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Celebrate 2024 Historic Preservation Month

Community Invited to Join in the Fun With Activities and Events Celebrating 2024 Historic Preservation Month


May 1, 2024



Maria Lee, Media & Communications, maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2054


Community Invited to Join in the Fun With Activities and Events Celebrating 2024 Historic Preservation Month


TACOMA, Wash -- Each May, the City of Tacoma celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with a calendar chock full of fun activities and events throughout Tacoma’s neighborhoods. This May is no different, with more than a dozen family-friendly events celebrating this year’s theme: Discovering Tacoma’s Stories. 


The 2024 Historic Preservation Month brings history alive by going beyond the bricks and mortar of Tacoma’s historic places and landmarks. Discovering Tacoma’s Stories will shine a light on the people whose memories and stories make up the fabric of Tacoma’s rich history and cultural heritage.  


May 2024 Historic Preservation Events

  • Remembrance Gallery at Tacoma Art Museum – Thursday, May 2 at 6 PM 
  • Pretty Gritty Fernhill Walking Tour – Friday, May 3 at 6 PM 
  • Old Town Craft and Music Festival – Saturday, May 4 at 11 AM 
  • Tacoma in Motion: Exploring Tacoma's History Through Film and Audio from the NW Room – Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 PM 
  • 2024 Washington State Annual History Awards – Saturday, May 4 at 5:30 PM 
  • Summit on Black History & Preservation in Washington State – Saturday, May 11 at 10 AM 
  • Historic Tacoma Walking Tour: Proctor Neighborhood – Saturday, May 11 at 11 AM 
  • You Are Here: Tacoma Japantown Project – Wednesday, May 15 at 12:25 PM 
  • Walk Tacoma: Old Town History Walk – Wednesday, May 15 at 6 PM 
  • 7th Annual Japanese American Day of Remembrance – Thursday, May 16 at 3:30 PM 
  • Queen Victoria's Birthday at Fort Nisqually – Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM 
  • Eastside Story Fest – Saturday, May 18 at 1 PM 
  • City of Tacoma Annual Historic Preservation Awards – Thursday, May 23 at 6 PM 
  • Pretty Gritty Proctor Neighborhood Walking Tour – Sunday, May 26 at 6 PM 


The marquee event of the 2024 Historic Preservation Month celebration is the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 23 at 6 PM in Tacoma’s historic Blue Mouse Theater. The annual awards recognize the critical work of community members who enhance and preserve Tacoma’s unique character through outstanding heritage-related efforts.  


Most events are free and open to the public. Full event details are available at cityoftacoma.org/HPevents. 


Additional details about Tacoma’s full range of historic preservation programs and projects are available at cityoftacoma.org/HistoricPreservation.