Living History Cemetery Tour celebrates rich variety of Tacoma’s performing arts


This year’s Living History Cemetery Tour is coming up on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

Have you ever stood in an old cemetery and thought, “How I wish these stones could talk?” Well, here’s your chance! Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma Historical Society and the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Libraries invite you to experience Tacoma’s history as it comes to life in a unique, fascinating way at the 10th annual Living History Cemetery Tour. This year’s theme “Showtime in Tacoma” celebrates the rich variety of Tacoma’s performing arts.

Tours start every 20 minutes, from 6-7:40 p.m. on Friday, July 20 and from 5:40-7:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. 

Tickets are $15. Advanced reservations are required and will be available at the Tacoma Historical Society Museum at 919 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, or contact (253) 472-3738 or Museum hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the cemetery ground is often uneven, comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.

This year’s theme is “Showtime in Tacoma,” featuring: Charlotte Bergoust (1897-1962): cellist and librarian; Oscar Brown (1868-1946): lighthouse keeper, musician and music teacher; Ted W. Brown (1901-1971): founder of a Tacoma institution Ted Brown Music; Olof Bull (1852-1933): violinist, professor, and mountain climber; William Fife, Sr.  (1833-1905): businessman, gold miner and founder of Tacoma’s Olympic Theater; Ophelia Baker Opie (1858-1929): pianist, musician and socialite; Sally Chandler Sloan (1861-1937): brought motion pictures to Tacoma; Chester Thorne (1864-1946): business tycoon and supporter of performing arts.

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