Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma


Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

407 S. G St.

Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

Six large Greco-Roman columns and portico form a stately entrance to the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Facing lovely Wright Park, an arboretum of hundreds of mature trees, and just across the street from the Victorian-styled Seymour Botanical Conservatory, it offers an ideal environment for the exhibit of original papers of historic importance. Both children and adults can view the historic documents in some 50 oak and glass cases. The primary sources of history displayed in the museum provide the means for increasing the cultural literacy of Tacoma viewers. Exhibits are always admission free.

Current Exhibit:

The Evita Perón Exhibit (through April 22)

View documents hand written by Evita Perón, the celebrity wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. Evita played a central role in Perón’s first term in office (1946-1952). Documents on display include:

  1. Juan Perón’s request for permission to marry Evita

  2. A love letter of Evita to Juan Perón prior to their marriage where she practices writing “Eva Perón”

  3. Background check on Evita given to the Minister of War while she was Juan Perón’s mistress

  4. Evita’s actions in taking charge when Perón is arrested

  5. Evita’s Civil Personnel Registration in the Nat. Administration

  6. Juan Perón’s pension registration naming Evita as his wife

  7. Evita’s registration of her fingerprints

  8. Evita signs her dental records

  9. Evita’s draft manuscript of the objectives of the Eva Perón Foundation

  10. Evita’s project proposals for the Eva Perón Foundation

  11. Evita’s draft to the women of Argentina on women’s civil rights

  12. Evita’s strong political attack for housewife’s civil rights

  13. Evita’s draft address to the First National Assembly of Women

  14. Evita’s address to the First Assembly of the Perónista Feminist Party

  15. Evita’s letter to Juan Perón’s mother Juana Perón

  16. Evita’s draft notebook recording responses to questions requested by her associates in preparation for writing her book “La Razon de Mi Vida” (“My Mission in Life”)

  17. Original draft of Evita’s autobiography “La Razon de mi Vida” (“My Mission in Life”)

  18. Letter of Evita’s mother, Juana Ibarguren de Duarte, wishing Evita happiness on her trip to Europe

  19. Letter of Evita to Juan Perón before her operation

  20. Letter of Evita to Juan Perón while on her death bed

Tacoma Museums:

Buffalo Soldier Museum

1940 S. Wilkeson St.

Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: http://www.buffalosoldierstacoma.org

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

407 S. G St.

Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.

Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: http://FortNisqually.org

LeMay Car Museum

2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421

Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: http://www.lemaymuseum.org/

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave.

Wed.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St.

Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.,
noon to 5 p.m.

Info: http://museumofglass.org

Slater Museum of Natural History (currently under renovation)

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St. #1088


slatermuseum@pugetsound.edu

Collins Memorial Library

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St

http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/collins-memorial-library/

Scandinavian Cultural Center

Pacific Lutheran University

Hours: Sun. 1-4 p.m., Tue. and Wed. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: http://www.plu.edu/scancenter/

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