Learn about the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road

Karen Meador will give an illustrated talk about the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road, at 2 p.m., March 15, 2015 in quarters 2 (9601 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood on the grounds of Western State Hospital). The road was part of a network of military roads constructed under the supervision of the U. S. Army in the 1850’s. Information 253-582-5838 or www.historicfortsteilacoom.org.

Around the Sound: Looking back in the ‘Lakewood Log’

Thanks to Milt Davidson and Sally Jacky Davidson for the loan of the 1943 Edition of the Lakewood Log. Editor Charles Mann published the Log beginning in 1937. Here are a few news items from the March 19, 1943 edition. Perusing stories from long-ago newspapers, available on microfilm at Lakewood Library, provides interesting insight into the way things were in the “good old” days: [Read more…]

Around the Sound: ‘Beauty and Duty’ LHS program, Mar. 17

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The Lakewood Historical Society’s monthly program for March, 2015, celebrating International Women’s History Month:

On Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, acclaimed living historian Alice Miller will address the question, “Can fashion and military service co-exist?”, as she shows off choice items from the extensive collection of women’s service uniforms she and husband Steve Miller have collected over the years. The presentation, sponsored by The Suburban Times, will be held in the Council Chambers of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, WA and is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. [Read more…]

‘Beauty & Duty': Fashion In uniform

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On Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, acclaimed military reenactor Alice Miller will address the question, “Can fashion and military service co-exist?”, as she shows off choice items from the extensive collection of women’s service uniforms she and husband Steve Miller have collected over the years. The presentation, sponsored by The Suburban Times, will be held in the Council Chambers of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, WA and is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. [Read more…]

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

1918 Camp Lewis Greene Park Strip Map 001.30

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…]