Around the Sound: Anderson Island Historical Society begins long-awaited Archive Building

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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…]

Around the Sound: Steilacoom woman marks 99th birthday

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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…]

Mt. St. Helens erupted 35 years ago

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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…]

The Puppets in My Living Room

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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…]

Around the Sound: Architectural history in Lakewood, Steilacoom

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…]