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Two honored by Tacoma Historical Society
Two men – Russell H. Holter and James R. Merritt – were honored April 11 by Tacoma Historical Society for their roles in presenting and conserving the city's history. The presentations were made at the society's 26th anniversary meeting, held at the University of Puget Sound. Holter received the 2016 Murray Morgan Award for significant efforts to preserve and communicate local history. He is author of a forthcoming book, “Tacoma’s Fateful Fourth,” about the streetcar crash that killed 43 people and injured many more on July 4, 1900. He is co-author with Jesse Clark McAbee of “Rails to Paradise,” documenting the Tacoma Eastern Railroad.

Merritt, an architect, received the society's 2016 Alan Liddle Award for achievement in historic preservation. He was honored for a professional career that encompassed nearly every important historic preservation project in Tacoma in the last four decades.

Opened in March 2014, Tacoma Historical Society's downtown facility at 919 Pacific Avenue houses exhibits, a gift shop, offices and a resource center for researchers. The society's collection includes some 400 bound volumes of Tacoma newspapers dating to 1883. www.tacoma history.org 253-472-3738

News From Tacoma Historical Society
Dale Wirsing
bokorm1@comcast.net
253-564-7843
Two honored by Tacoma Historical Society

Two men – C. Mark Smith and David Burns – were honored April 13 by Tacoma
Historical Society for their roles in conserving and presenting the city's history. The
presentations were made at the society's 25th anniversary meeting, held at the
University of Puget Sound.

Smith received the 2015 Murray Morgan Award for significant efforts to preserve
and communicate local history. Retired from a career in economic development,
Smith is the biographer of one of Tacoma's best-known mayors, Harry Pulliam Cain.
Smith's book, Raising Cain, the Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain, appeared
in 2011.

The award also cited Smith's work in researching the life and career of University of
Puget Sound history professor Lyle S. Shelmidine.

Smith's biography of Tri-Cities civic leader Sam Volpentest, Community Godfather,
was published in 2013.

Burns received the society's 2015 Alan Liddle Award for achievement in historic
preservation. The award recognizes his perseverance in locating and purchasing a
1910 Northern Pacific Railway diner car, bringing it to Tacoma, and at length finding
a home for it at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount.

Burns is noted as a Tacoma history buff. He is a graduate of Central Washington
University and an engineering construction manager for Tacoma Power.

Opened in March 2014, Tacoma Historical Society's new downtown facility at 919
Pacific Avenue houses exhibits, a gift shop, offices and a resource center for
researchers. The society's collection includes some 400 bound volumes of Tacoma
newspapers dating to 1883.

www.tacomahistory.org
253-472-3738

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release: March 16, 2015
Tacoma Historical Society: (253) 472-3738
919 Pacific Avenue, www.tacomahistory.org

Tacoma Historical Society will be CLOSED March 22 through 28 to change exhibits.

The last day to view Tacoma Historical Society’s current exhibit, “Greetings from Tacoma: Souvenirs and Boosterism” is Saturday, March 21, 2015. The exhibit features souvenirs from Tacoma’s icons and attractions and a variety of Tacoma booster booklets from a century past. Highlighted in the exhibit are seven salvaged figures from Tacoma’s beloved Never Never Land, on loan from Metro Parks Tacoma.


New exhibit opening reception:

WHEN: Tacoma Tee-Time: Golf in the City of Destiny:

Exhibit Opening Reception: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2 - 4 pm
(Free and open to the public.)

WHERE: Tacoma Historical Society Museum,

919 Pacific Avenue in the historic Provident Building

Join us to celebrate golf history in Tacoma as well as our one-year anniversary in the Provident Building. The exhibit, sponsored by Dr. Jerry V. Ramsey and Richard Sims, will run from March 29 through July 11, 2015. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.

