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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fife Historical Society Is Looking for World War II Memorabilia With Local Connections

World War II memorabilia is being sought by a local museum in connection with an upcoming exhibit on how residents of Fife, WA coped with the war on the homefront and overseas during the 1940's according to a posting on the organization's page September 5, 2012 on the social network Facebook.

Above: In addition to objects and artifacts, the museum displays documents, books and newspaper clippings from Fife's past to inform, educate and entertain visitors and community members of all ages.

The Fife History Museum is located a few miles south of the Pierce-King County line off I-5 at the 54th Street Exit in the northwestern corner of Pierce County. The museum is located directly across the street from Columbia Junior High School and inside the former residence of Louis Dacca, a member of the original Fife City Council, at 2820 54th Avenue East.  It is run and operated by volunteers from the Fife Historical Society, a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Above: Early area residents hailed from several major ethnic communities including Swiss, Italian, Japanese and Scandinavian communities.

The Dacca family home was renovated to serve as a history museum. and was acquired by the City of Fife along with an adjoining parcel in 2000. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, publish and exhibit materials about Fife and ensure that the history of Fife and the surrounding area is accessible and kept alive providing  for present and future generations a valuable record of the various histories of its people.

Above: Early occupations pursued by Fife residents included logging, dairy farming and other forms of agriculture.

Current exhibits include Logging in Western Washington, Cultures of Fife and the Little Fife Schoolhouse.  Museum hours are Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday through Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

While the mission of a history museum is rooted in the past, society volunteers actively engage modern methods of marketing and communication to assist ardent fans of local history and first-time visitors alike to offer direct and personal access to a rich legacy of history that they share with other members of the greater Fife community.

Follow this link to the website of the Fife Historical Society. For more information on guided museum tours please call Louise Hospenthal at (253) 896-2593.

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