Around the Sound: Painting Quarters 4 at Ft. Steilacoom

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A crew from Tracy Quality Paint of Gig Harbor worked this past week on painting Quarters 4 at Historic Ft. Steilacoom, on the grounds of present-day Western State Hospital.  After work is done on the Quarters 3 building, it will be painted. Before he passed away, the late Sen. Mike Carrell appropriated funds for the restoration of these buildings. Funding for painting Qtrs. 1 & 2 was provided by the Nisqually Tribe.
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Legendary Locals of Lakewood

The most recent book written by Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary, will be the topic of discussion at the Lakewood Historical Society’s next program on Tuesday, Sept 16 be held in the Parish Hall at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, next to the Lakewood Library. Their first book published by Arcadia Publishing in 2005 concentrated on historic sites. This book showcases the people who have made Lakewood the city it is today. [Read more...]

Historical Societies Join Forces to Commemorate WW I Centennial

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How and why did the “war to end all wars” begin? A variety of events and political maneuvers made World Ware I inevitable. The Lakewood and Tacoma Historical Societies will host the fundraiser “SALUTE PIERCE COUNTY” on Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4-8 pm, to mark the centennial of the First World War. Guests will learn more about how Pierce County contributed in the formation of Camp Lewis in 1917. The event will be held at the newly remodeled American Lake Conference Center at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. [Read more...]

Around the Sound: Wild carrots and weedy “sweet” peas

Two weekends ago my granddaughter and her parents loaded their vehicles and left very early Friday morning for the annual pilgrimage to the other side of the state where granddaughter was to begin her sophomore year at WSU. This morning I received a set of jpgs (see, I’m using the lingo) showing how her suite and bedroom were are arranged. Once she settled in, she helped arriving freshmen familiarize themselves with the campus. [Read more...]

Heritage Questions: What Does a Genealogy Detective look for?

Mom and Dad

It’s this Saturday! The Family Research Workshop “From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey” is this Saturday, August 16 to benefit the DuPont Historical Museum from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  I didn’t suspect until we started working on this interactive program  how much it’s possible to learn in just a few minutes, and how important are  the family stories that go with the bare facts. For instance:

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Around The Sound: Travelers advised to “stay at the Tacoma Hotel”


In the latter part of the 19th century, there was no Murano Hotel nor Lakewood’s “Best Western” Motel to house out-of-town visitors—instead it was “The Tacoma”—a sprawling four-story, 100+ room hotel, located on a bluff between 9th and 10th Streets, along Pacific Avenue, overlooking the harbor.

The hotel, built for about $400,000 by the Tacoma Land Company, according to THS member Deb Freedman, was designed by Architect Stanford White. The ornate structure included many fancy rooms, one of which, the Viking Dining Room, was designed by NW architect Kirtland Cutter.
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