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 can't imagine life without art, without music, without literature, without theater, without visual art, without dance. I cannot imagine a life like that. And the way in which it allows people to see other’s experiences and other’s way of seeing things, and the way it touches our hearts and our souls and our shared humanity."

Artistic & Managing Director of the Heartsparkle Players
Local resident since 1974