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Past Programs & Speakers

September 8, 2008

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

tour and presentation, 7 p.m.
7410 S. 12th St.
"St. Andrew's Church and Tacoma's
Westward Growth."

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Tacoma, Wa

October 13, 2008, 7 p.m.

Tacoma Public Library
1102 Tacoma Ave So., Tacoma, WA 98402
The Selden Saga
Dr. Ron Magden and Stan Selden recounted
the history of this long-time Tacoma family
whose furniture store has served the community since 1940.


November 10, 2008 – Monday, 7 pm
Grace Baptist Church
Indian Trail Painting2507 North Vassault

Pictures from a New Home:

Early Nordic Immigrant Painters in
Tacoma and Pierce County


Professor Brian Magnusson shared insights on the
influence of Swedish culture on the Pacific Northwest


December 8, 2008 – Monday, 7-9 pmKaren Haas

Theater on the Square
Downtown, on Broadway
So Many Things to Do Yet: the Saga of Thea Foss
A one-woman show by Karen Haas
Made possible by a grant from Greater Tacoma Community Foundation


January 12, 2009 - Monthly Meeting

 January '09 Program Announcement

IN HOT PURSUIT OF A COLD CASE

 INVESTIGATING THE BURNING OF WASHINGTON’S MAJOR CITIES DURING THE “YEAR OF EVIL DESTINY” - 1889

Presented by: Charles Hansen


February 9, 2009 - Monthly Meeting

 The Mosquito Fleet of South Puget Sound

 Speaker: Robin Paterson and Jean Findlay


March 9, 2009 - Monthly Meeting

The Life and Times of “Gentleman Jim” –

The story of Tacoma’s Admiral James S. Russell

Speaker: Malcolm Russell


Monday, April 13, 2009 – 6:30pm

 Annual Meeting

Presentation of the Murray Morgan Award and the Alan Liddle Award

 Program: The History of Tacoma’s Mayors

Speaker: Mayor Bill Baarsma

 Mayor Baarsma will share the stories of the men and women

who have served the City of Tacoma as mayor since its early years.


June 8, Monthly Meeting, 7 pm:
Thomas R. Stenger, "Tough Times in T-Town,"
Tacoma Public Library, Main Branch:
Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave

Tom is a member of our board of directors and a former Tacoma City Councilman. He was the curator for a recent exhibit - "Shore Leave" - on display at the Society's Exhibit Center October 2008 through March 2009. Tom's family has lived in Tacoma for several generations. He loves to collect Tacoma memorabilia - especially ephemeral items.


September 14 – 7 pm*

“Tacoma’s Suffragettes”

Shanna Stevenson, coordinator of

the Women’s History Consortium for

Washington State Historical Society


Shanna Stevenson is a long-time local historian in Olympia. Formerly the Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Thurston County and Tumwater, she joined WSHS in January 2006 as the Coordinator of the Women's History Consortium project. She has a B.A. in History and Education from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. As Coordinator of the WHC, Shanna staffs a 15 member advisory board composed of Governor's appointees and legislators, leads the WHC website initiative and planning for the commemoration of the Washington Suffrage Centennial. Shanna Stevenson is a long-time local historian in Olympia. Formerly the Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Thurston County and Tumwater, she joined WSHS in January 2006 as the Coordinator of the Women's History Consortium project. She has a B.A. in History and Education from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. As Coordinator of the WHC, Shanna staffs a 15 member advisory board composed of Governor's appointees and legislators, leads the WHC website initiative and planning for the commemoration of the Washington Suffrage Centennial.


October 12 – Monday, 7 pm

Tacoma’s Architecture: One Part of the Story

James Martin Harris, Architect

Changes in Tacoma’s downtown – c. 1980s and 90s,

PLUS a tour of First United Methodist’s new home,

the remodeled Bekins Building

621 Tacoma Ave


James Martin Harris FAIA: In 1960, Jim Harris established his architectural practice in Tacoma. His firm(s) Harris, Reed Litzenberger and Tsang; later Harris Tsang Architects AIA, have been involved with educational, commercial, residential, and medical projects. Many projects merited design awards. His entire architectural career has been located in or around the downtown business district. The successor firm is ARCHITECTS BCRA of Tacoma, a 150 person multi discipline organization.
 
