Restore and preserve early 20th century posters that glimpse a moment in our region’s history.

About the Project

Ephemera--papers that were meant to "last but for a day," like posters, ticket stubs, playbills, and more--can tell the story of our past in a unique and irreplicable way.  The Historical Society seeks to save three key pieces of ephemera that give us a glimpse into the history, events, design aesthetic, and locations that figured prominently in Tacoma's past. While ephemera may have only been printed to live through its usefulness, we know that these posters and other papers in our collections, have historic significance and help tell the story of our region.  You can play a direct role in historic preservation by giving today to save these posters, and in so doing, save our stories!

Our project budget of $5,000.00 will be expended on

 - $3,500.00 - The services of Alice Bear, Seattle-based conservator who has worked extensively with museums and historical societies throughout our region.  In her project estimate, Ms. Bear notes that her specific work to be performed includes dry cleaning, removing residue, lining to support paper, flattening and deacidifying the paper as possible, and generally repairing and reinforcing these paper items for their continued use by the Historical Society and our diverse audiences of scholars, students, exhibit curators, and other audiences.

 - $900.00 - project staff

 - $350.00 - administrative fee for power2give Puget Soumd

 - $250.00 - project supplies

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 Donate to the Washington State Historical Society today, and Save Our Stories!





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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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$4,630.46 of $5,000 goal ⋅ ended 1158 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    Receive art postcards suitable for framing that show the "before" and "after" of one of the posters you have restored.
    (31 of 40 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    In addition to the art cards noted above, receive an invitation to a party at the Washington State Historic Research Center to view and celebrate the completed, restored posters.
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    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    In addition to the art cards and invitation to our Celebration/Viewing Party, come early for an exclusive chat with renowned conservator Alice Bear to learn more about her work on this project and with institutions nationally, and challenges and rewards she faces in paper preservation.
    (13 of 15 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    When you give $250 or more, you will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive, “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Research Center (where the Historical Society's entire collections live), including not only posters & ephemera but also our impressive Native American basket collection, the art room, and maps.
    (2 of 5 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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$4,630.46 of $5,000 goal ⋅ ended 1158 days ago

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