Capturing Your COVID-19 Stories

A frequent challenge for local history researchers is a lack of first-hand accounts of an event from the past. Perhaps people at the time didn’t recognize that they were living through something significant. Or perhaps they did, and their time and energy was taken up with that something significant, so much that they couldn’t pause to document their experience. With this in mind, we are … Continue reading Capturing Your COVID-19 Stories

Ode to Lincoln Hardware

The first people I met when I moved into Tacoma’s Lincoln District in 1999 were the owners of Lincoln Hardware, which I quickly learned was a neighborhood fixture with a long history of serving our community. And why did I meet them, rather than other neighbors, first? Because the lock on the front door of my historic home broke, and needed fixing, quick. I walked … Continue reading Ode to Lincoln Hardware

Stop and Smell the Roses at Point Defiance

Roses are red, violets are blue, and the Tacoma Rose garden is waiting for you.  The rose garden located in Point Defiance Park has been blooming with life every summer since 1895. The man who started this beautiful garden was E. R. Roberts. He was born in North Wales and was no stranger to flowers when he ventured to Tacoma, having trained at many European … Continue reading Stop and Smell the Roses at Point Defiance