Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Tacoma Public Library (TPL)’s Northwest Room became the sole public library to receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant award this week totaling $145,987. According to their January 9 press release, the NEH funded 260 projects worldwide with awards totaling $33.8 million. TPL’s award falls under the grant category of Cultural and Community Resilience. Led by…
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Jacqueline Noel Papers

Recently, the Northwest Room published the Jacqueline Noel Papers. These papers Include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other documentation related to Jacqueline Noel's work at the Tacoma Public Library as the Head of the Reference Department and later as a City of Tacoma Librarian. Also included is information related to Noel's genealogical research and involvement…
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William D. Trueblood, City Photographer

William Trueblood's photographs captured everything from significant local events to the mundane. He took such historically important images as Tacoma’s first Black Mayor, Harold Moss, taking the oath of office and Tacoma music great, Joe Jordan, receiving honors from the mayor in 1969. His photos also documented the then fairly unremarkable but now fascinating images…
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Ramona Bennett’s Fight for Justice in the 1970s: The Fish Wars and the Seizure of the Cascadia Center

In the summer of 1970, Ramona Bennett and a group of activists set up a fishing camp on the banks of the Puyallup River between Tacoma and Fife. This location was selected for its high visibility and Ramona, armed with a portable typewriter, kept news reporters informed as a way to raise awareness. The group…
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