Tacoma: a poem

— by Jack Sundquist The wooded bluffs looked down upon the circling bay,The river poured its dark brown gift through brushy flats,The seagulls glided over or walked along the shore,Their cries echoing in the stillness.In the fall the multitudes of geese and ducks came and went,And deer within the silent woods raised their heads to hear their cries.Along the shores were myriads of clams and … Continue reading Tacoma: a poem

Remembering Never Never Land

— by Elizabeth George In July of 1964, Never Never Land joined the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Fort Nisqually, and the natural beauty of 5 Mile Drive, as yet another reason to visit Tacoma’s northern peninsula. For almost 50 years, Tacoma locals and out-of-towners alike passed under an 8-foot Humpty Dumpty sitting atop an archway of giant books. The spines of those books described … Continue reading Remembering Never Never Land

Telling the Stories of our Lives: An Gates

Funded by a generous grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Puget Sound Book Artists, Anthea Karanasos Hubanks and Tacoma Seniors Write launched a series of creative writing workshops titled “Telling the Stories of Our Lives” at three Tacoma Senior Centers. The workshops consisted of a fun medley of classes for Elders interested in telling their stories through memoir, prose, letters, haiku, work … Continue reading Telling the Stories of our Lives: An Gates

Telling the Stories of our Lives: Constancio Bolima

Funded by a generous grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Puget Sound Book Artists, Anthea Karanasos Hubanks and Tacoma Seniors Write launched a series of creative writing workshops titled “Telling the Stories of Our Lives” at three Tacoma Senior Centers. The workshops consisted of a fun medley of classes for Elders interested in telling their stories through memoir, prose, letters, haiku, work … Continue reading Telling the Stories of our Lives: Constancio Bolima

Telling the Stories of our Lives: Barbara Jones

Funded by a generous grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Puget Sound Book Artists, Anthea Karanasos Hubanks and Tacoma Seniors Write launched a series of creative writing workshops titled “Telling the Stories of Our Lives” at three Tacoma Senior Centers. The workshops consisted of a fun medley of classes for Elders interested in telling their stories through memoir, prose, letters, haiku, work … Continue reading Telling the Stories of our Lives: Barbara Jones

Telling the Stories of our Lives: Myrtle Appling

Funded by a generous grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Puget Sound Book Artists, Anthea Karanasos Hubanks and Tacoma Seniors Write launched a series of creative writing workshops titled “Telling the Stories of Our Lives” at three Tacoma Senior Centers. The workshops consisted of a fun medley of classes for Elders interested in telling their stories through memoir, prose, letters, haiku, work … Continue reading Telling the Stories of our Lives: Myrtle Appling

Telling the Stories of our Lives: Orv Harrelson

Funded by a generous grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Puget Sound Book Artists, Anthea Karanasos Hubanks and Tacoma Seniors Write launched a series of creative writing workshops titled “Telling the Stories of Our Lives” at three Tacoma Senior Centers. The workshops consisted of a fun medley of classes for Elders interested in telling their stories through memoir, prose, letters, haiku, work … Continue reading Telling the Stories of our Lives: Orv Harrelson

Titlow Tales and Galloping Gertie

November 7, 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the collapse of the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, also known as “Galloping Gertie.” In honor of that anniversary, Dale Wirsing, a longtime Tacoma Historical Society board member, has been kind enough to share his memories of that day in the account that follows. It was in 1938 or thereabouts that Vern and Hazel Wirsing moved from Tacoma’s … Continue reading Titlow Tales and Galloping Gertie

Save Our Bridge: How One (Large) Piece of Tacoma History Was Protected from Destruction

When construction on the 11th Street Bridge was completed in 1913, 10,000 residents flocked to the site to celebrate its opening. The fanfare was not only proportional to the bridge’s steep $600,000 price tag, but also comparable to its importance in Tacoma. As a port town with numerous waterways crisscrossing its land, Tacoma requires bridges to accommodate land traffic. Thanks to the 11th Street Bridge, … Continue reading Save Our Bridge: How One (Large) Piece of Tacoma History Was Protected from Destruction

Virtual Tour: 1885 Chinese Expulsion

Tacoma Historical Society is honored to contribute to this year’s virtual Tacoma Moon Festival with the release of a new virtual tour of the people and places associated with the 1885 Chinese Expulsion. The tour can be explored online from the comfort of your home, or as a walking or driving tour. Click here to get started! The Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual event … Continue reading Virtual Tour: 1885 Chinese Expulsion