Archive for October 2018

Hello, Gorgeous [Part II]

Hi from the History Department – Last week’s post about the Orpheum Theater chandelier now installed at the Tacoma Elks Temple really dazzled our Facebook history friends. The post has garnered a reach of over 58,000 people, 800+ likes and more than 400 shares (and counting!). And so here’s Part II of the story, with…

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Sam the Ghost

Hello from the History Department – It’s that time of year again. **************** Technically, the historians are the wrong ones to ask about ghosts. Technically, we are supposed to stick to the facts. And it is a proven fact that ghosts are hard to prove as fact. But… you never know. We have more than…

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Hello, Gorgeous

Here is a recent photo of this exquisite piece being installed in the top-floor ballroom at the Elks Temple in Tacoma. Easily 10 feet of gilded metal and glass, this magnificent chandelier reportedly took six months to construct for the lobby of the Orpheum Theater in Seattle in 1927. Imagine it casting a glittery glow…

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Beloved Community, 1990

Hello from the History Department – Have a look at just one of the fantastic pieces of new artwork that our McMenamins artists are painting for the Tacoma Elks Temple. No, the three figures depicted here were never Elks. As artist Jonathan Case explains below, this is a fictional mash-up of people who called Tacoma…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties with the clues below. 1. An eclectic mix of longshoremen, teamsters, brewery and mill workers have mingled with college students, legislators, governors, judges and lobbyists. 2. “No more can be said for them than that the man who took them is an honest individual and…

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