Spanaway removed from Historic Preservation Grants

Proposal No. R2017-121: A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Approving the 2018 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Fund Disbursement as Recommended by the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission. The commission removed the Spanaway Community Association proposal for historic road signs. Spanaway, as a community altered after the Growth Management Act and losing…

PICNIC – Spanaway Historical Society, July 16

Sunday, July 16 is the Annual Meeting and Picnic for the Spanaway Historical Society at the Prairie House Museum,  812 E. 176th Street in Spanaway, Washington. The picnic begins a little before noon on Sunday. Hamburgers, hotdogs and lemonade are supplied and the participants bring potluck dishes, salads and desserts. Many of the attendees are…

April 12 – Parkland Community

LEARN about the rich history of Parkland and the ongoing urbanization of our communities. Find out how to effectively ADVOCATE for the needs of our neighborhoods. ENGAGE with other committed volunteers and leadership in and around Parkland. When: Wednesday. April 12, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Mayfair/138thE/Brookdale Safe Streets Community Meeting Agenda: *Safe Streets Campaign…

Kid’s Day at Prairie House – April 5

On Wednesday, April 5th, come spend the afternoon with us at the Prairie House Museum. This will be our 27th Kids’ Day. Enjoy life at the turn of the century. Tour our 1890’s farm house and outbuildings. Make butter, pop popcorn, see farm animals. We have lots of displays including a large Dollhouse all decorated…

Christmas Open House

The Spanaway Historical Society’s Christmas Open House, will be Sunday, Dec 11, from 1-3pm. The house is all decorated, even the dollhouse! Come out for some old fashioned Christmas cheer and maybe pick up a wreath for your and support your local museum. The Spanaway Historical Society’s Prairie House Museum is located at 812 E. 176th…

Locate that building’s history

Have you ever been driving around Washington state and seen something that appeared to be incredibly historic and didn’t know how to find out more? Well, some of your wondering has a resource. The Department of Archaeology and Historical Preservation’s Wisaard online database provides access to the state’s inventory of historic properties including properties listed on the…

Spanaway Historical Society Picnic, July 19

Sunday, July 19 is the annual meeting and potluck picnic for the Spanaway Historical Society. Held at the Prairie House Museum, the annual party is a fun family event that includes a chance to see all the displays at the museum. Burgers, hot dogs and coffee are supplied by the historical society. Attendees bring favorite dishes…

Leschi Honor Walk 2015

Today I had the privilege of joining the Nisqually Tribe of Indians out on JBLM in the artillery impact zone.  This is a special treat the base provides to the Tribe so they can visit parts of their reservation that were condemned and are unreachable due to the dangerous activities in the area. More of the…

39th annual Norwegian Heritage Festival – April 25th

Ja, sure, you betcha! On Saturday April 25 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the University Center at PLU, the Scandinavians are taking over with booths, costumes, music and delightful cuisine. Sponsored by the Scandinavian Cultural Center of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, this event is sure to delight. Welcome to the 39th annual Norwegian…

Flag lowering, April 15 – 150 years, remembrance of Abe Lincoln

Governor Inslee directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, April 15, in honor of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and died on April 15, 150 years ago. Flags should remain at half-staff until…

Spanaway’s forgotten ties to Fort Steilacoom – April 12

Historic Fort Steilacoom Presentation This Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Jean Sensel, author of Images of America~Spanaway, tells true tales of Spanaway’s forgotten ties to Fort Steilacoom and the Northwest’s 1855 Indian War. Coffee and conversation to follow. Spanaway resident John Wilson Roberts leased his prairie land for militia training. Learn more about John and the…

Pierce County opens application window for Historic Preservation Grant Program

Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission has opened the application process for the 2016 Preservation Grant Program. Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. For stabilization, restoration, or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government (CLG) register-listed buildings or structures, the maximum request is $15,000. For photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history…