Around the Sound: Peter Puget explores the Salish Sea

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Do you know how Puget Sound got its name? The Inland Sea originally was called “Whulge” by the Natives.

There’s a group of historic-minded folks in Steilacoom and other nearby areas, who are working on a project to recognize the route of English explorer Capt. George Vancouver and his crew. Below is an excerpt from his orders to Lt. Peter Puget, written in May 1792. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: Greene’s Amusement Park

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Almost a century ago, there was an amusement park at JBLM.

The three-story Swiss-style, white structure, just off the I-5 Freeway, known today as the Lewis Army Museum, is the only building that remains of an amusement park that once occupied a 100-acre site.
The construction of and eventual destruction of the place known as Greene Park is just one of the many exhibits included in the military museum that encompasses exhibits of regional military history and the role of JBLM/Ft. Lewis. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: A Steilacoom Valentine

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“What’s your favorite valentine, Grandma?”

The question was posed by my 19-soon-to-be-20-year-old granddaughter in a recent, rare e-mail. She’s currently a sophomore at Washington State University studying to work in a field that’s fairly new: Marketing Information Systems, and usually way too busy to write. I understand. Ah, yes…technology! Amazing, when I think how fast the time has past. She was born a few years after I settled in the Town on the Sound and immersed myself in the culture of this place, The Place of Firsts, as it’s known. [Read more…]

Actor Danny Glover at ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ event at Pantages Theater, Jan. 25

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Acclaimed Hollywood actor Danny Glover will be the featured speaker at the January 25 tribute to the famous “Buffalo Soldiers” who served on the American frontier in the late 1800’s.

Glover has starred in dozens of films over a three decade career to include all four “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Grand Canyon”, “Color Purple”, “Witness”, “Bat 21″ and many more. Glover also produced and starred in the acclaimed cavalry epic “Buffalo Soldiers”.

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