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The 2023 UP Historical Society Garden Tour is fast approaching!

Please save Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 to visit five outstanding gardens in the University Place/Fircrest area. Tickets for this annual and much anticipated event are $20 (early bird) before May 1st and $25 after.  Early bird tickets may be purchased at Willow Tree Gardens & Interiors.

Other ticket sellers are Chirp and Company, Morrison House Realty, Rosedale Gardens and Gardensphere. 

 Don't miss it!

Download 2023  Garden Tour Order Form

Update on the museum: The museum is currently closed until the renovation of the Curran House orchard level is completed. The Curran House will be the future home of the museum! 




On May 21, 2014 UP Historical Society was awarded the 2013 Organization of the Year for their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to the City of University Place 



On April 14, 2014 the University Place City Council unanimously approved a five-year lease to the UP Historical Society from the City for management of the Curran House. The lease allows the Historical Society to use private and grant monies to restore the home for use as a rental or for public use as a future museum. 


University Place to have a Museum  June 1, 2013 


Cindy Bonaro, President of the University Place Historical Society, announced that after several months of collaborating efforts between the UP Historical Society and UP City Staff members, Gary Cooper, Public Works Director and Steve Victor, City Attorney, a lease agreement was reached which established the city's first museum. The location will be in the Windmill Village near the UP City Hall in building D3.


While the museum's location is only temporary, it does provide a place for the Society to collect, identify, catalog, preserve, and display historic photographs and artifacts from University Place and the region to share with the community.


The Grand Opening was held June 1 to coincide with Duck Daze celebration. Ribbon cutting and grand opening commenced at 11:30, following the parade. Member Ed Anderson and Mayor Ken Grassi did the honors. 

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