Fall Genealogy Classes

Interested in genealogy but don’t know where to start? Are you feeling excited but slightly overwhelmed by the variety of genealogy websites, databases, and records available online? Tacoma Public Library can help! Join us at Main Branch for two free classes that will introduce you to the tools you need to start finding your roots…
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Tacoma Mall Thriftway, 1965

The Tacoma Mall Thriftway supermarket had its grand opening on October 13,1965. The store was decorated throughout with wooden panels and murals that, through color and design, imitated Pacific Northwest Indian art motifs without reproducing actual design elements from any particular tribe. In the Bakery Department, shelves offered a variety of freshly baked goods and…
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Picking Pumpkins, 1968

Frank Temple, sitting on a large pumpkin, appears to approve of Joann Glenn's selection of a nicely shaped, small pumpkin. Frank, Joann and "Charlie Brown" were photographed in Mr. and Mrs. Eberhard Kaelin's pumpkin patch at Valley Avenue and 54th Avenue East in Fife in October, 1968. Charlie Brown seems to be commenting on the…
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More than just scrapbooking local history: Northwest Room clipping files

Remember that long-ago news event that made headlines way back, can’t remember exactly when, but it was something about a missing sailboat. Or you saw an art exhibit, decades ago at the Puyallup Fair and would like to browse through the catalogue once more. Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room’s clippings files may be just the…
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Gerald Roslie, 1968

Gerald Roslie posed on September 26, 1968, casually leaning on his Vox Continental electronic organ. He was wearing a Nehru-styled jacket with brocade trim, coordinating brocade slacks, black ankle boots and a scorpion medallion. Billed as the "Gerry Roslie Riot," in September of 1968 he was appearing nightly and on Saturday nights in the newly…
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Waiting for Willkie, 1940

When 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie stopped in Tacoma, both Frank Fletcher (left), age 5, and his brother Walt, age 3, were at the Northern Pacific Shops train yard to hear him. Willkie's September 1940 visit to Tacoma was the first campaign stop by a Republican presidential candidate in Tacoma in 24 years. goo.gl/pk2Zvo…
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Fall Fashion, 1954

An elegantly dressed Mrs. Wallace Scott is draped with a luxurious fur wrap as she models for the Tacoma News Tribune's annual fall fashion layout. She is wearing a natural royal pastel mink "tripolero" cape as she poses near Don Harter's dry cleaning establishment at South 7th and Saint Helens Avenue on September 23, 1954…
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