Professionally, Jim served in many leadership capacities to the American Institute of Architects (including National Vice President in 1979), beginning in 1957. He also traveled extensively, being involved in architectural projects in China, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Egypt and England. He was inducted into the AIA COLLEGE OF FELLOWS in 1979
 
Harris has been actively involved in the Tacoma community including: Founding co-chair of the Downtown Area Revitalization Task Force (DART): President of the Downtown Association: Vice President Tacoma Art Museum; United Way; Chamber of Commerce and others. The evolution of Downtown Tacoma has been one of Jim’s compelling interests. Harris convinced members of the AIASWW chapter to study the proposed Freeway Spur into downtown Tacoma. Many of their suggestions were incorporated into the final construction. The architects’ concept allowed much of the recent development in and around Union Station to occur.
Jim and his wife, Enid, live in Tacoma, and have two grown daughters, two grandchildren and one great grand daughter.


November 9 – Monday, 7 pm*

Woodbrook Hunt Club

Author, Joy Keniston-Longrie will present from her new

Images of America Series book, published by Arcadia


Author Joy Keniston-Longrie, a recreational rider and graduate of the University of Washington, is the great-granddaughter of Clay Lincoln Keniston, who arrived in Tacoma in 1884 as a blacksmith. Keniston-Longrie combined her passion for history and recreational riding to create this pictorial equestrian history of the prairies in Lakewood, south of Tacoma.

The Woodbrook Hunt Club, cofounded in 1926 by Maj. J. H. Mathews and Thornwood Estate superintendent Thomas Bryan, is the oldest fox-hunting club west of the Mississippi. Horses have long played an important historical role on the prairies south of Tacoma. The Nisqually Indians were the first to ride horses on the Nisqually Prairie in the early 1800s, followed by the Hudson's Bay Company and horse-race activities in the 1840s. The establishment of Fort Lewis in 1917 has protected this unique prairie ecosystem, resulting in a longstanding partnership with the Woodbrook Hunt Club. Today the club continues its rich tradition on the last remaining three percent of native prairie in the Puget Sound Corridor.

Photographs for this book were contributed from a variety of collections, including the Tacoma Public Library, the Washington State Historical Society, the Museum of History and Industry, the Woodbrook Hunt Club, Horseland/Starfire Farms, the Brookwood Equestrian Center, and the private collections of local residents.

Joy is author of another Arcadia book, Seattle's Pioneer Square.


December 14 – Monday, 7 pm*

"University of Puget Sound -- the Early Years."

Meeting location: Tacoma Public Library, 1101 Tacoma Ave
Dr. George Mills, Vice President of Enrollment
in the Office of Admissions at UPS.

George Mills serves the University of Puget Sound as its Vice President for Enrollment. He graduated from Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry and a Master of Science degree in biology. He completed his PhD in higher education history and administration at the University of Washington. His PhD thesis addressed the history of the University of Puget Sound with a focus on the relationship between the college and the United Methodist Church.

 

His career has been dedicated to growing the University of Puget Sound from a local college to a nationally ranked liberal arts college.  Puget Sound is now so recognized, drawing nearly 80% of its students from outside Washington State and demonstrating an academic profile equal to the very best liberal arts colleges in the country.

 

He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Nilmah. They have three grown children.


January 11, 2010 – Monday, 7 pm

Tacoma Public Library, 11th and Tacoma Avenue S.

Tugboats on Puget Sound

Maritime author Chuck Fowler


February 8, 2010 – Monday, 7 pm

Tacoma Public Library, 11th and Tacoma Avenue S.

Hotel Living – From the Tacoma to the Man Without a Dime

Tacoma historian Thomas R. Stenger


March 18, 2010 – Thursday, 7 p.m.

Washington State History Museum,
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

“May’s Vote”

Barbara Callander and Toni Douglass appear as suffragists Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton.

