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Welcome to University Place Historical Society!

In the fall of 1999, a small group of local citizens gathered to discuss collecting information about the history of University Place. The University Place Historical Society incorporated shortly after that on January 24, 2000. Since that time members have been active in collecting and preserving the history of University Place.

One of our successes was obtaining a National Historical Registry Designation for the Curran House. While not the oldest house in University Place, it was designed by a nationally recognized architect, Robert Price, and thus worthy of preservation.


Upcoming Events:

Save the dates for upcoming programs and events for 2017!



The next meeting of UPHS will be on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm. The program following the meeting will be on Pierce County Crossroads, presented by Marianne Lincoln, who will discuss the following: 


In the early 19th Century, Lewis County, Oregon Territory encompassed all of what is now Western Washington. Starting with the settlement of Fort Nisqually and followed by an influx of Americans seeking Donation Land Claims, the South Puget Sound became a battle for ownership of the land once only inhabited by American Indians. Marianne Lincoln has been working with descendants of those early settlers and local indigenous families to learn more of their stories and the real early history of Pierce County Washington.


Unless noted, UPHS meetings are held in Suite D-2, the room adjoining the UP Museum, Windmill Village Bldg D, suite D-3 off of 37th and Bridgeport Way. This room can be entered either through the Museum or through the doors which open onto the Windmill Village Drexler St. Parking Lot.


Volunteers are always welcome!


Please contact us if you would like to help at: 


The UP History Museum is open on the first Saturday of each month from 10-2. Please note that the museum will be open the following dates in 2018: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, Duck Daze), July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6,  November 3, and December 1.


 A big thank you to all of those who supported the 2017 UPHS garden tour! $10,461.85 was raised which will help support ongoing efforts of UPHS.

The 2018 garden tour is scheduled for May 19th and 20th from 11-4.