“The World’s First Long Distance Telephone Line”
Through Aug. 30, Tue. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 407 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405
View documents pertaining to the making of long distance telegraph lines and early telephone lines in California. Several California gold mining companies were instrumental in the development of some of the first telegraph and long distance telephone lines west of the Mississippi River. On view are documentary materials that tell the story of the development of the California Telegraph Company and the Ridge Telephone Company, which built the world’s first long distance telephone line.
View leases, legal papers, news articles, invoices and other documents that flesh out the story of this crucial period in the development of electronic commications. Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html.
Queen Victoria’s Birthday
May 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St. in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA 98407
Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday. A merry mood
permeates the fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley, toasts to the queen, and a cannon salute. Many of the Fort’s ladies and gentlemen will be dressed in their finest, 1850s fashion. Throughout the day, guests can visit with our historical interpreters, join in a game of croquet, learn a few steps from the Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers and, at 3 p.m., enjoy a performance by the Chief Leschi Elementary, Puyallup Tribal School Drum and Dance Group. Event admission is $8-$10, and children 3 and younger are free. For more information visit FortNisqually.org or call (253) 591-5339.
Kickoff to Glory Preview Gala
May 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Celebrate excellence at the “Kickoff to Glory” gala preview for the multimedia exhibition, “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” Get an exclusive first look at the 6,000-square-foot exhibit. See hundreds of iconic artifacts and immerse yourself in the Hall of Fame experience. View rare footage from NFL Films, try on a helmet and hear coach-to-player communication or step inside an authentic instant replay booth to make a tough call. Don’t miss the special Seattle Seahawks tribute section and your chance to snap a selfie with the Super Bowl trophy. Info: www.washingtonhistory.org.