About Tacoma Historical Society: Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-supported 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation, and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of the history of the City of Tacoma and its people. Tacoma Historical Society works to forge connections between past and present generations, fostering an appreciation of the past and a sense of place within our community’s history.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: November 25, 2014
Tacoma Historical Society: (253) 472-3738
919 Pacific Avenue

“Greetings from Tacoma: Souvenirs and Boosterism”
Tacoma Historical Society to Open New Exhibit
WHAT: Tacoma Historical Society will open “Greetings from Tacoma,” an
exhibit featuring souvenirs from Tacoma’s icons and attractions and a
variety of Tacoma booster booklets from a century past. Included in
the exhibit will be seven salvaged figures from Tacoma’s beloved
Never Never Land.
WHEN: Exhibit Opening Reception: Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
(Free and open to the public.)
WHERE: Tacoma Historical Society Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue in the historic
Provident Building
DURATION: The exhibit will run from December 8, 2014, through March 2015.
Admission is free, donations are welcomed.

As Tacoma has grown and changed, her souvenir items have promoted the current
favorite. Along with many schools, parks, churches and hospitals, Tacoma’s keepsakes
have featured St. Peter’s Church and bell tower, City Hall, Stadium Bowl, Union Station,
Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Dome.

"Tacoma is fortunate that many of her early landmarks still survive,” said Bill
Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society president. “Stadium High School will be available for
another generation of Tacoma students to come, and Union Station is a working example of
a community supporting historic preservation. Tacoma Historical Society is continuing that
tradition by preserving and presenting artifacts such as the promotional materials created
by Tacoma’s Booster Club in the early 1900s.”

However, not all of Tacoma’s landmarks have been as fortunate. Included in the
exhibit will be seven storybook figures from the former Never Never Land in Point
Defiance Park, one of three similar enchanted forest parks created by Vancouver’s Alfred
Pettersen in the 1960s. After Never Never Land closed, the fiberglass figures were stored in
the basement of the Pagoda at Point Defiance Park. Many were damaged or destroyed
when the building suffered an arson fire in April of 2011. “We’re fortunate that a few of the
figures were salvaged,” said Melissa McGinnis, historian for Metro Parks Tacoma. “We’re
happy to loan them to Tacoma Historical Society so the public can once again view them.”

“As we prepared this exhibit we realized it was about much more than collecting
plates and spoons and postcards,” said exhibit curator Deb Freedman. “It’s about
preserving memories. Whether we are visiting or call Tacoma home, we take pictures and
buy souvenirs to help us remember a person, a place, an experience. After that person or
place is gone, the photos and memories are all we have.”
Tacoma Historical Society invites the public to share their Never Never Land
memories and photos on the Society’s Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/tacomahistoricalsociety#!/TacomaHistorical
Note: Tacoma Historical Society will be CLOSED December 5th and 6th, 2014, to change
exhibits.

About Tacoma Historical Society: Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-supported
501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation, and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion
and presentation of the history of the City of Tacoma and its people. Tacoma Historical
Society works to forge connections between past and present generations, fostering an
appreciation of the past and a sense of place within our community’s history.
www.tacomahistory.org

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2014
Tacoma Historical Society (253) 472-3738
Contacts: Bill Baarsma, 253-759-6765, wbaarsma@harbornet.com
Deb Freedman, 253-377-4157, volunteer@tacomahistory.org

“Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935”
Tacoma Historical Society to open new exhibit
WHAT: Tacoma Historical Society will open a new exhibit remembering the
former Tacoma Hotel
WHEN AND WHERE: Opening Reception Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00-8:00
pm,
Tacoma Historical Society Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue in the historic
Provident Building
DURATION: The exhibit will run from August 8th through November 29, 2014

Mention a huge historic hotel in Tacoma and many people think first of
Stadium High School, built in the 1890s. But a decade earlier the Tacoma Land
Company, an arm of the Northern Pacific Railway, built the Tacoma Hotel. Designed
by noted architect Stanford White, the hotel occupied an entire city block on A Street
between South 9th and 10th Streets. It quickly gained a reputation as the grandest hotel
north of San Francisco. After a spectacular fire destroyed the hotel in 1935 the site
was paved and used for parking. More than 50 years later George and Jane Russell
constructed a custom granite building on the site – still the last undivided parcel in
downtown Tacoma. Today the site is occupied by State Farm Insurance, which funded
this exhibit in part.