May's Vote image


April 12, 2010 – Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Bates Technical College Downtown Campus,
1101 S. Yakima Avenue., Tacoma

20th Annual meeting, Tacoma Historical Society

Speaker: C. Mark Smith,
biographer of Tacoma Mayor Harry Pulliam Cain.

Cain (1906-1979) was elected mayor of Tacoma in 1940, and again in 1942 for a four-year term. He took a leave of absence in May 1943 to enter the United States Army and served in the European theater 1943-1945. He resumed his duties as mayor of Tacoma until 1946, when he was elected to the United States Senate.

C. Mark Smith

Long acquainted with Cain, Smith began research on his biography in July 2008, and it is now essentially completed.  In the meantime he has written two articles about Cain.  The first appeared in Arches, UPS’s alumni magazine, in the spring of 2009, and the other will be published in Columbia, the journal of the Washington State Historical Society, this summer.

In November 2009 the Tacoma City Council designated the pedestrian area of 1300 block of Broadway Plaza as "Harry P. Cain Promenade,” recognizing his importance in the city’s history and on the national scene.


Monday, February 14, 2011

7pm

 Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center
University of Puget Sound

Dr. Ernest Karlstrom

Professor of biology, emeritus, University of Puget Sound. 

 

Dr. Enerst Karlstrom

"Homeward, Upward, Forward:
The Immigrant Saga of Otto and Alva Karlstrom
and the Founding of Lutheran Compass Missions
in Seattle and Tacoma”

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Monday, April 11, 2011

6:30 p.m.

Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

“Franke Tobey Jones Was a Lady”Franke Tobey Jones -- a familiar name indeed. Here was a woman of substance and independent spirit, and her legacy endures.
Presented byDarlyne Reiter

Saturday, August 13, 2011

1-3 p.m.

Walking tour

of historic Fern Hill


Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

7 p.m.

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

Kris Anderson Reisinger

Author of the new “Images of America” book, Cemeteries of Tacoma



Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 from 5 - 8 pm

Tacoma Rock & Roll Wall of Fame Banquet

2011 banquet

Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 N. Waterfront Drive

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Monday, October 10, 2011

7pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

Ron Karabaich and Thomas R. Stenger

“One Hundred Years of Panorama Photography”


Monday, January 9, 2012

7pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

Chuck Fowler

Co-author of the new  “Images of America” book, Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound


Dr. Jerry V. Ramsey

Monday, February 13, 2012

7pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

Dr. Jerry V. Ramsey

“The Forgetting of John Montgomery”

Scotsman John Montgomery was the first non-native settler at Spanaway. His farm was taken over as Camp Montgomery in the Puget Sound Indian War (1855). But he was ignored or overlooked as later generations set out to honor our area's pioneers. Drawing on recent research by historian Steve Anderson, Dr. Ramsey tries to set the record straight on behalf of John Montgomery.

A retired educator, Ramsey is a historical re-enactor and a patron of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and Tacoma Historical Society.


Monday, March 12, 2012

7pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,  University of Puget Sound

Susan Kaelin, author of the newly published “Images of America” book, Fife.

“Fife--from Reservation through the Farming Community Years.”


Monday, April 9, 2012

6:30pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,  University of Puget Sound

Dr. Ronald E. Magden

"1929 Tacoma: First Showing of a Rare Film"

22nd annual meeting; presentation of
Murray  Morgan and Alan Liddle awards


Monday, May 14, 2012  
7pm Murray Board  Room,
Wheelock Student Center,  
University of Puget Sound
 

Karla Wakefield  Stover, author of the new book, Hidden History of Tacoma: Little-Known Tales from the City of Destiny


Monday, June 11, 2012  

7pm Murray Board  Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

“Tacoma's Fateful Fourth”

Russell Holter, author of an unpublished book on
“Tacoma's Fateful Fourth,The History of the Worst Trolley Accident in America, July 4, 1900”


July 20 & 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, & Saturday, July 21

(6-7:40 Friday; 5:40-7:40 Saturday)

Living History Cemetery Tour

“Rails, Trails and Sails”

Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way

(253-472-3369)


Monday, Sept. 10,  2012

7pm Murray Board Room,

Wheelock  Student Center,  

University of Puget  Sound

Thomas R. Stenger

"The Johnsons and the Swedish Exodus"


Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

7pm Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget  Sound

Doug McDonnell

Brewed in Tacoma: Celebrating the Revival
of Our Craft Breweries


Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
5 p.m.

