Each May, the City of Tacoma encourages residents from all ages, cultures and neighborhoods to celebrate Historic Preservation Month. All month long, a roster of events has been planned around this year’s theme of “adaptive reuse.” Although the month is more than half way through its course, there is still plenty of time to get out there and celebrate the history of our city on the bay.
Here is a list of Historic Preservation Month events yet to take place:
Preservation Awards 2018
Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m., Stewart Middle School, 5010 Pacific Ave.
Celebrate this year’s preservation best at the award ceremony, which includes a keynote tour of the new adaptively-reused Stewart Middle School. Awardees include: Residential Renovation award goes to Born-Lindstrom House, 224 N. Yakima. Commercial Renovation award goes to Union Club, 539 Broadway. Commercial Renovation award goes to Wagner Motors, 616 St. Helens. Leadership in Preservation goes to Dana Repp, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Organization in Preservation award goes to Earthwise Architectural Salvage. Community Engagement/Events award goes to “Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually,” Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Preservation Planning, Policy, or Initiative award goes to Lighthouse Station Properties Stewardship, Points Northeast Historical Society. Landmark Nomination to be Recognized award goes to Point Defiance Lodge, 5717 N. Roberts Garden Rd, Metro Parks Tacoma. Broadening Perspectives award goes to “Dreams that Matter,” exhibit at Tacoma Historical Society. Heritage/Legacy Business award to Johnson Candy Company.
Old Town History Walk
Saturday, May 19, Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St.
Discover Old Town’s natural environment and learn why Job Carr chose this location to build his home. This tour begins at the original Job Carr Cabin marker at the intersection of North Carr and 31st Streets.
Queen Victoria’s Birthday
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Nisqually, Point Defiance Park
Step back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria and join in the celebrations of her majesty’s birthday. At noon, bagpipes will announce the start of the traditional tributes to the Queen, including a musket volley, cannon salute and toasts from the fort’s finely dressed gentlemen. At 1 p.m. guests will be treated to a performance by the Chief Leschi Elementary, Puyallup Tribal School Drum and Dance Group. These 4th and 5th graders will share some of their coastal cultural teachings through songs and dances from the Puyallup Tribe. The Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers will be on hand to perform traditional 19th century social dances and teach visitors the steps to favorites like “Strip the Willow.” Throughout the day, visitors can barter with clerks in the Sale Shop and watch the blacksmiths working at the forge. The public is invited to join a round of croquet, trundle a hoop, or engage in a spirited game of graces. There will be tea, lemonade, and cookies while supplies last.
Event admission is $8-$10, children 3 and younger are free. For more information visit fortnisqually.org or call (253) 404-3970.
Sunday, May 20, noon to 5 p.m., Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave.
Explore TOYTOPIA and play all the best games from decades past, including Oregon Trail. Bummed you missed out on the pet rock craze? Fear not, you can make your own! WSHM will be joined by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and all the fun toy activities you can handle. Children’s Museum members get buy one, get one free admission.
Youth Historical Fiction Reading
Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m., Black Kettle Bites & Brew, 744 Market St.
Winners of “Bringing Tacoma’s History to Life,” the inaugural youth historical fiction competition, will share their award-winning stories at this public reading, co-sponsored by Creative Colloquy and Write253.
Preservation Month Bike Ride
Friday, May 25, 5:15-7 p.m., meet at 7 Seas Brewery, 2101 Jefferson St.
A bike ride of Tacoma’s adaptively reused bike trails. Preservation and Bike Month social ending at 7 Seas Brewery.
For more information visit www.hpmonthtacoma.com.