“Rising Up from Tacoma’s Twenty-One Disasters and Defeats.” This 50-page book is a sequel to the popular 2010 title “Tacoma’s Twenty-One Tales Every Student Should Be Able to Tell.” Funded by a grant from The Puyallup Tribe of Indians, 1500 copies will be distributed free of charge to Tacoma elementary schools for use as a curriculum supplement.
The book began as a community service project for the students of Seabury Middle School in the fall of 2012. Students selected the topics and completed the initial research. And just as Tacoma has learned to rise from defeats, so has the Tacoma Historical Society - completing five grant proposals over a three-year period before finally receiving funding.
"This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the collapse of the first Narrows Bridge, “Galloping Gertie,” said Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society president. Studied by engineers around the world, the collapse will be featured in the Society’s fall exhibit “Spanning Tacoma,” scheduled to open in August of 2015.