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'Rising Up' Audiobook Now Available
April 3, 2020
Tacoma Historical Society is pleased to make available an audiobook version of one of our '21 Tales' books - which are geared towards a K-8 audience. We chose to begin with Rising Up From Tacoma's Twenty-One Disasters and Defeats, the second book in the series, because it tells stories of Tacoma moving past difficult times and circumstances - much like what we are going through now.
There are two ways to access the audiobook - click on the one that works best for you:
We hope this can be a valuable resource to students, teachers, parents, and Tacomans of all ages looking for opportunities to learn more about Tacoma history.
Documenting History: Submit Your COVID-19 Diary Entry
April 2, 2020
Tacoma Historical Society realizes that we are living through an historic event. In an effort to document the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our community, we are collecting diary entries from residents of Tacoma. How has COVID-19 influenced your life and that of the community in which we live?
We appreciate your taking the time to submit a COVID-19 diary entry to help future historians understand how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the lives of those in Tacoma. Click here to access the submission form.
April Meeting to be Broadcast Online
March 20, 2020
We are converting our April meeting into a live online broadcast of our guest speaker's talk. Click here to learn more, and plan to join us from the safety of your own home!
Temporary Museum Closure - Homes Tour Cancellation
March 13, 2020
In light of the governor's emergency proclamation which will temporarily limit public gatherings in our region, Tacoma Historical Society has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our museum at 919 Pacific, and to cancel the Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour which had been scheduled for the weekend of May 2-3, 2020. We hope to be able to announce a rescheduling of the Tour for later in the year.
While this event is still several weeks away, several factors played into our decision to cancel now, all of which involve respecting the safety and security of all members of our community.
First, planning for this event begins well in advance, including several gatherings of volunteers for docent training. Second, because the success of the event depends on the generosity of private home-owners, we want to be as respectful as possible to their time and space during this difficult time. Likewise, this year's tour was to include a Tacoma Public Schools facility; we acknowledge that the schools are dealing with their own set of challenges right now, with the closure announced yesterday.
Finally, even though the event is an important fundraiser for our organization, we must make the fiscally-responsible decision to cancel before investing significantly more funds or staff time into the planning of the event. Again, we hold out hope that after our community works through this challenging time, we can organize a rescheduling of the event for later in 2020.
Meanwhile, other planned THS events - book signings, our monthly speaker series, etc. - remain on the calendar, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis as to whether these events will take place. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for prompt announcements.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our Tacoma History Museum at 919 Pacific, and our current exhibit, "Bank on Tacoma." Bookmark this page for updates in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, please continue to interact with us via our website, our social media channels, and through e-mail.