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"Points Northeast" refers to an area of Pierce County, WA, on Puget Sound across Commencement Bay from downtown Tacoma


It includes the areas of Browns Point, Dash Point, and Northeast Tacoma

Points Northeast Historical Society depends on its members to preserve, promote and celebrate the history of Browns Point, Dash Point, and Northeast Tacoma.


If you wish to become a new member or renew your current membership, please see the sign-up options and information below, including pricing. Thank you for your interest!


Sign-up as a new member or renew your existing membership using your PayPal account or a credit card.


To become a member, download, print and fill out the  membership form and mail to the address on form.


If you have further questions, feel free to message us via our Contact Form. We are happy to hear from you!

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Membership in Points Northeast Historical Society helps in the work of preserving the history of the area in several ways. Fees have helped to fund the exhibits and restoration of historical facilities at Browns Point Lighthouse Park and Dash Point School where exhibits, documents, and artifacts are housed and open to the public.  They also finance the Society’s activities such as speakers at the Annual Meeting, Holiday Tea, Garden Party.

The number of members helps when applying for grants because funding agencies are impressed by the total number of members.

A membership provides you with a newsletter and updates about special events and is a requirement for renting the lightkeepers cottage. In addition as a member you can have fun volunteering on projects that will having lasting impact on the history of the community.

Membership Fees: Individual – $15.00, Family – $25.00,Senior (60+) – $10.00, Student – $10.00,Sponsor – $50.00,Benefactor – $75.00,Patron – $100.00, Business or Community organization -$100


Life Membership is a special category for those who want to make a long-term commitment as members but want to avoid an annual renewal process.  All proceeds from this membership goes into the Endowment fund, which now totals over $20,000.  You can become a members of this unique category: Seniors (60+) $300 and others $500. 




In addition to membership fees and grants another funding source comes from donations, cash or in-kind, which can be given in someone’s name (Memorials) and directed to specific needs like the endowment fund, educational programs, restoration projects or simply open-ended.

Artifact Donations:  Most of the antiques (furnishings for Cottage) and artifacts our museums have been donated.  If you have some items (especially from 1910-1930 era) including documents photographs, publications  please contact us (253-927-2536) and we will evaluate whether we can use it in our collection.  See accession form:

Endowment Fund was established to attract funds for investment in the future.  All Life Membership fees, special directed or unspecified donations, and transfers from estate and wills go into this fund.  Only earnings, not the principle, can be accesed and only after the fund totals over $100,000. For information on how to donate: or 253-927-2536

Gift Shop:

A variety of items are for sale in the Cottage History Museum Gift Shop which can be accessed during visiting hours or during special events at the cottage, at various community events, or by leaving a message at 253-927-2536. Soon we hope to be able to offer items online. Among the items available are: greeting cards with scenes from local area; Christmas cards; PNEHS hats, pins, bags, and books.


PNEHS depends on volunteers to carryout its mission. There are opportunities in several areas and for varying amounts of time—from one-time or occasional tasks for a few hours to longer commitments as officers, board members, or serving on committees. We offer opportunities for students or businesses to participate in community service. Volunteers can put their skills and interest to work or learn new skills plus getting to know other people and learning more about the community.

It’s a fun and rewarding experience.


Examples of specific needs include: cottage rental management and hospitality tasks, handy-man tasks (restoration projects, painting), education programs (training as docents- guides in museum, help with student field trips), exhibit development, marketing, website management, newsletter production, photography, gift shop sales, staffing special events, grant writing, filing, computer input.


Grants, funding from Metro Parks Tacoma, and PNEHS matching funds and volunteer labor are the primary sources for restoration, maintenance, and program projects. In the recent past we have funded the following major projects:


  • 1986 First seed money, $2000, from Browns Point Improvement Club

  • 1989 Historical marker signs (BP, DP) from State Transportation Department

  • 1990 Exterior restoration of Cottage and Boat House, US Coast Guard funds

  • 1991 Renovation of Crew Quarters into Research Center, DPSIC funds

  • 1993 Building of replica Surfboat, community fundraisers

  • 2002 Park informational signs, Pierce Co visitor tax grants

  • 2006 Restored cottage windows, chimney, furnace, Wash Historical Society Grant and others $100,000

  • 2007 Restored cottage interior woodwork, Pierce Co Landmarks grant, $1700

  • 2008 Installed security system, exterior lighting, restored boathouse doors, grant from Pierce County, $6.325

  • 2008 Repainted Cottage and other buildings, Metro Parks & PNEHS volunteers

  • 2010 Restored boathouse windows install security windwo covers. Lighthouse License Plate grant, $5,000

  • 2010 Replaced cottage fence, Metro Parks material & PNEHS labor. Installed irrigation system, Dash Point Garden Club & Metro Parks funds, $2000

  • 2011 Replaced roofs on all buildings, License Plate grant, $10,000 & Metro Park funds, $50,000

  • 2012 Replaced cottage back porch, Lighthouse License Plate grant, $1750

  • 2013 Marketing Grant for website, brochures, video PC Tourism Tax grant, $6,000

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