The next meeting of the UP Historical Society will be August 7, at 7:00 pm in Suite D-2 in Windmill Village. There will be a brief business meeting followed by a presentation of local history by Steve Anderson, a 1973 Curtis High graduate.
Steve is the son of our esteemed members Ed and Lorraine Anderson and is currently the Executive Director of the Carteret County Historical Museum in Moorhead, North Carolina. His talk is entitled Tales from Sahagalie Palielah: The Pre-pioneer History of University Place. A preview: “Blue bunch grass, now rarely seen in University Place, once covered the land – and burned every summer. The smoke from this and other fires in the open grasslands of early 19th century Pierce County clouded southern Puget Sound. Furthermore, the smoke was entered into early descriptions of the weather and landscape by some of our county’s first settlers.”
Steve will address how a Native Hawaiian from that archipelago’s big island, a foul-mouthed English shipwright, and a Coast Salish Indian named Steilacoom constituted University Place’s first permanent residents.
This is an open meeting and presentation. You do not need to be a member to attend. For more information contact UPHS at 253.778.6717. See you there!