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History lesson blooming in Steilacoom
Two centuries ago, a small pink flower framed the hills and prairie around the main village of the Steilacoom Indian tribe in what is now west Pierce County. Other Puget Sound tribes took Steilacoom to loosely mean "people of the Indian pink area," according to the tribe's web site. Some people say the historic town was named after the flower; others say the town was named after the tribe.
"It's kind of lost there in the mist of time, you might say," said Joan Curtis, curator of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association.
It's also lost in something of an identity crisis, and a fight for survival. The Steilacoom flower is more commonly known as the small woodland flower or small-flowered prairie star. And as the area was settled and later urbanized, it and other native prairie flowers and plants have slowly disappeared from Pierce County.
Now, Steilacoom town officials have jump-started efforts to reintroduce the flower to the area with assistance from the Pierce County Conservation District and others. The town has purchased 20 flowers from Oregon that it plans to plant in local parks with the community's help as a placeholder. After that, fans of the Steilacoom flower hope to grow and harvest it locally for enjoyment by future generations and as a reminder of the past.
"There's a history lesson to it," Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas said.
Lithophragma parviflorum, the flower's scientific name, can be found over a vast area covering Washington state to California and stretching past the Rocky Mountains into the Great Plains. Locally, some can be found on the grounds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and in areas of east Pierce County
"But local populations of the flower have become rare," said Rod Gilbert, a biologist for the fish and wildlife program at Lewis-McChord whose work includes prairie restoration. "The introduction and growth of nonnative grasses, loss of prairieland to forest, farming, and urban development have combined to chase the flower out of Pierce and Thurston counties," Gilbert said. "Many of the 300 native species of prairie flowers and plants are hard to find today, and about half have disappeared completely," he said.
"Town officials attempted to reintroduce the namesake flower in 2004 as part of Steilacoom's 150th birthday celebration, but it was unsuccessful," Lucas said.
Curtis said, "Folks scoured everywhere, including Canada, but came up empty. We just literally couldn't find the flower," she said.
Fast forward to this year. Lucas recalled the unsuccessful effort during a recent meeting with the Pierce County Conservation District, which promotes renewable natural resources in Pierce County. Homeowners pay $5 a year to fund the district, which includes unincorporated Pierce County and 11 municipalities.
"The district agreed to the request to help revive the flower because one of its goals is to preserve native plants in the area," said Chris Towe, the district's liaison to Steilacoom. "We're happy to help them to get this native plant back and reintroduced," he said.
The district in turn sought the help of Susan Stuart, the owner of All Seasons Sustainable Plants. She was happy to lend a green thumb. A former registered nurse, Stuart started her business about a year ago in space leased from the district's greenhouse near its main office in Puyallup. During a recent trip to Oregon, Stuart purchased 100 of the Willamette Valley variety of the flower, which are slightly larger than average. The town will be able to plant them immediately.
She's also on the hunt for remnants of the local stock that can be found around the area. Stuart harvested two of the flowers in east Pierce County and has a request out to visit a piece of prairie land across from Clover Park Technical College that might be home to more flowers. She also has enlisted others to search in other areas around the Puget Sound area.
"I'm a pitbull when I want to find something," she said. "I won't let go."
The town will plant the Oregon variety until Stuart can establish the local version. It takes two years for local stock to grow from seed to flower.
Lucas said, nce the local stock takes root, he'd like to turn over the project to the Steilacoom Garden Club so residents can buy and plant it.
Stuart sees her work as important to secure the flower's future in Pierce County. "It's beautiful, and I don't want to see it disappear," she said.
Christian Hill : The Tacoma News Tribune
Kid Club at the Steilacoom Historical Museum - April through September
It's time for Kids Club at the Steilacoom Historical Museum. The Kids Club is held the last Saturdays of each month, April through September, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It is two hours full of fun activities held in the lower level of the Museum and in the Wagon Shop. April 27 will be the first one for the year and kids will be doing a Wagon Shop project, as well as having the opportunity to explore the Museum. Activities are appropriate for ages 5-10. (Younger kids than 5 should be accompanied by a parent.)