Destiny Dinner and Auction
Pantages Theater


Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

 7pm Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

 Deb Freedman, JoAnn Yost

 “Piecing Together a Life: Sam Wall.” 


Monday, January 14, 2013

 

7pm Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

 Melissa McGinnis, Doreen Beard-Simpkins

 authors of a new Images of America book,
Tacoma's Point Defiance Park.


Monday, February. 11, 2013
7pm Murray Board Room,
Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound
Patricia Harrington

“The Long Journey from Cambodia to Tacoma”


Monday, March 11, 2013

7pm Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

Dr. Jerry V. Ramsey

“Tacoma’s First Footprints, Yesterday to Today”

Dr. Ramsey will trace the history of our area’s first citizens, provide an overview of the impacts that treaty rights and federal recognition and laws have had on our area’s Native Americans, and bring us up to speed on current concerns and achievements in the Tacoma community.


Monday, April 8, 2013
6:30 pm Murray Board Room,
Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

23rd Annual Meeting


Showtime in Tacoma
The 125-year story of Tacoma theaters

Blaine Johnson & Brian Kamens

 The Alexander Pantages Story

Babe Lehrer

Presentation of Murray Morgan and Alan Liddle Awards


Monday,  June 10, 2013
7 p.m.
Wyatt 109
University of Puget Sound.
(Note change from usual venue).

 

Richard Blumenthal

author of the new book
Maritime Place Names; Inland Washington Waters


Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20

(Friday 6-7:40; Saturday 5:40-7:40)

“Tacoma's Icons”

Living History Walk, Tacoma Cemetery

Presented by Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, Tacoma Historical Society and Tacoma Cemetery
Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way

Advance reservations required --$8.00
available after July 1 at the Tacoma Cemetery Office

253-472-3369
Chris@newtacoma.org


Saturday, August 10, 2013

 10 a.m. Walking Tour of Ruston

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

 7pm

Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

“The Search for El Primero”

Rich Hildahl


Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

7pm

Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

Teresa Nordheim, Ross Allison,
“Tacoma's Haunted History”


Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
5 p.m.
Seventh Annual Destiny Dinner
and Auction at
Cheney Stadium

“Team Tacoma”

To preview the auction catalog, click here ...

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

11 a.m.
Veterans Day observance at War Memorial Park

6th Avenue and MacArthur Street


Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

 7pm

Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

Nancy Covert, writer, journalist

“Tacoma's Playground – American Lake”



Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

 7pm

Murray Board Room,

Wheelock Student Center,  

University of Puget Sound

“Della Gould Emmons--Tacoma visionary,
author and activist.”

Col. Gary Emmons recounts his grandmother's remarkable life.


Monday, January 13, 2014 

7 pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound

 

Sandra Walker

 author of the new book,
“Little Merchants, the Golden Era
of Youth Delivering Newspapers”

Monday, February 10, 2014 

7 pm

 Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center,
University of Puget Sound

 David Cantlin, author of the new Arcadia book,
Tacoma Rail

Monday,  March 10, 2014 

7 pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound

 

Walter Neary, as “the man who wrote it all down,”
Tacoma historian Herbert Hunt

The real Herbert Hunt, left, will be portrayed by
Walter Neary, local historian and a journalist himself.


March 27 2014

5-7 pm

The Tacoma Historical Society
Grand Opening

919 Pacific Avenue

Experience our First Exhibit:

'Out of the Attic' -
Curiosities from our Collection


Monday,  April 14, 2014 

6:30 pm

Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound

24th anniversary meeting

Sydney Newell recounts the life of her remarkable grandmother, Bernice E. Newell, society writer, impresario and a woman ahead of her time.

Sydney
Newell
Bernice E.
Newell

Murray Morgan and Alan Liddle awards.

Tacoma Historical Society Exhibition center
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