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    2017 Pioneer Days Festival Poster Contest Winners

    1st Place - Tayler W, Mary Lyon Elem.
    2nd Place - Romello J, Blix Elem.
    3rd Place - Neveah G, Blix Elem.
    Honorable Mention - Violet B, Preschool

    Summer Storytime

    Join us every Wednesday this summer for Storytime at the Cabin!

    6/28/17 - 8/30/17



    Thank you to Annie Wright Schools ~
    sponsor of the 2017 Summer Storytime series


    Want to know more about Summer Storytime?

    Read this 6/29/16 review by


    Thank You to our Sponsor:

  • Craft Saturdays

    Drop in on the third Saturday of each month for seasonal art and craft activities -

    Here's our 2017 line-up:

    2017 Schedule:

    July 15 - Pioneer Toys
    August 19 - Rock Painting
    September 16 - Pioneer Days Festival
    October 21 - Tacoma Arts Month
    November 18 - Looms and Weaving

    Sponsored by:

  • 2017 Old Town History Walks

    Learn more about Old Town Tacoma's history with our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides.

    Want to join us for a walk? Here are a few things to know:

    • Walks take place, rain or shine.
    • Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
    • Tours last approximately 1 hour
    • Tours begin at Job Carr Cabin Museum unless otherwise noted.

    For more information, contact Mary Bowlby.

    Sponsored by:

    Old Town Tacoma Into the 20th Century

    August 23 @ 5pm

    This tour focuses on the places and people of Old Tacoma in the late 19th and early 20th century. We will also see buildings and markers significant to the story of this strong community.

    Old Town's Immigrant Influences

    September 9 @ 11am

    In 1900, this was an immigrant community. Hear stories about buildings, events and people rooted in countries far from Old Town, Tacoma.

    OR... Take a self-guided Old Town History Walk

    Try our Old Town Walking Tour mobile app!

    Download the free STQRY app through the app store on your smartphone or tablet.

    Pick up a Kids Activity Book from the Cabin to enhance the walking tour for your family. Bring your completed booklet to the Museum for a free postcard!

  • Volunteer Open House and Brown Bag Lunch

    Do you want to know more about the Cabin and how to get involved?

    Attend the Volunteer Open House & Brown Bag Lunch on Saturday 8/19, 10am-12pm.

    • Tour the Museum and see the history we share with the Tacoma community.
    • Meet our friendly Museum staff and current volunteers.
    • Learn how volunteers are critical to our mission - bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life.
    • Support the Museum's annual Pioneer Days Festival.

    Bring a brown bag lunch. We will provide dessert.

    We welcome volunteers of all ages, interests and skill levels.

    All volunteers must successfully pass a security background check.


    Learn more about our volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match.


  • Pioneer Days Festival

    Saturday, September 16


    This community event showcases

    Job Carr Cabin Museum and

    Tacoma's frontier history with

    an afternoon of fun for the whole family.

    Find photos of the 2016 Pioneer Days Festival on our Facebook photo page

    Experience pioneer life through heritage crafts, live music, hands-on demonstrations and old-time games and races.


    We're planning a day full of pioneer fun for the 2017 edition of Pioneer Days Festival!


    This video from TV Tacoma's CityLine tells about PDF2015

    (recorded 9/10/15, clip begins at 17:25).


    Sponsored by: DP&C, Old Town Business & Professional Assoc. and Sprague Pest Control

    Pioneer Days Festival -

    Event Vendors

    Are you a heritage craftsperson or food vendor?

    We are seeking woodworkers, quilters, weavers, knitters, basketweavers, blacksmiths, photographers, toy makers, leather workers, candle makers, folk artists, and food vendors to display and sell their creations at the 2017 Pioneer Days Festival in Tacoma's Old Town Park.


    Please complete your Vendor Application below by 7/24/17.
    Or download a .pdf version of the vendor application here.

    Accepted vendors will be notified by 7/27/17.

    Pioneer Days Festival - Vendor Requirements

    • A non-refundable $20 application fee is due at time of application. If accepted, an additional $80 is due at time of acceptance. If full vendor fee is not paid by 7/31/17, both deposit and booth space will be forfeit. Payment can be made online at or via check. Checks must be made payable to “Job Carr Cabin Museum” and mailed to P.O. Box 7609, Tacoma, WA 98417.
    • All vendors must provide a City of Tacoma Business number.
    • All vendors must supply a Certificate of Insurance which names Job Carr Cabin Museum as “additional insured.” Vendors must supply a copy of the insurance by 9/8/17.
    • Food vendors must obtain the necessary temporary food permit through Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department ( or contact Amanda Peters at, 253.798.7677). Food vendors must supply a copy of the permit prior to 9/8/17.
    • Vendors must provide a business logo (if available) and at least two (2) images of the items you will have for sale (jpg, png, gif, pdf, or zip files accepted). Food vendors must provide an image of your menu. Job Carr Cabin Museum may use these images for event marketing and promotional purposes.
    • All arts/crafts must be made by the craftsperson or artist. No imports or resale items are allowed.
    • Vendors must supply all tables, chairs and canopies for their booth. Booth spaces are 10’ x 10’ and are set up in Old Town Park. Two heritage craft vendors may share a 10’ x 10’ booth space. We recommend that you use stakes or weights to stabilize your canopy in case of wind or inclement weather.
    • Vendors must be self-sufficient. There is no electricity available for vendors.
    • Booth set-up may begin at 10am at the earliest. Booths must be set-up before the event begins at 12noon.
    • Vendors must be present at your booth during the hours of the event. It is strongly recommended that you demonstrate the process for making your items during the event.
    • No alcohol, smoking or music will be permitted in vendor booths. Please adhere to MetroPark Tacoma’s rules for Old Town Park.
    • Booths must remain active for the full event time (12noon – 4pm). Clean-up may begin at 4pm. All equipment must be removed before 6pm on 9/16/17. Vendors must remove their own garbage from the park – packaging, cardboard boxes, etc.
    • Please do not park along N 30th Street. Free street parking is available along N Carr Street and N 29th Street.

    If you have any questions, please contact or 253-627-5405.

  • Pioneer Days Festival - Vendor Application

  • "Eureka!" Breakfast

    Thank You to everyone who attended the 2016 "Eureka!" Breakfast -

    We hope you'll join us this year!


    The support of our community is fundamental to our success. All proceeds from the "Eureka!" Breakfast benefit Job Carr Cabin Museum's operating budget.

    We look forward to sharing the Cabin's story with you.


    Event Sponsors: Edward Jones Agents - Eugene Brown, Derek O'Sullivan

    and Brent Wojtanowicz

  • Santa Visits Old Town

    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Co-sponsored with Old Town Business & Professional Association

    Photos with Santa

    Our cozy cabin fireplace is the perfect setting for your keepsake Santa picture! Bring the whole family and make a memory.


    Cookies and hot chocolate provided by Old Town businesses - while supplies last.


    Bring a bag of non-perishable foods to fill our collection box for St. Leo's Food Connection

    Holiday Music

    Provided by Kitsap Carolers.

    Volunteers needed! Call the Cabin office: 253-627-5405 or contact Holly Stewart

    Sponsored by:

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