• Special Events & Programs




    2019 Events and Activities

  • Seasonal Closures

    Please note the Museum is closed on the following dates:

    • November 28 and 29, 2019
    • December 25, 2019
    • January 1 - January 31, 2020 (by appointment only)
  • Living History with Karen Haas

    Thursday, February 20, ?pm

    Living History Event

    Thursday, February 20


    Old St Peter's Church

    2910 N Starr St, Tacoma

    Join us for a special presentation at Tacoma's Old St Peter's Church.


    The church was built in 1873 and is a registered historic landmark. It holds the distinction as the oldest existing building constructed in Tacoma.


    Tickets are available for $5 per person with proceeds benefiting Job Carr Cabin Museum. Space is limited.



    Karen Haas

    Bringing history and stories to life

    Karen Haas enjoys both telling in modern times and bringing the past to life with living history presentations. Her effervescent style engages emotions, from the sublime to the ridiculous, in audiences both young and old.
    A former Teacher and Museum Curator of Education, Karen is one of the founders and organizers of the annual Tacoma Living History Cemetery Tour. She can often be found bringing the past to life at Northwest historic sites such as Job Carr Cabin Museum, Champoeg State Heritage Area, Fort Nisqually, and San Juan Islands National Historic Park. Her living history presentations have been featured at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Fort Clatsop, and the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. She feels especially rewarded telling the tales of those whose voices are usually silent in history -- women.
      She firmly believes that our stories tell who we are, where we've come from, and where we're going.
  • Craft Saturdays

    Drop by the Cabin for fun arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 3-9 and their families.

    2020 dates to be announced in January.

    Details available on our Facebook events page.

    Sponsored by:

  • Old Town History Walks

    Guided monthly walks, Saturday mornings, June - September

    Schedule a guided group tour of Old Town Tacoma.


    We invite your civic organization, senior club, or tourism group to explore Tacoma history with our friendly guides. We’ll visit Old Town Tacoma’s historic sites and share tales about the people who lived here as the city was just starting. We can explore the neighborhood on foot or aboard your group tour bus.


    We offer several variations including Tacoma firsts, Tacoma women, Old Town's historic homes, or Migration and immigration.


    To schedule a visit for your group of 8+, contact us by email or at 253-627-5405.

    Find out more about our school tours for students.

    Explore the history of the Old Town Tacoma neighborhood with our summer guided walking tours. Our 2019 history walk series featured four unique themes and routes

    (June - September)


    • There is one guided tour each month, June-Sept
    • 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.

    Thank you to our 2019 Sponsor:

  • Storytime

    Stories, games and crafts for kids ages 3-9 and their families

    Gingerbread Storytime

    Friday, December 6 at 11am

    Who can resist the smell of gingerbread? Join us on 12/6 for gingerbread stories and activities designed for children ages 3+ and their families.

    Summer Storytime at the Cabin

    Fridays, 11am-12noon

    June 28 - August 30, 2019

    Thank you for joining our amazing guest storytellers for fun stories, games and crafts

    designed for kids ages 3-9 and their families.

    Pioneer Storytime at Tacoma Public Libraries

    We returned to visit all 8 branches of the Tacoma Public Library in Summer 2019

    for a special pioneer storytime.

    Want to know more about Summer Storytime?

    Read this 6/29/16 review by ExperienceTacoma.com


    Thank You to our 2019 Sponsor:

  • "Eureka!" Breakfast

    Living Tacoma History

    2019 "Eureka!" Breakfast was October 17, 2019


    Thank you for joining us at this annual event!

    Our annual "Eureka!" Breakfast at Cheney Stadium Summit Club featured keynote speaker Dorothy Wilhelm!


    Signature Sponsor:

    Edward Jones Agents -

    Micky DuMont

    Derek O'Sullivan

    Eugene Brown and

    Brent Wojtanowicz

    Micky DuMont

    Eugene Brown

    Derek O'Sullivan and

    Brent Wojtanowicz

    Signature Sponsor

    2019 Eureka! Breakfast Sponsors

  • Santa Visits Old Town

    Saturday, December 14 ~ 10am-1pm
    Sponsored by Connelly Law Offices

    Thank you for joining us to celebrate the season on Saturday, December 14, 2019

    10am - 1pm

    We look forward to hosting this community event again in December 2020!

    * Santa Photos * Cookies and Cocoa

    * Local Choirs * Children's Crafts

    Refreshments available while supplies last

    Food Connection

    Please bring a donation of non-perishable foods to fill our collection box for Food Connection.

    Recommended items include: baby food and infant formula, as well as canned proteins, soups, fruits and vegetables.

    The St. Leo Food Connection has been a consistent source of nutritious food and caring for people in need throughout Pierce County since it began in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood in 1982.

    Digital Photos with Santa

    Provided by Lena Porter at Salt and Ink Photo.

    Available for free download with email address.

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

    Holiday Choirs

    Our 2019 event included four local choral groups.
    Thanks for joining us for these special performances in Old Town Park.

    Volunteers needed! Contact our Program Manager for more information

    Learn more about the Santa Visits Old Town event

    in this 2018 segment from City Line on TV Tacoma.

    Sponsored by:

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