Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TAM Docent's: Tacoma's Mighty History

Hello Docents-

Below is my first draft text for the history series I talked about at today’s training. If you can come to these, they will offer a bit of background on Tacoma that may be handing for Mighty Tacoma tours and Tacoma in general for our many out of town visitors. You can bring a lunch and enjoy a topical lecture! I hope to see you there starting in November.



Tacoma’s Mighty History

First Thursdays, November 4, 2010 through April 7, 2011, 11:30 am

In partnership with the Tacoma Historical Society, bring a sack lunch and hear Tacoma historians discuss various aspects of the city’s history. This six-lecture series runs from November through April on the first Thursday of each month, concurrent with the exhibition Mighty Tacoma: Photographic Portrait 2010. Free with museum admission.
Don’t have time to pack a lunch? Pre-order from a boxed lunch selection at The Works Cafe by calling 253.272.4258 x3037 or emailing

November 4
Tacoma’s Stadium District
Join Joy Keniston-Longrie, author of Tacoma’s Stadium District, to learn more about this historic Tacoma neighborhood.

December 2
South Tacoma

Darlyne Reiter, author of South Tacoma from the Images of America series, tell of surprising stories and people she found in her research.

January 6
Hotel Living: From the Tacoma to the Hobo

Learn about hotel living in Tacoma with Tacoma historian and former City Councilman, Thomas R. Stenger.

February 3
Life on the Wharf

Karla Stover, author of Let’s Go Walk About in Tacoma, will talk about the Tacoma of the 1870s and 1880s.

March 3
Tacoma’s Notable Mayors

 Come hear one of Tacoma’s notable former mayors (2001 – 2009), Dr. William H. Baarsma, as he highlights other key historical political figures from Tacoma’s past.

April 7
Highway to Mountain

Dr. Dale Wirsing will present on the historic route used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day Tacomans to reach Mount Rainier.



Jana Wennstrom

Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs


1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3030

F: 253.627.1898



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