Mother of Mothers

For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and grandmother to 29 grandchildren, with a front page article on May 14. The widow of Aldus A. Smith, the minister of Mason Methodist Church for many years, she had made her…
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Armed Forces Day

May 20, 1950 was the first Armed Forces Day celebrated. It was a day in tribute to the men and women who served and Tacoma got into the swing of things with a PARADE! Take a look at these 2 pictures from the Northwest Room’s Image Archive they were from the first parade held. This…
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Can you hear me now?

Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6, 1941. An audiometer, in the suitcase on the right, contains a record player connected to 20 sets of earphones. Children write down the numbers they hear over the recording. Students in the left…
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LibraryReads May 2019

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as voted on by Librarians across the country. Subscribe to Tacoma Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered straight to your inbox. Check out the LibraryReads’ picks for May 2019: The Bride Test…
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Spring Cleanup

On May 4, 1948, Pacific Lutheran College students were getting their campus ready for the annual May Fete. These unidentified students were raking in front of Old Main and loading the debris in a wheelbarrow. The May carnival would include many fun filled activities for the students. The highlight of the festivities would be the…
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