Around the Sound: News stories from the past

History aficionados, who enjoy perusing old papers, can get a taste of news stories from the 19th and 20th centuries as they travel back in time during the August 15 “How the West Was Fun” tour.

Here’s a sampling of what they might read when they peruse these excerpts from papers dating back to Joseph Heath of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company: [Read more…]

Lakewood History Museum displays local golf history

Sue Scott giving visitor a souvenir postcard

After months of planning, the Lakewood History Museum debuted its much anticipated exhibit, “Playgrounds of the Lakes District: Lakewood’s Sports History”– just in time to capture the interest of U.S. Open visitors. It explores our community’s surprisingly prominent, but little known and mostly forgotten, role in the world of sports and leisure over the past century. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: Wedding Anniversary Tea inaugurates ‘Dines Out’ fundraiser


May 28, 1868 was a red-letter day in the lives of early Steilacoom residents Nathaniel Orr and his bride, Emma Thompson.  This past Sunday afternoon, one hundred forty-seven years later, a dozen guests arrived at the historic Nathaniel Orr Home on Rainier Street for a Wedding Anniversary Tea to mark that occasion. The tea was the “kick off” event for the 2015 Steilacoom Historical Museum Association’s bi-annual fundraiser, “Steilacoom Dines Out.” [Read more…]