McKinley History Project

Help Document What Makes the McKinley Neighborhood the McKinley Neighborhood

Beginning February 24, 2021, Historic Tacoma in partnership with the City of Tacoma will begin documenting the McKinley Neighborhood’s history and architecture.

The McKinley History Project is funded through grants from Tacoma Creates, the National Park Service and the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The purpose of the project is to collect stories, research historic buildings and document the history of the people and places in the neighborhood.

Community members can participate in the project by taking the survey about why McKinley matters to them and help update the City’s inventory of historic resources. The project also includes five virtual workshops that are open to the community to attend.

Virtual Workshop Schedule

  • February 26, 2021 - Project Kickoff and Virtual Tour with Pretty Gritty Tours
  • March 22, 2021 - How to do historical research, especially in a pandemic!
  • April 2021 - What is a historic survey and why does it matter?
  • May 2021 - All the details on what it means to be a landmark.
  • June 2021 - Project wrap-up and overview of historic survey.

More information about the project, the survey and the workshops is available at