Tuesday, 04 June 2019
5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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Presented by Michael Sullivan, Pacific Northwest
historian, and Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society President
Join us for the story of how Tacoma became the home of a major
motion picture studio during the 1920s. In addition to a screening of the
Tacoma-made-silent-film, Eyes of the Totem, enjoy a presentation about
the nearby locations used in the film, the backstory of director W.S. Van
Dyke,( who went on to be nominated for Academy Awards for films like The
Thin Man and San Francisco with Clark Gable, Jeanette McDonald and
Spencer Tracy), and the unlikely events leading to the discovery of the lost
film just a few years ago.
It will also be a chance to learn about the history of Tacoma in
the movies, including the lost Weaver Studio films that were made nearby, other
major and minor productions shot in the area and the way film and the movies
have shaped Tacoma’s theatre district and visual arts.
About the Speakers:
Michael Sullivan is a Pacific Northwest historian, writer, teacher
and storyteller behind the local history blog https://tacomahistory.live./ Michael
taught a course on the History of Tacoma at the University of Washington Tacoma
for more than 20 years and recently wrote the introduction for the new edition
of Murray Morgan’s epic book Puget’s Sound, a Narrative of Tacoma and the South
Sound published by the University of Washington Press.
Bill Baarsma was born and raised in Tacoma, graduated from Stadium
and attended the University of Puget Sound where he received a BA degree in
political science in 1964. After graduation, he became the first Tacoma student
to receive a Scottish Rite Masonic Fellowship for graduate study at George
Washington University in Washington D.C. While in the Nation’s Capital, Bill
worked on the staff of Senator Henry M. Jackson and as a White House
with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1968, he accepted
a faculty position at the University of Puget Sound where he taught courses in
political science, business management, public administration and urban
In 1991, he was elected to the Tacoma Council as an at-large
council member. Since the council position was part-time, he continued his
career at UPS where he established the public administration program. In 2001,
Bill retired from UPS upon being elected Tacoma’s 37th mayor.
During Bill’s terms as council member and mayor, Tacoma
participated in the successful completion of the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma
Art Museum, the restoration of Union Station, the Murray Morgan Bridge, the
Seaport Museum, the Albers Mill and the environmental cleanup of the Foss
Waterway. The University of Washington -Tacoma became a four-year undergraduate
institution during his tenure as mayor. Tacoma also constructed the largest
municipally owned telecommunications system in North America (Click network).
Bill is now retired and volunteers as the president of the Tacoma
Historical Society and as a board member for several non-profits. He and his
wife Carol live in Tacoma’s North End. He has a son, Bill, a daughter, Katya,
and three grandchildren.
Photo Courtesy: Tacoma Historical
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon, Washington and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
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