Let the movies go back to the future. Tacoma is moving ahead toward the past.
If you’ve been meaning to visit the Tacoma Historical Society at its hidden headquarters in a strip mall on Cedar Street, don’t.
The society is moving.
Look for a grand opening of the new facility on March 27 in downtown Tacoma.
Society Board President (and former Tacoma Mayor) Bill Baarsma said Wednesday that the group has signed a five-year lease on a two-suite, 3,100-sq.-ft. space in the Provident Building at 919 Pacific Ave.
“We’ll have enough space to store our archives and a growing collection,” Baarsma said. “We can also have a small exhibit center and retail facility.”
As it reaches its first quarter-century, the privately funded society promotes Tacoma history with a newsletter and a series of events throughout the year, including a tour of historic homes, a lecture series and an annual historically themed dinner.
The first exhibit at the new site will feature “Items from the Attic,” showing selected artifacts from the society collection. A later exhibit will feature a detailed look at the former Tacoma Hotel.
“We’re very excited. It’s going to be a big change for us,” Baarsma said. “We’re going to make a statement downtown.”