Archive for November 2018

Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Orb #1 Orb #2 Orb #3 Orb #4 Orb #5             Answers: Orb #1: Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Orb #2: Edgefield Orb #3: Grand Lodge Orb #4: Hillsdale Orb #5: Edgefield

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Handball and Heritage

Hello from the History Department – and happy Thanksgiving! Lea McMillan became a Tacoma Elk at 23 years old in 1961. Why? Handball, of course! But that’s not the most interesting part of his story…. ***** McMillan became an Elk at 23 years old specifically because the building currently being renovated into our newest hotel…

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The Elks’ Influence on Veterans’ Day

Hello from the History Department. As we dig into the Tacoma Elks’ history, we continue to come across interesting stories and facts. For example, did you know that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) has a direct connection with what has become known as Veterans’ Day? ***** Before WWII, November 11 was originally…

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Rudy, not Ruby

Hello from the History Department. Remember that time that Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla stopped by the Crystal Ballroom (then known as Cotillion Hall)? Rudy Valentino was a legendary pop icon and Hollywood sex symbol, with swarms of adoring fans wherever he appeared, including in Portland. ***** Valentino, sultry, brooding 1920s…

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