• Special Events & Programs




    2019 Events and Activities

  • Santa Visits Old Town

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

    Join us on Saturday, December 14, 2019

    10am - 1pm

    to celebrate the season at Tacoma's birthplace!

    * Santa Photos * Cookies and Cocoa

    * Holiday 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 within 1 week after the event.

    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 includes 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:

  • 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)
  • 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:

  • Book Signing with Dorothy Wilhelm

    Saturday, November 30, 1-4pm

    Dorothy Wilhelm

    Author, broadcaster, columnist

    Nearly four decades ago Dorothy Wilhelm was a widow with six children and as far as she knew, no employable skills. She could not even drive her car on the freeway.

    Today she still has six children, but everything else has changed. She is a columnist, humorist, speaker and broadcaster, she has spoken to audiences from Bangkok to Nashville.


    Dorothy hosted Beacon Award winning My Home Town on Comcast TV for a decade and Dorothy now does an internet radio broadcast on the SOB Radio network. (That stands for Spunky Old Broads. All the hosts are women over fifty.) She does Tai Chi three times a week, including Sword Form – and she drives anywhere she wants.


    Dorothy spent ten years as Creativity Expert for KIRO radio and TV in Seattle, sometimes sharing the microphone with Dave Ross who has written the Foreword for her book.

    True Tales of Puget Sound

    by Dorothy Wilhelm

    True Tales of Puget Sound has been officially named this year’s best seller for The History Press.


    Filled with warm, quirky, vignettes of the history of Puget Sound, True Tales really are, as Dorothy guarantees, stories you never heard before.


    Signed books will be available for $20, with a generous portion of the proceeds benefiting Job Carr Cabin Museum.

  • "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

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