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Historic Preservation Month on ‘Broadening Horizons’

Historic Preservation Month on ‘Broadening Horizons’


April 15, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications,tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152
Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


2019 Historic Preservation Month Celebrates ‘Broadening Horizons’

Each May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages local communities to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, along with local partners have planned a full roster of events around this year’s theme of “Broadening Horizons” and diversity in Tacoma's history. These activities will celebrate opportunities for the future that Tacoma’s historic resources have to offer.

2019 Historic Preservation Month Calendar

All event details can be found on the Historic Preservation Month website: hpmonthtacoma.com. Some key programs include: 


  • Historic Preservation Month Kickoff: Hilltop Walking Tour: Tuesday, May 7, from 3:30 – 5 p.m., Starting at the Johnson Candy Company (924 MLK Jr. Way) 
  • Historic Preservation Month Proclamation:  Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m., at Tacoma Municipal Building in Council Chambers (747 Market St., first floor)
  • Arrested: Escape Fort Nisqually: May 9-11, at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (5400 N. Pearl St.
  • Reimagining Historic Landmarks: Youth Art Contest: Wednesday, May 15, from 6 – 8 p.m., Honey Coffee + Kitchen (1322 Fawcett Ave.)  
  • Arrested: Escape Fort Nisqually: May 23-25, at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (5400 N. Pearl St.)
  • Historic Preservation Month Reception and Awards: Friday, May 24, from 6 – 8 p.m., at Courthouse Square (1102 A St. #438.)  
  • Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour: Friday, May 31, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., starting at Browns Point Elementary School (1526 51st St NE) and ending at Browns Point Diner (6620 East Side Dr. NE) 


“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. “Our programing seeks to engage the public with historical narratives from a wide array of perspectives.”  

The month’s programming will showcase exciting new twists on Tacoma’s history. The kickoff event, a historical walking tour, will lead participants through the Hilltop neighborhood and conclude at the Tacoma Municipal Building for the City Council Historic Preservation Month proclamation. 

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

For more information on Historic Preservation Month activities, visit hpmonthtacoma.com or contact Lauren Hoogkamer at LHoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5254