"Keep The Light Shining"


Points Northeast Historical Society asked for your help, and you responded!

We are thrilled to announce that we have met our goal of $50,000 for the Community Fundraiser.  “Keep the Light Shining” Community Fundraiser is one part of our larger goal, to raise $175,000 for Lighthouse Restoration.  We applied for, and received, several grants for most of the needed funding, but it was important to involve you, the community of Browns Point Lighthouse Lovers! 

There’s no more room to list donor names on the commemorative t-shirt before printing, so that donation level is sold out!  But, there is still time for you to be a part of the Lighthouse Restoration Project, and also receive a Commemorative “Keep The Light Shining” T-shirt, plus a free 2021 membership in Points Northeast Historical Society!

Donations at the $50 level are unlimited.  You can still receive a free commemorative “Keep The Light Shining” t-shirt, and a free 2021 membership in Points Northeast Historical Society for your $50 donation!

If you don't wish to donate, but only want to renew your membership, CLICK HERE.



Donations from 185 individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses totaling $52,000 cash plus one “in-kind” donation of $10,000 value. (An in-kind donation is a non-cash gift made to a nonprofit organization, including goods, services, time, and expertise.) 
43@ $50; (Free 2021 PNEHS Membership and Commemorative T-shirt)
88@ $100;  (Name on back of Commemorative T-shirt, Free 2021 Membership, plus Free t-shirt)
4@ $500+; 
4@ $1,000+; 
8@ $2,000+
        Browns Point Improvement Club,
        Dash Point Social and Improvement Club
        Jim and Pat Harnish
        The Stensrud Family
        The Collins Family
        The Butcher Family
        Stephanie Herrmann and Soundview Properties
        Tom Smith in Memory of Pam Halsan
1@ $5,000 Souza Family in memory of Josh “Big Dog” Souza
2@ $10,000 (Title Sponsors)
       Jim Stice, Specialty Metals Corporation (in-kind donation of “cupola”)
       Dan Jenkins Family

Grants Awarded:

Port of Tacoma, $25,000 
Ben B. Cheney Foundation, $50,000 
Tacoma Landmarks Commission, $4,500

Grants Pending:
Pierce County Historical Preservation $25,000, (award nominated by 
Heritage League of Pierce County, pending approval of Pierce Co. Council)

Grant Applications:

Tote Marine – in progress, $25,000 to $30,000 (to be awarded in fall, if we are approved)


Cottage Rentals to Resume June 1, 2021!

We are happy to announce that the Lightkeeper’s Cottage at Browns Point Lighthouse Park will again be available for short-term (vacation) rentals, starting June 1, 2021!  For information and details on renting our historic three-bedroom cottage, please go to VRBO or Airbnb websites and search "Browns Point Lighthouse."  The calendar is filling up quickly for this popular waterfront destination.  Book your vacation stay now!


"New" Antiques

Beautiful antique furnishings were recently donated by PNEHS Board Member and Past President Neil Hanson.  We are very excited to refresh the displays and furniture in the cottage and create a historical vignette in the recently restored Generator Building! Among the "new" antiques for the cottage is a lovely vintage oval oak table with matching chairs, a large bookcase with a complete collection of "Tom Swift" books, two wash stands, vintage library table, oak office chair, and many other lovely treasures.


Thank you Neil and Karen Hanson!

PNEHS Museums and Public Tours Remain Closed Through 2021

Out of an abundance of caution, to protect the public, our docents, and other volunteers, the PNEHS Board of Directors has chosen to keep our Museums closed through this year.  Public Tours of the Historic Browns Point Light Station buildings will resume in May, 2022.  Depending on the cottage rental schedule, you may arrange a private tour for your special group.  For details, please call Nancy Bess, 360-876-5110.

Watch for Special Outdoor Events!

Outdoor events and a special celebration for National Lighthouse Day and the Browns Point Lighthouse Restoration are being explored for late summer. Stay tuned!

How can I help?

Thank you for asking!

Points Northeast Historical Society is self-supporting, receiving NO funding from the US Coast Guard, taxes of any local, state, or federal entities.

Here is how you can help:

  • Become a member - HERE

  • Make a donation to our General Fund or Lighthouse Restoration - HERE

Stay safe, and stay tuned!  We are working for you!  Join us!

Nancy Bess, President

Lighthouse Park & Points NE Historic

Lighthouse Park & Points NE Historic

Present Browns Point Lighthouse 1933

Present Browns Point Lighthouse 1933

First Browns Point Lighthouse 1903

First Browns Point Lighthouse 1903

Dash Point Dock Today

Dash Point Dock Today

Dash Point Dock 1917

Dash Point Dock 1917

Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Today

Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Today

Airstrip in Undeveloped NE Tacoma

Airstrip in Undeveloped NE Tacoma

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Find out about local events in our community and keep Browns Point, Dash Point and NE Tacoma history alive.

From clam bakes to a fantastic Christmas party, you'll meet your neighbors and have a good time.

Learn about the various facilities which are part of the Points Northeast Historical Society. From the Cottage Museum, to the Bell House, the Boat House, the lighthouse & the Research Center, there’s plenty to discover.

Membership in Points Northeast Historical Society helps to fund the exhibits and restoration of historical facilities. As a member you can have fun volunteering on projects that will having last impact by preserving the history of the community.

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