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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 2016!


The next regular meeting of the UP Historical Society is Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm.


Unless noted, meetings are held in Suite D-2, the room adjoining the UP Museum, Windmill Village Bldg D, suite D-3 off of 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 again on the first Saturday of each month from 10-2. Please note that the museum will be open the following dates: April 2, May 7, June 4 (Duck Daze), July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3.


A message from Frank Bonaro, UPHS President

I wanted to share our great garden tour results with you, but first wanted to let everyone know the news about Ed Anderson. It is with sadness that I let you know of the passing of Ed Anderson. Ed was a force pushing us to get a museum in University Place. Ed took great pride in the work of his son with local history, and the establishment of the museum in University Place. Ed will be greatly missed. His service is at Mt. Cross on Sunday, June 12 @ 2:00.

This years garden tour was a great success due to the hard work of the garden tour committee, volunteers, Curtis high honor students, and art students, the Lions Club, Kiwanis,master gardeners, sponsors, and garden hosts! Despite the poor weather we were able to sell two more tickets than last year! The following charts shows the growth of the garden tour.

                          2012      2013      2014      2015        2016

Tickets sold           119       219        128      300        302

Revenue              2400      9143      7799   13642     11801

expenses            1572      2437      2661     2373       2949

profit                     828      6706      5534   11269       8852

Thanks to everyone for their hard work, and great results! Thanks Frank

We also received a grant of $2,500 from key bank for windows at the Curran house. We are currently looking at replacing the upstairs windows with double pane windows.We are continuing to work on creating a museum at the Curran House.

Have a great summer! 

Thanks, Frank Bonaro