Some bad news was contained at the end of a press release sent by former Trib staffer Dale Wirsing – the Tacoma Historical Society’s downtown Exhibit Center is closing.
The modest storefront center, perhaps too small to carry the title museum, was a cool little space with always changing exhibits on Tacoma history. While small it was the only answer when visitors asked if there was a place in town dedicated Tacoma history.
The exhibits usually were curated by volunteer members of the society. Two favorites were the collection of postcards and the display on Tacoma’s original auto row, located in and around the streets near the center.
As Dale notes, “other Tacoma Historical Society activities, such as publications, monthly programs, public events and the annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour, remain unaffected.”
Those wanting a last look can still catch the current show “From Ruins to Renaissance: The Architecture of Downtown Tacoma.” The center is at 747 Broadway between the Winthrop Hotel and the Old Elks Lodge. it is open from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 through 12. Admission is by donation.
Here’s the press release…
Tacoma Historical Society
Exhibit to end, downtown center to close Dec. 12
Tacomans have until Dec. 12 to visit “From Ruins to Renaissance: The Architecture of Downtown Tacoma” at Tacoma Historical Society’s Exhibit Center at 747 Broadway.
The center will be open noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 through 12. Admission is by donation.
Curated by Heather Straub, the exhibit examines the post-World War II decline of Tacoma’s Downtown and the citizen efforts that saved such icons as Union Station and led to Downtown’s more recent resurgence.
After Dec. 12 the society is closing its downtown Exhibit Center and consolidating its operations at its offices at 3712 S. Cedar St. Other Tacoma Historical Society activities, such as publications, monthly programs, public events and the annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour, remain unaffected.
Society president Jeff Cunningham expressed regret that the current financial downturn necessitated closure of the Exhibit Center.
The Exhibit Center opened in December 2005. Since that time the society has presented exhibits on the mosquito fleet, winter memories, historic postcards of Tacoma, Tacoma’s growth from a village to a major city, and passenger trains on Puget Sound, among others.
Information on the society’s activities is available here. The society can be contacted at 253-472-3738, firstname.lastname@example.org, or PO Box 1865, Tacoma WA 98401.