Browsing the "History" Tag

“Martial Law Looms in Tacoma”

September 10th, 2012 | by Daniel Rahe

The summer of 1935 gripped Tacoma in a frenzy of unrest. Thousands regularly took to the streets in protest of labor disparities, leading to the deployment of National Guard troops. Tear gas was used liberally. Citizens and policemen traded blows on 11th Street and on the deck of the lift bridge we now know as the Murray Morgan Bridge. Meanwhile, the lumber mills lining the city waterway ran on shoestring capacity, or not at all


The Great Grizzly Escape

July 19th, 2012 | by Kate Albert Ward

75 years ago, a grizzly bear was on the loose in Tacoma. The 600 pound bear escaped from his cage never to be found and how he escaped is still a mystery today. His successor, a bear named Butch, also escaped, but was recaptured when his stomach betrayed him after almost three weeks on the lam. Zoos serve an important purpose, but we can't help but love a good animal escape story!


Be Kind to Animals

June 27th, 2012 | by Kate Albert Ward

This article celebrates animal lovers and advocates, past and present, while gently reminding readers that not all animals are fortunate enough to have a home where they are loved and cared for. Taking the historic command to "Be Kind to Animals" to heart, Tacomans have created many opportunities to help support homeless, abused, and neglected animals


Glimmering Gone at the Museum of Glass

December 1st, 2011 | by Kate Albert Ward

"Glimmering Gone" features striking new sculptural works formed through collaboration between artists Beth Lipman and Ingalena Klenell. Two of the installations were produced in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop


Our Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: hidden treasure or wasted opportunity?

November 22nd, 2011 | by Kate Albert Ward

Is it possible to be appreciative and critical at the same time? The Tacoma Karpeles Manuscript Library has a rich story to tell and provides access to fascinating periods of our past completely free of charge, and yet, I still get this feeling that the relationship between the museum and the Tacoma community has not been fully realized. This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of the Karpeles'-- perhaps it's time to address some of these concerns


Tacoma Rock and Roll Wall of Fame

October 3rd, 2011 | by Daniel Rahe

The event is called "Tacoma Rock and Roll Wall of Fame Banquet". In this age of Bon Iver, H&M and academi-hop, I can think of few things less likely to attract a young audience - with the possible exception of a deviled-egg convention. But that's because I stupidly hadn't done my homework


Art and History Connect on the Prairie Line Trail

July 20th, 2011 | by Lisa Kinoshita

In June, urban planner Todd Bressi and the design team of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) held a lively series of speaking engagements in Tacoma on the public art plan for the much-vaunted Prairie Line Trail



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