June 6 meeting about historic Parkland School

Councilmember Jani Hitchen has reserved a room at the James Sales School to have a community discussion about the fate of the historic Parkland School. The meeting will be held June 6. 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at 11213 Sheridan Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444. It was only May 15, when a group of people in…

6th Council District Meeting May 25

Every year, the County Council has meetings in each district instead of the Council Chambers. The 6th District, which includes West Parkland, Lakewood and Anderson Island, has a meeting May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It is also available on Zoom at:…

The FATE of Parkland School, June 21

On May 17, the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission almost did not have a quorum, but when the Vice Chair finally came on line 10 minutes late, they were surprised by the 41 people signed on to their Zoom meeting. It was stated that it was the largest turnout of any meeting they…

May 17 Public Meeting to decide fate of the old Parkland School

Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation zoom meeting Tuesday 6 p.m. where the fate of our Parkland School building could be decided.  Go to https://www.piercecountywa.gov/5938/Landmarks-and-Historic-Preservation, to find out more about the meeting or, here is the pertinent information: Starts at 6pm, Tuesday night (May 17), Call in number (253) 215-8782, i.d. 938 3347 5756, pass code 594581.  …

Shady Acres reaches 60 years

By Marianne Lincoln On April 19, 1962, Harold LeMay, Jack Brown and William “Bill” Black filed the Shady Acres Corporation at the State of Washington Secretary of State’s Office. It started as a piece of property on 208th Street. George Brown Road (46th Ave.) ran through the middle of it diagonally. The three subdivided the…

July 31, Aug. 1 – Living History Weekend

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – – On July 31and Aug. 1, the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host its annual “Living History Weekend” event featuring historic military vehicles, living history displays and activities for all ages. The two-day event will coincide with the museum’s grand reopening and is open to the general…

Firgrove School on South Hill may soon disappear into history

By Marianne Lincoln It wasn’t called South Hill years ago, the community was referred to as Firgrove. The pond near 144th Street and Meridian is no longer visible or flooding the roadway in rainy Spring weather. The area is now dotted with strip malls, not tall firs. The Puyallup School District has planned expansions for…

Women’s History Month

[Editor Note: In honor of Women’s History Month, Pierce County Councilmembers Jani Hitchen and Amy Cruver prepared two proclamations for the March 9th, 2021 meeting. The following is from Councilmember Cruver, photos from editor, Marianne Lincoln.[ The first proclamation brings attention to March as Women’s History Month and was read by myself and Jani Hitchen,…

LeMay Marymount Museum Open!

We are happy to be finally be open to the public! Our hours and policies are a little different now as the museum will be opened Thursday-Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm. Last tour of the day is at 3:00pm to ensure that everyone has adequate time to see the collection. Please read through our…

Apply for a historic preservation grant

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2021 Preservation Grant Program through Jan. 8, 2021. These grants assist in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. The program’s goal is to distribute small, yet meaningful, grants to help promote historic preservation throughout the county. Application details Grant…

Our local Suffrage Centennial Aug. 26

There is a National Historic site in Parkland of which not many are aware. No, not the Oregon Trail marker at the former Brookdale Golf Course, although that is significant too. The historic designation is at is the former home of Emma Smith DeVoe at 133rd and B Street East. Born in Illinois, Mrs. DeVoe…