April 1, 2020


To our members and friends of Points Northeast Historical Society,


These extraordinary times have presented great challenges to our daily lives, and to the operations of Points Northeast Historical Society.  Since public gatherings are prohibited at this time, our Board of Directors cannot meet to conduct business.  The Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Co-Secretaries, and Curator) have taken steps to meet electronically in order to keep astride the ever-changing conditions.


All reservations to rent the Cottage have been cancelled through May, and the renters have been given a full refund, in compliance with Airbnb and VRBO policy.  Future rentals are suspended until further notice. 


Metro Parks Tacoma has officially closed the Lighthouse Park and all other parks through the end of April, including Dash Point Dock.  The cottage and other buildings on the Browns Point Light Station site are closed until the state of emergency has been lifted.  Docent Training and Cottage Tours (public and private) are cancelled, all events including 4th Grade Field Trips are cancelled. All volunteer activities at the Lighthouse Park are cancelled, with the exception that one volunteer gardener will be permitted for “maintenance only” in the cottage gardens, per Metro Parks Tacoma.  No new plantings will be allowed at this time.


We will continue to reach out via Mail Chimp, Facebook, and our PNEHS website, to keep you, our members, our friends, and our community, up-to-date, and to assure you that we are still here, working for the Historical Society on your behalf.  

Best Regards,

Nancy Bess

President, Points Northeast Historical Society

In Memoriam

Pam Halsan

Pamela Halsan, 77, passed away at her home in Browns Point on January 19th. She was born in 1943 in Tacoma to Beverly and Glen More. She is survived by her mother, sisters Susan Myers (Stephen) and Wendy Jenne (Greg), four children, Christopher (Rachel), Carl (Melanie), Curt (Margaret), and Craig (Tina), and seven grandchildren Anthony, Davis, Matthew, Angela, Stanley, Hunter, and Ella.

When Pam Halsan moved back to the area six years ago, she brought with her childhood memories of the Browns Point neighborhood where she grew up but also years of experience and a vast array of connections to people and organizations throughout the Northwest.


After joining Points Northeast Historical Society, she assisted curator Mavis Stears and eventually stepped in to take over the job when Mavis retired.


She was an eager learner and became an indispensable participant in several areas of the PNEHS activities including the mammoth  task as keeper of archives, director of the history museum, and producer of exhibits, organizer of a library, assistant sales director,  a regular volunteer as a Saturday docent, and liaison to several local organizations


As an organization, we will miss her talents, her creative energy, and dedication to the mission of Points Northeast Historical Society.  But to many more people in the local community and beyond she will be missed for her friendship and service to others.


A celebration of life service will be scheduled in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Pam's honor to the Points Northeast Historical Society.

(Writing credits to The Tacoma News Tribune and Points Northeast Historical Society Members.)

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