The Des Moines Historical Society will be presenting ‘Discovery & Exploration of Puget Sound: Stories and charts from the journals of George Vancouver 1792, Charles Wilkes 1841’ on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Des Moines IOOF Hall.

Presented by Dick Blumenthal, who will discuss the earliest explorers of our inland waters, their journeys and adventures. You will be able to follow nautical charts (on the back of your handout) which includes the amazingly accurate chart from George Vancouver’s expedition of 1792. Peter Puget, Joseph Whidbey and Joseph Baker were among his shipmates.

The Charles Wilkes exploration in 1841 was responsible for many of our earli- est place names. Dick will explain the origins of names that surround us, and be happy to chat and answer audience questions.

Dick knows his subject well, and is an excellent speaker. He has written several books, which are essentially transcriptions of the explorer’s journals. These books are available on his website.

After the program, there will be door prizes and an opportunity to visit and enjoy refreshments.

The Des Moines Historical Society looks forward to seeing familiar faces, and welcomes visitors and newcomers. Please join us on Wednesday February 12, 2014 7-9 p.m. at the Des Moines IOOF Hall – 728 So. 225th St. Des Moines, WA. The one-hundred year old IOOF Hall is in downtown Des Moines, on So. 225th street, one-half block west of Marine View Drive.

For more information call Jim Langston, Program Chairman, 206 878-7205.