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    2017 Craft Saturdays

    Drop in on the third Saturday of each month for seasonal art and craft activities.


    Feb 18 - Feed the Birds
    March 18 - Ring in Spring
    April 15 - Spring Noisemakers
    May 20 - Scavenger Hunts
    June 17 - Toy Boat Building
    July 15 - Pioneer Toys
    August 19 - Rock Painting
    September 16 - Pioneer Days Festival
    October 21 - Tacoma Arts Month
    November 18 - Looms and Weaving

    More details are available on our Facebook Events page.

  • Volunteer Open House and Brown Bag Lunch

    Do you want to know more about the Cabin and how to get involved?

    Attend the Volunteer Open House & Brown Bag Lunch on Saturday 5/20, 11am-1pm.

    • Take a private tour of the Museum and learn about the history we share with the Tacoma community.
    • Meet our friendly Museum staff and current volunteers.
    • Find out how volunteers are critical to our mission of bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life.
    • Support our extended hours and special activities during the upcoming Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017.

    Bring a brown bag lunch. We will provide dessert.

    We welcome volunteers of all ages, interests and skill levels.

    All volunteers must successfully pass a security background check.


    Learn more about our volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match.

  • 2017 Old Town History Walks

    Learn more about Old Town Tacoma's history with our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides.

    • Rain or shine.
    • Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
    • Tours last approximately 1 hour
    • Tours begin at Job Carr Cabin Museum unless otherwise noted.

    For more information, contact Mary Bowlby.

    Tacoma City's Frontier Days

    May 13 @ 11am

    This tour centers on Tacoma's earliest buildings and the people who believed in Tacoma from the start.

    Tacoma's 1st Working Waterfront

    June 17 @ 11am

    Learn about the businesses, events and people who gave Tacoma the name "Lumber Capitol of America," as well as those who helped establish Tacoma's maritime trades.

    *This tour begins at Old Town Dock, 2200 Ruston Way

    The Nature of Things - Tacoma

    July 19 @ 5pm

    **NEW in 2017**

    This tour will explore the geography and plant life of Old Town - foundational influences to our regional history.

    Old Town Tacoma Into the 20th Century

    August 23 @ 5pm

    This tour focuses on the places and people of Old Tacoma in the late 19th and early 20th century. We will also see buildings and markers significant to the story of this strong community.

    Old Town's Immigrant Influences

    September 9 @ 11am

    In 1900, Old Town was an immigrant community. Hear stories about buildings, events and people rooted in countries far from Tacoma.

  • Take a Tacoma History Walk

    Mobile Old Town Walking Tour on STQRY

    Access the FREE Old Town Tacoma Walking Tour anytime by downloading the STQRY app to your smartphone or tablet.

    Pick up a Kids Activity Book from the Cabin to enhance the walking tour for your family. Bring your completed booklet to the Museum for a free postcard!

  • 2017 Pioneer Days Festival

    Saturday, September 16

    We're planning a day full of pioneer fun for the 2017 edition of Pioneer Days Festival!

    Find photos of the 2016 Pioneer Days Festival on our Facebook photo page

    This video from TV Tacoma's CityLine tells about PDF2015

    (recorded 9/10/15, clip begins at 17:25).


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  • Santa Visits Old Town

    Thank you to the Kitsap Carolers, Old Town MarKee, and all our wonderful volunteers!


    We couldn't have done it without you!

  • In 2015, we celebrated 150 years since Job Carr's "Eureka!" moment,

    when he decided to stake his claim on the site that became "Tacoma City"

    and built a cabin on the shores of Commencement Bay.


    Read about the historic moment and Job, the man, in this News Tribune article.



  • Get Involved!

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    bring Tacoma's birthplace to life?

    Become part of our volunteer team!