Posts by History Department

Scenes from Behind the Scene

Hello from the History Department — Not all of our Tacoma Elks research is about the Elks. For example, what happened after the Elks sold the downtown building at 565 Broadway and herded themselves to the suburbs? The property had a series of managers and an array of creative uses over the next two decades.…

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The Life of Hattie Lund

Hello from the History Department — It is historical fact that the Elks organization, founded in 1868, was open to white men only. It wasn’t until its bylaws were amended in 1976 to allow men of color and again in 1995 to admit women. However, there still are plenty of stories about those who influenced…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Property #2 Property #3 Property #4 Property #5 Extra Credit: Name this band.                                                 Answers: Property…

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Emmett Anderson, Grand Exalted Ruler

Hello from the History Department. We’re in the process of documenting interesting and notable figures who influenced the city of Tacoma, as well as the Elks itself. One shining example is Emmett Anderson. Not only was he a popular leader in the Tacoma lodge, but he become Grand Exalted Ruler, head of all Elks throughout…

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A Jack of All Trades

Hello from the History Department. Here’s another story of a person within a small community who made a big difference – Elias Carlson only lived to be 43 years old but certainly made his mark on Kalama, WA, from fish dealer to opera house owner to logging industry innovator. **** It is said that a…

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Kennedy’s Pioneering Martha Jordan

Hello from the History Department. As we move forward into the new year, looking toward new projects and properties, let’s not forget all of those who came before us — like Mrs. Jordan at the Kennedy School. **** Martha Beatrice (Ashford) Jordan taught Kindergarten at Kennedy School from the fall of 1948 until June 1962,…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Property #2 Property #3 Property #4 Property #5                                 Answers: Property #1: Chapel Pub Property #2: Grand Lodge Property #3: St. John’s Theater & Pub…

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Elks, Salmon & Octopi

Hello from the History Department. Here’s another example of new artwork done for the Tacoma Elks Temple, plus one of the old photos that inspired the piece. Notice anything slightly off about it? (Besides the guy wrestling the octopus, that is?) Read on… **** This colorful, fanciful work is by McMenamins artist Lillian Ripley. So,…

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Portland Hockey Trivia

Hello from the History Department. Here’s a good way to impress your sporty friends at holiday parties: Q: What is the only non-winning city engraved as champions on ice hockey’s premiere trophy, the Stanley Cup? A: Portland, Oregon This cool story also has connections to four McMenamins properties – Tavern & Pool, 23rd Avenue Bottle…

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Just Another Day at Work

Hello from the History Department — So this happened last week… ***** YES! You are correct. That’s Nirvana co-founder and bassist Krist Novoselic, signing an album for one of the Andersen Construction crew in their offices across from the Elks Temple before our tour of the property. When we posted this image on the McMenamins…

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