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Welcome to University Place Historical Society


In the fall of 1999, a small group of local citizens gathered to discuss collecting information about the history of University Place. The University Place Historical Society incorporated shortly after that on January 24, 2000. Since that time members have been active in collecting and preserving the history of University Place.


One of our most recent successes was obtaining a National Historical Registry Designation for the Curran House. While not the oldest house in University Place, it was designed by a nationally recognized architect, Robert Price, and thus worthy of preservation.






Upcoming Events:

 Save the dates!

 University Place Tour of Gardens

Saturday, May 17(10am-4pm) and Sunday, 18 (12-4pm)! UP Historical Society will present the "Variety" of gardens tour. Our spingtime garden tour is all about gardening and whether you live in a condo, house, or on an urban farm, you will find inspiration in the 2014 UPHS Tour of Gardens.

Our special guest speaker Marianne Binetti, garden columnist and host of the TV show "Dig In," will kick off the garden tour from 10-10:45 am on Saturday at the UP Presbyterian Church 8800 27th St. W. Gardens will open following the talk.

Tickets: Click Here to order Tickets Online

     +On sale April 10th

     +$15 includes talk and tour (can be purchased at door for talk)

     +Purchased the days of the tour only at the UP Museum, 2715 Bridgeport Way W., Suite D, Sat 10am-2pm; Sun12-2pm

     +Can be purchased at the following locations:

           * Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors, 7216 27th St. W., University Place

           *Chirp&Co in the Proctor District, 3803 N 26th St, Tacoma

           *Portland Avenue Nursery, 1409 East 59th Street, Tacoma

           *The Garden Room, 4729 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor (located in UP Town) 

     +Purchase tickets electronically using Brown Paper Tickets by using the following link: Order Tickets Online




 Contact us for more details.


 The next meetings of the UP Historical Society will be:

 April Meeting:  Cancelled

May Meeting:    May 14, 2014 at 7pm

Unless noted, meetings are held in Suite D-2, the room adjoining the UP Museum, Windmill Village Bldg D, suite D-3 off of Bridgeport Way. This room can be entered either through the Museum or through the doors which open onto the Windmill Village Drexler St. Parking Lot.



Volunteers currently needed for the following:


The UPHS is seeking volunteers who are interested in volunteering as docents at the newly opened University Place Museum in Windmill Village. Requirements are simple:


1. Care about our city and its rich history

2. Have some time to share

3. Enjoy working with others


Docents will receive training prior to working in the museum. 


Please contact us if you would like to help at:


Or call our UPHS phone number 253-778-6717 



Other Museum happenings by neighboring towns:


Tacoma Historical Talk - Bernice E. Newell, "a woman ahead of her time." Presented by her granddaughter Sydney Newell:

April 14, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Murray Room at Wheelock Student Center, UPS


DuPont Historical Society - Annual Cherry Blossom Tea and High Fashion Show: May 3, 2014 at 2pm at Chloe Clark Elementary.