Well it’s the third anniversary of this TacomaHistory.wordpress blog. In the last year, 47 new stories have been added to the 317 total posts exploring the city’s further adventures, tragedies, triumphs and follies. We have continued to profile good people and bad and followed the events and misadventures of characters that both praise and dis this place we call home. This year we also dove into the mystery of people and places recorded in images without identities or context, a sort of lost persons investigation. The Clear As Glass series of photographs and portraits from a glass plate collection now held at the Washington State Historical Society drew a lot of interest and will be continued. 114,791 views have been recorded in 2018 bringing the site’s total since launch to 249,696. There have been hundreds of comments, corrections and scolds sent our way via the WordPress blog network, Facebook and Twitter.
As we have each year, we want to take a moment and recognize the vital role the Tacoma Public Library, Washington State Historical Society, University of Washington Digital Collections, HistoryLink and many other public archives play in telling our shared stories and understanding our collective past. I’m not sure wisdom or the better aspects of human nature are ever easy to recognize or find but if we want to go searching I think our shared history is a good place to start. It’s why we have memories and libraries and the stories we tell each other.
Some things to watch for in the coming year are more film, audio and media content in the stories. The search for backstories connected to individual pieces of the past will continue to be a lure as were the glass plate images in the Clear Series. And we have a backlog of biographies and architectural sketches to catch up on. Thanks for following TacomaHistory.live and if you have a comment, lead or object of interest to share it will certainly be appreciated.
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