The City of Puyallup and the Puyallup Historical Society are inviting the public to join us in celebrating our fair city’s 125th anniversary.
The official city celebration will be held on the evening of Aug. 19 at the Pavilion in Pioneer Park. For more information, visit http://www.cityofpuyallup.org.
The Historical Society has planned many additional activities for your enlightenment and enjoyment.
▪ To kick off our celebration, a special talk will be given at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Meeker Mansion. Dennis Larsen, Ezra Meeker’s biographer, will speak on the subject of “Hops, the crop that made Puyallup grow.”
▪ On Saturday, Aug. 15, grab a map and a “passport” at the start point — the Meeker homestead in Pioneer Park. We will man a dozen waypoints throughout town between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Learn a little history at each stop, and get your passport stamped, and you will get a prize at the finish line at the Meeker Mansion.
This is a family activity, not a race. You may be able to do the whole course by bike.
▪ At 3 p.m. Aug. 16, on the porch of the education building at Centennial Park (the Meeker Mansion grounds), a group of talented professionals will present a musical review from the 1890s. Admission is free, but a hat will be passed to help paint the Meeker Mansion.
▪ Tea will be served under canvas at Centennial Park (the Meeker Mansion grounds) at 1 p.m. Aug. 17; a historical Hat Fashion Show will be the entertainment. Wear your favorite hat and join in the fun. By reservation only, $12 per person. See the Meeker Mansion website for more details at http://www.meekermansion.org or call 253-848-1770 for reservations.
▪ At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Puyallup Library, Ruth Anderson will give an illustrated lecture on “Puyallup’s Women of Will.” Come learn about some of the interesting women of our community, many of them unheralded.
▪ From 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21, from we invite you to join us at Woodbine Cemetery to tour the resting places of many of our prominent historical figures. We will lead tours, discuss personalities, and assist with making rubbings of gravestones. The city will provide a locator of the graves. You might even want to consider a picnic among the markers!
▪ For many years the Puyallup Community Band has played a concert at the Meeker Mansion on the Fourth of July. This year it will present a concert in Centennial Park (the Mansion grounds) at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The concert will be free, but a hat will be passed to help paint the Mansion. The snack shack will be open for ice cream and other goodies. Feel free to bring a picnic.
The society will set up a small temporary museum of interesting facts and artifacts from our history, as well as a timeline, for the week of the celebration. The museum will be located in suite 103 of City Hall, and it will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 15, 16, and 22. On Aug. 19, the city’s birthday, it’s open from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Aug. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
We hope to see you all at some, if not all of these activities. More information on these and all of our other activities is available on the Meeker Mansion website, www.meekermansion.org, or by calling the Mansion at the number below.
Andy Anderson is the historian of the Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Meeker Mansion, 253-848-1770.