At 1 pm Saturday, June 6, the Lakewood Historical Society will cut the ribbon on its new exhibit, “Playgrounds of the Lakes District” at the Lakewood History Museum, 6211 Mt Tacoma Drive SW, Lakewood, Washington.
Running through spring 2016, the exhibit is FREE and open to the public during regular museum hours: Wed-Sat, noon to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served at the opening day reception.
Through rare artifacts, photos and narrative displays, museum visitors will learn of the Lakes District’s past as the resort of choice for Pierce County’s movers and shakers circa 1890-1940.
It’s a fascinating story, full of surprises: how many today are aware, for instance, that Lakewood is home to the oldest golf club west of the Mississippi? Or that a speedway second only in importance on the auto racing circuit to the Indy 500 once occupied the site of today’s Clover Park Technical College? Or that the movies’ definitive Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, qualified for the 1924 Olympics by swimming in the waters of Steilacoom Lake—just off-shore from an elegant pavilion where crowds danced to music performed by such legendary figures as Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey?
Coinciding with what no doubt will be the grandest-scale sporting event to come to our area, this much anticipated exhibit will be an eye-opener for anyone who thinks nothing exciting ever happened around here until the TV cameras arrived for the U.S. Open!