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Historic Preservation Month

Historic Preservation Month Celebrated Each May in Tacoma

A central aspect of any celebration of preserving history and heritage invites us to acknowledge that Tacoma’s history is layered and complex. It begins with the fact that we here inhabit the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe, who have lived here for thousands of years and continue to do so.


National Historic Preservation Month Established in 1973

National Historic Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in order to promote historic preservation and community pride in local heritage sites.


Tacoma's 2023 Theme is People Saving Places

The City of Tacoma is excited to announce this year’s Historic Preservation Month theme of “People Saving Places,” which marks a year of highlighting the stories and successes of the people working to preserve places significant to Tacoma’s diverse communities, and of improving the equitable access to the services of the Tacoma Historic Preservation Program.


Historic Preservation Month Events Around Tacoma  

Many different local organizations will have events related to sustainability or that highlight the different aspects of Tacoma's historic resources and heritage community, happening throughout the month of May. Every year, Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Month kicks off with a Proclamation from our Mayor and City Council. This year, the proclamation was presented on May 2, 2023.Please see the online events calendar to find more events and actiivities.


View the Online Events Calendar