interested in participating.

most recent story

September 30, 2021

“I'm looking forward to hearing from a beautiful new generation of storytellers, young and old. Just bring forth every possibility! Sharpen those tools and get that cranium going and be who you really are and see who you are. A storyteller is a doctor. A storyteller is a nurse. A storyteller is a fireman. We all have our stories to be told. And that's what will make a better future.”


Quinault weaver & storyteller
Local resident since 1957