Subsequent last Saturday activities are as follows: May 25, trying out weaving and spinning and other yarn art; June 29, patriotic paper crafts plus getting ready for the 4th of July parade; July 27, button and seashell project; August 31, making a book ; September 28, making cider in an old fashioned press plus apple crafts and tasting. Come and enjoy a little hands on history!
Steilacoom High School Choir Concert - Thursday 30 May 2013
7:00 p.m. at Steilacoom High School; 54 Sentinel; Steilacoom, WA 98388
Pioneer Middle School Choir Concert - Thursday 6 June 2013
7:00 p.m. at Pioneer Middle School; 1750 Bob's Hollow Road; DuPont, WA 98327
Steilacoom Library Used Book Sale 31 May and 1 June
Friends of Steilacoom Library and American Legion Post 53 will hold a book sale at the Steilacoom library on Friday 31 May and Saturday 01 June. Hours are: Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM; Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM.
Books can be donated at Espresso by the Bay: Steilacoom Pub & Grill; Dr. McDade's Dental Office, 1701 Lafayette; and Topside Restaurant, Rainier & Wilkes. Topside will offer a 10% discount on patrons' bills on Sundays to those who donate books for the sale.
The Steilacoom Library has a great volunteer group that supports library events and helps improve the quality of service. The group is "Friends of the Steilacoom Library." All are eligible to join. Information is available at the library about the Friends of the Library and their activities.
Tour of Steilacoom Homes - 8 June 2013
Steilacoom Tour of Historic Homes
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 for SHMA members; $20 for general public
Six privately owned historic homes in the Historic District of Steilacoom will be on view to the public. The tour, presented by the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, will feature homes dating from 1858 through 1895. Of these, five were built when Washington was still a territory, and one built just after Washington achieved statehood. All the homes are within the Steilacoom Historic District.
The tour includes Rolling Hill, built in 1858 by merchant Philip Keach, with its well tended garden overlooking Puget Sound. This home is placed separately on the National Register of Historic Sites and owned by the same family since 1937.
The homes are typical of their time period, including several with Gothic Revival styling, and one early summer home later moved up from the water to it's present location when the railroad came through in 1912. They were owned by pioneers whose stories describe the beginnings of this region, such as Steven Appleby who was president of the National Bank of Tacoma and was instrumental in situating Fort Lewis on the Nisqually Plain or Wolf Shafer who established a successful brewery in town and later became Pierce County Treasurer.
Tickets will be available at the Museum, 1801 Rainier Street, on weekends in May from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. or on the day of the event at Perkins Park at the corner of Union and Martin Streets. General public tickets will also be available online after May 1 at www.steilacoomhistorical.org. On-street parking is available near all the stops on the tour. Children under 10 are discouraged.
Proceeds will benefit the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. For further information, please contact the Museum at 253.584.4133.
Steilacoom Farmers Market - 12 June thru 28 August 2013
Mark your calendar! The first market of the season will be 12 June 2013. If you are interested in information about being a vendor or volunteering to help with market operations, please see our web site at Steilacoom Farmers Market - Click Here.
Our market days will be every Wednesday, 12 June through 28 August 1013.
4th of July Fireworks - Paid For Entirely By Donations!
The Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce once again opens Lafayette Street to the public for the day-long July 4th Celebration. Come join in the fun!
The Steilacoom Fireworks Committee is once more soliciting donations to pay for the annual gala finale to the 4th of July in the Town on the Sound. For more than twenty years, local citizens and businesses have contributed to this fantastic fireworks display. Please consider making a donation toward the 2013 display.
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Steilacoom Citizens Fireworks Committee
P.O. Box 88584
Steilacoom, WA 98388
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a Credit Card contribution.
