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Tacoma Community History Projects: 2009

A guide to oral history projects compiled by students in Professor Mike Honey's "Doing Community History" course. Projects date from 1991.

Project Descriptions

Women and Tacoma’s Civil Rights Movement: Mrs. Bil Moss – Call # 2009#04

No abstract available. -Kristin Walker

Urban Native Americas: A Tacoma Story an Interview with Joan Staples – Call # 2009#03

No abstract available. -Angela Ruber

Anna Carr: Tacoma’s First Female African American Bus Driver – Call # 2009#01

No abstract available. -Autumn Darms

Dawn Lucien: Civic Pride and the Ebb and Flow of Tacoma’s Development – Call # 2009#02

One of Tacoma’s most respected and experienced civic activists has witnessed the ebb and flow of success resultant from attempts to apply policy and zoning orders to seed economic activity. Dawn Lucien is a life-long political advocate and tireless champion of the city of Tacoma. Three of the many watermark projects she has worked on provide insight into the varying degrees of success. These include the damage done to the downtown merchants when land was rezoned to accommodate the Tacoma mall in the early 1960s, the beginnings of a renaissance and revitalization of the Broadway district with the renovation of the historic Pantages Theater in the 1980s, and the dramatic and positive changes along Pacific Avenue and the downtown core brought by the location of a University of Washington, branch campus in Tacoma. Dawn Lucien has been an ever-present participant in public policy and a seeker of economic development. Her efforts are intertwined throughout these projects during the decades in which they developed. –Andrew Fry