The white frame structure that stands at the top of Main Street in Steilacoom, looking like a light house, is getting a face lift. Wayne Becker and Daniel Linder (WB Contractors of Milton) began work replacing siding and a handrail at the historic Immaculate Conception Mission Church. [Read more…]
The Steilacoom Historical Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. [Read more…]
In a way, it was like a scene from Gulliver’s Travels this past weekend on Anderson Island.
A detailed, miniature replica of a soon-to-be-built “H-shaped” structure was the center of attraction during the May 9 groundbreaking. Surrounded by lots of really tall people, the building will take shape on a field adjacent to Anderson Island Historical Society’s (AIHS) Johnson Farm community garden, When finished later this year, it will measure 5,000 square feet. [Read more…]
May 17, l980—a group of sports fans gathered that evening at one of the local watering holes in Moses Lake, after a hard day at the ball fields, competing for spots in the regional softball tournament—“there’s nothing to do around here,” several of them groused while downing their brews. [Read more…]
A plethora of colorful puppets–selected ones from the renowned Lakewood Puppeteers–are now on display at the Lakewood Historical Museum in the Colonial Center on Mt. Tacoma Drive. [Read more…]
A narrow space between a pair of parted velvet drapes reveals a bird’s-eye glimpse of early Steilacoom—the waterfront, the wharves, and stair-cased houses ascending the town’s sloping hillside. Dressed in dark clothing and seated on opposite sides of this scene are two people who, upon closer inspection, look very familiar. The whimsical “primitive” scene hangs on the wall of the Dunkin home. The1997 painting is a private, personal tribute to their role in Steilacoom’s history. [Read more…]
If you lived in Washington on May 18, 1980, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when Mount St. Helens erupted, causing widespread devastation to areas of our state and dropping ash around the world. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that day, and the Washington State History Museum will commemorate the event with a collection of special guest speakers you don’t want to miss. [Read more…]
Just in time for the US Open: the surprisingly “ancient” history of golf in Lakewood. Admittedly, “ancient” is a relative term here–but were you aware that Lakewood is home to the oldest golf club west of the Mississippi River? [Read more…]
The puppets have all gone to the Lakewood History Museum where a display area has been created from the stage they performed on for fifty years. When they go on display Saturday, there will also be a video made 18 years ago so visitors can see Jeanne Charlton in action. Also on exhibit will be the painting of the Dippety Do-Awful Dan, the Dreadful Dragon, by one of the original puppeteers, Vivian Wessels. This exhibit not only marks the celebration of the new acquisition for the museum but also, marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Lakewood Puppeteer. [Read more…]
May is celebrated as National Historic Preservation Month, and this year’s focus is on the nation’s federal buildings.
In Tacoma, the structure that’s cited is the Federal Courthouse, which is located in the former Union Depot on Pacific Avenue. Although other architects designed that train station, two early 20th century architects, Ambrose Russell and Emmanual J. Bresemann, should be acknowledged for their local contributions. [Read more…]