DuPont Historical Society Living History Presentation by Karen Haas

K Haas

The DuPont Historical Society will kick off its 2014-2015 lecture series with a moving Civil War era living history performance (I Am Always on the Women’s Side: Vignettes of the Civil War) by historian and musician Karen Haas.

  • When: Sunday November 9th at 2:00pm
  • Where: DuPont Community Presbyterian Church – In the Historic Village
  • 502 Barksdale Ave DuPont 98327
  • Contact: Carol Estep 253.459.4339
  • Free Admission – Donations welcome.

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The “Doughboy” Story

Doughboy PVT Guy Pelsey

Mention the name “doughboy” and most people immediately envision that plump, white Pillsbury® doughboy—but the original “Doughboy” wasn’t anything like that.

The expression, “doughboy” was used a century earlier than World War I, when the term to describe American soldiers, who went “over there,” became more widespread. [Read more...]

Maritime historian to speak to ‘Learning Is ForEver’

Local author and historian, Chuck Fowler, will give a presentation titled “Tall Ships and Tugboats on Puget Sound: A Brief History.” The doors of the Garfield Book Company at PLU will open at 10:00 a.m. for walk-in registration on Tuesday, October 14th with the lecture beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost of this two hour multimedia class is only $15. More information may be found at LIFE’s website or by contacting our program coordinator, Laura Stewart at or (253) 241-4166.

Learning Is ForEver offers educational lectures for active, mature learners. A not-for-profit organization, LIFE is affiliated with Road Scholar Int’l, and is a community outreach of Pacific Lutheran University.

Why are the Historical Societies Commemorating World War 1 on October 19th?

American Lake Conference Center on JBLM

The “Great War” changed everything in world history and it is important to educate the next generation of local citizens how our region responded. The opening of Camp Lewis in 1917 started what still is a close continuing partnership that Pierce County communities have with their military neighbors.

The “Salute Pierce County” event being held on Sunday, October 19th from 4-8 pm is sponsored by the Lakewood and Tacoma Historical Societies and provides the perfect opportunity to commemorate this history.

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Art show/book signing at Lakewood History Museum

Works by Lakes High School Art students will be shown this month at Lakewood History Museum in the Colonial Center. The art display opens at Noon on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Museum. 6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive, SW.

The exhibit of 15 works is curated by LH Art Instructor Scott Waeschle and features works recently shown at the Washington State Fair. Works include a couple of prize- winners from that event. The show will continue at the Museum through the end of the month. [Read more...]

Newspaper Week, Oct. 5-11

October 5-11, 2014 marks newspaper week in America. Although technology has changed the way many people get their daily news, there’s nothing more satisfying than to visit area museums and view copies of papers from the good old days. Steilacoom Historical Museum, Lakewood Historical Museum, DuPont Historical Museum, and even Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room contain microfilm copies of early newspapers. Visiting these repositories of the past is one way to “touch” the past. [Read more...]

Steilacoom history: Charles Prosch’s reminiscences

In his book, Reminiscences of Washington Territory, Mr. Charles Prosch, editor of Steilacoom’s Puget Sound Herald, tells about that momentous offer from Capt. Lafayette Balch:

It was not my purpose to come to Washington Territory when I left New York [Mr. Prosch, born in Lancaster County, PA, had apprenticed in New York]; nor did I expect to remain on this coast longer than one or two years. A residence of 60 days in San Francisco, however, reconciled me to a permanent home on the Pacific Coast. In the winter of 1857-58 I made the acquaintance of Capt. Lafayette Balch, the town proprietor of Steilacoom. He had a small water-powered sawmill on Nisqually Bay, a lumber yard in San Francisco, and three or four vessels plying between the two places, carrying lumber down and returning with merchandise.

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The value of old newspapers

From Reminiscences of Washington Territory by Charles Prosch, pp 107-109, published by Ye Galleon Press, Fairfield, WA, 1969

In August, 1893, I received the telegraphic message following, from the Tacoma law firm of Doolittle & Goff:

“Balch case set for today. Please come on first boat or train. Bring newspaper files.”

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Dr. Maynard at Fort Nisqually’s Candlelight Tour?

Walter Neary in the Sales Shop at Candlelight.  photo credit: Russ Carmack

By Lane Sample

Walter Neary is growing a beard for the Candlelight Tour at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. He will be portraying Dr. David Maynard, a founder of Seattle, who had one of those beards where his face was clean-shaven but his chin had the beard.
“I am sure it’s going to be very warm, but right now it looks like a fuzzy white stuffed bear tore himself to shreds on my chin.” said Walter. [Read more...]