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Box Tops for Education & Campbell's Soup Labels
Help Steilacoom's schools by saving and turning in the Box Tops for Education and/or Campbell's Soup labels at any school.
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Puyallup Farmer's Market - Saturdays, 14 April - 13 October
Celebrating our 31st anniversary season of the Puyallup Farmer's Market! Purchase flowers, hanging baskets, veggie and fruit starts, and much more from local grown in Washington vendors. In addition, we have an abundance of high quality arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, and a handful of community driven non-profits on-site. It's much more than a typical farmer's market, but a weekend community celebration. We take great pride in our Market and we hope you will share in our enthusiasm.
Come down and see why we are SO FRESH AND SO GREEN this Market season!
Please note: The Market will move into the Pavilion beginning May 5 and will run through the end of Fall Market, October 13th on Saturdays only.
We Love Steilacoom Association Food Pantry
The Association operates a food bank for low-income individuals and families. Additionally, the Association provides need-based assistance for utility payments and, to the extent funds are available, scholarships for Steilacoom High School students with preference given to those attending a 2-year college or vocational school.
Food distributions are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the old Pioneer Middle School on Chambers Street. Food donations may be dropped off at the Community Center or at the Food Bank during operating hours.
Financial contributions for any of the programs, including the scholarship program, may be dropped off at the Community Center. A separate check, made payable to the Association, may also be sent in with your utility bill.
For more information, contact Paul Loveless at 581-1912 or Sharon Cornett, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 581-1076.
You will meet great new friends and have fun!
- For activities at the Community Center, contact Pauline Monk at 983-2599.
- The Steilacoom Food Bank always welcomes volunteers. Contact Paul Loveless at 983-2074
- We have a very active volunteer Parks Group. Contact Nancy Henderson at 584-7284
- The Citizens Fireworks Committee is preparing for this year's 4th of July. Contact Danny Lopez at 582-4995.
2013 Steilacoom Historical Museum Association Annual Events
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- April, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, museum open.
- April 14, Sunday, 2:00 pm, lecture by Dick Blumenthal, author of Maritime Place Names - Inland Washington Waters.
- May, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, museum open.
- May 25, Saturday, Kids Club at the Museum, (time and dates to follow).
- June, Wednesdays, Museum opened 2-5 pm during Farmers Market.
- June, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Museum open.
- June 8th, Saturday, Historic Home Tour (tentative, more information to come).
- June 29th, Saturday, Kids Club at the Museum, (time and dates to follow).
- July, Wednesdays, Museum open 2-5 pm during Farmers Market.
- July, Saturdays and Sundays,1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Museum open.
- July 4, Thursday, Independence Day, SHMA Ice Cream Social at the Museum.
- July 27, Kids Club at the Museum, (time and dates to follow).
- July 28, Sunday, at Sunnyside Beach, Salmon Bake.
- August, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Museum open.
- August 31, Saturday, Kids Club at the Museum, (time and dates to follow).
- September, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Museum open.
- September 28, Saturday, Kids Club at the Museum, (time and dates to follow).
- October, September, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Museum open.
- October 6, Sunday, Apple Squeeze.
- November, Museum closed for the season.
- December, Museum Christmas Store opens (time and dates to follow).
- December 6, Friday, Magical Night at the Wagon Shop.
- December 7, Saturday, Annual Membership Dinner (Members Only, invitations mailed to all members).
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association
P.O. Box 88016
Steilacoom, WA 98388
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Town of Steilacoom Annual Events|
Garden Club Plant Sale - Second Saturday in May
Steilacoom Farmers Market - June, July, August - Every Wednesday
Concerts In The Park - June, July, August - Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Old Fashioned, Hometown, Independence Day Parade, Street Fair, Fireworks
Salmon Bake - Last Sunday in July, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Garage Sale Saturday - Second Saturday in August, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Apple Squeeze - First Sunday in October, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Christmas At Town Hall - First Friday in December
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