"Tacoma Historical Society is recognizing one of Tacoma’s lost landmarks,” said
Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society president. “Built in 1884 when Tacoma was
booming, the great Tacoma Hotel announced that Tacoma had become a destination.
Over its fifty-year history The Tacoma provided lodging for an array of famous visitors
– Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Sarah Bernhardt, a string of US presidents, and
athletes from Babe Ruth to the entire USC Trojan football team.”

“The exhibit includes historic post cards and images from the collection of
Tacoma Historical Society,” said curator Deb Freedman, “but features over fifty
original artifacts on loan from several private collectors. The exhibit also presents a
tribute to the hotel’s ill-fated pet bear Jack and the neighboring totem pole.”
Note - Tacoma Historical Society will be CLOSED August 1-7 to change
exhibits.

About Tacoma Historical Society: Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-supported
501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation, and is dedicated to the preservation,
promotion and presentation of the history of the City of Tacoma and its people.
Tacoma Historical Society works to forge connections between past and present
generations, fostering an appreciation of the past and a sense of place within our
community’s history. www.tacomahistory.org

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Two honored by Tacoma Historical Society
Two men – Jerry V. Ramsey and Robert L. Schuler – were honored Monday by Tacoma Historical Society for their roles in conserving and presenting the city's history. The presentations were made at the society's 24th anniversary meeting, held at the University of Puget Sound.

Ramsey received the 2014 Murray Morgan Award for significant efforts to preserve and communicate local history. Retired from a 28-year career with Tacoma Public Schools, Ramsey is well known as a historic re-enactor, writer and presenter. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and holds a doctorate from Columbia Pacific University.His most recent publication is “A Fur Trade Era Anthology.”

Schuler received the society's 2014 Alan Liddle Award for achievement in historic preservation. He recently retired from Tacoma Public Library, where he was curator for the library's vast (800,000 images) Richards Studio Collection. He continues to assist the library's Northwest Room on a volunteer basis. A Minnesota native, Schuler is a graduate of Illinois State University and of the library school of Rosary College, Oak Park, Ill.

Opened in March, Tacoma Historical Society's new downtown facility at 919 Pacific Avenue houses exhibits, a gift shop, offices and a resource center for researchers. The society's collection includes some 400 bound volumes of Tacoma newspapers dating to 1883.


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

March 7, 2014

Contacts:Bill Baarsma, 253-759-6765 wbaarsma@harbornet.com

Owen Atkins, 253-428-0575, owen.atkins.ths@gmail.com

HISTORICAL SOCIETY RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN TACOMA

Tacoma Historical Society finds new home in historic Provident Building

TACOMA, WA – After four years without an exhibit space, Tacoma Historical Society is returning to downtown Tacoma. At its new location in the Provident Building, 919 Pacific Ave, Tacoma Historical Society (THS) will once again present rotating exhibits promoting the history of the City of Tacoma and its people.

“To finally discover a suitable location in a historic building right in the center of downtown is a dream come true for the Tacoma Historical Society,” said Bill Baarsma, THS President and former Mayor of Tacoma. “THS can now present and share Tacoma's history through exhibits, a research facility and retail store. We are excited and thrilled to be part of the action in downtown.”

The grand opening will be held 5-7pm on Thursday, March 27th. The event is free and open to the public. A sneak-preview and open house for Tacoma Historical Society members will be held Sunday, March 23rd, 2-4pm.

“This is a big deal for history in Tacoma,” said Baarsma. “We are excited to bring the stories of Tacoma’s past to visitors in a new downtown Tacoma location. We are confident that the new facility will have a long-lasting impact on our community.”

The debut exhibit “Out of the Attic: Curiosities from the Collection of Tacoma Historical Society” will showcase rare items rescued from oblivion by the society.

Tacoma Historical Society works to forge connections between past and present generations,

fostering an appreciation of the past and a sense of place within our community’s history. The new location will allow THS to better serve the public and better care for its growing permanent collection of historic Tacoma artifacts, documents and photos. The new 3,100 square ft. facility provides a safe, stable environment for collection items, as well as increased community access to the activities and services offered by Tacoma Historical Society.

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About Tacoma Historical Society: Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-supported 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation, and is dedicated to the preservation,
promotion and
presentation of the history of the City of Tacoma and its people. www.tacomahistory.org



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