There is a new book on the historic town of Steilacoom written by a local author, Sunny Pepin, in cooperation with the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. The book, a pictorial history of the town and its inhabitants over the years, was based on photos and information shared by the Museum's archive library curator, Joan Curtis, and the personal collection of Milt and Sue Davidson.
Pepin lives on Anderson Island and has traveled through Steilacoom for years. Realizing the community was the first incorporated town in the state stimulated her interest in local history, resulting in the book.
Pepin will sign copies of the book at the Steilacoom Historical Museum, June 28 from 11am – 3 pm. A portion of the proceeds from books sold during the signing session will benefit the museum.
Beginning with the history of Steilacoom's founders, Lafayette Balch and John Chapman, the book covers the early pioneer town to it's present day status as a small, scenic community on the shores of Puget Sound. The book is loaded with photos and works well as a companion to “Town on the Sound,” a history book produced earlier by the museum covering the town’s history and its colorful characters from the past. Both books are available at the Museum Store and will be available at the store booth at the Fourth of July street fair.
The images of America series produced by Arcadia Press, celebrates the preservation of local history. Using archival photographs, each title presents the unique stories that have shaped neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Books on Lakewood, Old Tacoma, the Mosquito Fleet and the Nisqually Indian Tribe are also available at the Steilacoom Museum Store.
Call the Steilacoom Museum at 253-584-4133 for more information.