Tacoma Historical Society moving to downtown; exhibits planned

Staff writerMarch 5, 2014 

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.”


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