Tuesday, 01 October 2019

Elks Temple History Pub

How the Lady Lex Lit Up Tacoma!

5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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Why not stay the night? Receive 15% off your hotel room that evening using the code HISTORY2019 or mention it when you call the hotel.

About How the Lady Lex Lit Up Tacoma!

How the Lady Lex Lit Up Tacoma!

Presented by William Lokey - Adventurer, Mountaineer, Emergency Manager and Polar Logistician

Join us for an in-depth presentation on how the USS Lexington kept the lights on in Tacoma in 1929, after a severe drought left little water behind Tacoma City Light’s two power dams. This fascinating story of good intentions, bureaucracy, city rivalry, politics, and improvisational problem solving, explores the relationship that developed between the Lady Lex and Tacoma that lasted all the way through World War II.

About the Speaker:

William Lokey has enjoyed a 50-year career of travel and adventure, supporting science in the Polar Regions and helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from all kinds of disasters.  

During his summers in college (he has a degree in Sculpture from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio), he worked for the Juneau Icefield Research Program supporting student training and research programs.  Later, he managed logistics and provided survival training for the US Antarctic Program, doing four tours, wintering over on three occasions.

After Antarctica, William had a 40-year career in emergency management, working at the local, state, and federal levels and as a private sector consultant.  He has managed preparedness, response, and recovery operations for hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, winter storms, volcanic eruptions, wildland fires, and terrorist attacks.  He has shared his expertise throughout the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

William has climbed mountains and led expeditions to peaks in the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Africa.  Recently retired, he now enjoys travel, mountaineering, skiing, and sharing his experiences with schools, service clubs, cruise ships and other organizations.

About Elks Temple History Pub

Elks Temple History Pub

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.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp

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