The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office and the Tacoma Public Library will host three free workshops this fall to help local property owners research their historic homes and buildings.

More than 175 properties have been formally landmarked and added to the city’s register of historic places. In addition, owners of historic homes and buildings can take advantage of loans to repair and rehabilitate their properties, as well as local and federal tax incentives exclusive to these heritage structures.

Workshop participants will learn how to access information from primary resources — such as historic maps, newspapers, and directories — to learn more about the historic significance of their properties. Tacoma Public Library Historian Brian Kamens, as well as from local professional historians, will offer guidance during the workshops.

Here is the schedule of workshops:


215 S. 56th St.

Sat., Sept. 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Led by Brian Kamens and Susan Johnson, Artifacts Consulting.

More information is available online here.



3523 E. G St.

Thurs., Sept. 27

4:30 5:45 p.m.

Led by Brian Kamens and Ed Echtle, Echtle Research

More information is available online here.



1102 Tacoma Ave. S. (Northwest Room)

Weds., Oct. 17

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Led by Brian Kamens and Katie Pratt, NW Vernacular

More information is available online here.


Pre-registration is not required. For questions, call (253) 591-5254 or email

Thumbnail photo by Jeff Hitchcock via creative commons.