Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office Works at ‘Broadening Horizons’

The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is hosting a slew of activities in May. It’s all part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s effort to encourage local communities to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month each May.

Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office and local partners have planned events around this year’s theme of “broadening horizons” and diversity in Tacoma’s history. The activities “will celebrate opportunities for the future that Tacoma’s historic resources have to offer,” according to a press release from the city.

“This year we’re celebrating Tacoma’s diverse history in partnership with our city’s cultural and heritage organizations,” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer in a statement. “Our programming seeks to engage the public with historical narratives from a wide array of perspectives.”

The kickoff event is a historical walking tour that leads participants through the Hilltop neighborhood and concludes at the Tacoma Municipal Building for the City Council Historic Preservation Month proclamation.

The Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour, a partnership with Tacoma/Pierce County Bike Month and Pretty Gritty Tours, will tour Northeast Tacoma and include such sites as Lighthouse Park and Dash Point Beach.

More information on Historic Preservation Month activities, including event details, is available online. Or, contact Lauren Hoogkamer at lhoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5254.

Key activities for the month include:

  • Hilltop Walking Tour. 3:30-5 p.m. May 7, starting at the Johnson Candy Company, 924 MLK Jr. Way.
  • Historic Preservation Month Proclamation. 5 p.m. May 7 at the council chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.
  • Arrested: Escape Fort Nisqually. May 9-11 and 23-25 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St.
  • Reimagining Historic Landmarks: Youth Art Contest. 6-8 p.m. May 15 at Honey Coffee + Kitchen, 1322 Fawcett Ave.
  • Historic Preservation Month Reception and Awards. 6-8 p.m. May 24 at Courthouse Square, 1102 A St., No. 438.
  • Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 31, starting at Browns Point Elementary School, 1526 51st NE, and ending at Browns Point Diner, 6620 East Side Dr. NE.
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