December 6, 2019
A forgotten Swiss immigrant farmer was the first settler on Herron Island.


July 1, 2019
The dream of restoring the historic Vaughn Library Hall is becoming reality.


May 1, 2019
Delano Bay was home to a historic resort for many decades.


March 1, 2019
A new exhibit covers the McNeil prison’s nearly 140-year history in the context of state and national issues.


March 1, 2019
Our neighboring prison island has a complicated past and uncertain future.


October 1, 2018
Charlie Sehmel looks back at his logging days on Herron Island.


October 1, 2018
A bird's-eye view of the history of Herron Island.


April 1, 2018
Just over 90 years ago, Jan. 8, 1927, electricity flowed for the first time on the west side of the Tacoma Narrows.


April 1, 2018
Interviews with early Pen Light customers, from the company's archives.


April 1, 2018
Historian Michael Hemp researched the role of Puget Sound in the work of pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts.


February 1, 2018
Is it Whiteman Cove Road or Whitman Road?


January 1, 2018
Blood and soil.


December 1, 2017
Pierce County Council voted unanimously to add the Vaughn Library Hall to the official Register of Historic Places in Pierce County.


November 1, 2017
Gateway Park was formed from several different properties totaling 72 acres.


November 1, 2017
The First Armistice Day.


September 1, 2017
The German Lutheran Cemetery of Longbranch is off the beaten path.


January 29, 2017
A new exhibit called “Then and Now” opens at the Key Peninsula museum at the civic center Feb. 4, 1 to 4 p.m.


January 1, 2017
In 1884, Horace Knapp bought 19 acres from Isaac Hawks on the east side of Burley Lagoon for $23.75 and turned it into a town site to encourage settlement.


October 29, 2016
The Key Peninsula Historical Society now owns the old Vaughn Library on Hall Road, the first and last remaining meeting hall built on the KP at the end of the 19th century.


October 29, 2016
Physical addresses and postal confusion have been troublesome on the Key Peninsula for years.


July 30, 2016
Key Center, now with over 30 businesses, professional services and organizations, began with the ideas of two men—Alden Visell and Elmer Olson—more than 85 years ago.


July 2, 2016
The story of Colvos Passage.


July 2, 2016
Marge Summerfelt of Vaughn recently became the first lifetime member of the Key Peninsula Historical Society with a single donation of $1,000.


June 27, 2016
On May 15th, 1841 the Charles Wilkes expedition identified Gig Harbor as the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula after establishing with their survey gig, the Porpoise, that the bay was too small for a ship but just right for a gig.


May 2, 2016
At their annual meeting March 19, the Key Peninsula Historical Society voted to accept donation and undertake preservation of the last remaining historic community meeting hall on the KP.


February 26, 2016
The Key Peninsula Historical Society (KPHS) museum, located at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn, plans an El Sombrero dinner for members and friends and all others interested March 7, 5-9 p.m.


February 3, 2016
"Be Our Guest, featuring Historic Hotels and Resorts of the Key Peninsula," announces Judy Mills, Key Peninsula Historical Society president.


November 2, 2015
The Key Peninsula Historical Society (KPHS) and current owners of the former Vaughn Library Hall are pursuing possible preservation of one of the last remaining pre-1900 buildings on the Key Peninsula.


October 5, 2015
For all those interested in local history, the long wait is finally over.


July 31, 2015
The KP Historical Society is preparing for many free events open to the public to take place this month.


July 31, 2015
On Aug. 4, the Pierce County Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission will hold an informational meeting for area residents about the Key Peninsula Archaeological Survey to take place in Delano, Mayo and Von Geldern coves.


June 26, 2015
As the local communities developed on the Key Peninsula, people wanted a place for meetings and social gatherings. Community halls were built to serve many functions.


May 29, 2015
As the local communities developed, people wanted a place for meetings and social gatherings. Community halls were built to serve many functions.


May 10, 2015
An “artifact day,” where archaeologists from the Burke Museum and Statistical Research Inc. (SRI) identified ancient bones, tools and other very old stuff brought in by local residents, was held at the Key Center Library on March 21.


May 10, 2015
U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer recently presented Key Peninsula resident Butch Long with numerous medals, including the Purple Heart, 45 years after he was wounded in Vietnam.


April 10, 2015
Archaeologists from Seattle’s world-famous Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will be on the Key Peninsula on March 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.


March 30, 2015
The earliest settlers on the Key Peninsula were single men. By the 1870s, families arrived and children needed schooling.


January 31, 2015
“One of the primary goals of the Key Peninsula Historical Society is to share the history of the Key with our community,”says current program coordinator Christine Anderson.


September 3, 2014
What’s in the future for McNeil Island?


May 29, 2014
On May 6, Vaughn Elementary School fourth graders got a chance to travel back in time to 1901.


May 29, 2014
The display case in the VFW room at the KP Historical Society Museum holds a new exhibit of military uniforms, photos, stories and memorabilia of some KP veterans.


January 2, 2014
Ten years ago, Angel Guild donated a bench to Key Peninsula Parks in celebration of the guild’s 25th anniversary.


October 31, 2013
Gail Alscott, whose ancestors in Vaughn include a great-grandfather who operated a store and his father who was a practicing physician, has a house in Home with husband David, who also has roots on the Key Peninsula.


September 27, 2013
The history of huckleberry harvesting on the Key will be presented by the KP Historical Society at Gateway Park during the KP Farm Tour on Oct. 5.


June 28, 2013
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series “Gig Harbor” was the brainchild of Longbranch resident Donald R. Tjossem.


May 29, 2013
What began as a reading assignment for language arts students at Key Peninsula Middle School has become a pair of entries in a statewide contest to remember the Holocaust.


February 13, 2013
Six generations to call Vaughn home.


February 12, 2013
The Pleiades, a replica of an 1830 Eastport Pinky Schooner, set sail from Olympia to Longbranch this summer carrying organic produce from Olympia famers as well as a few passengers.


January 31, 2013
Stephen Baldwin lives and breathes airplanes.


June 1, 2011
A team of four Gig Harbor Firefighters traveled to New York to receive a piece of the World Trade Center, and returned with it on Memorial Day.


March 1, 2009
Ohlson family enjoyed unique summer homes.


July 1, 2008
Dennis Erickson watched with pride while a crane lifted a F-16A fighter jet onto a custom-designed cement display pedestal he crafted.


November 1, 2007
Situated in a serene surrounding on a hillside overlooking quiet Glen Cove is the Olde Glencove Hotel, established in 1896.


June 1, 2007
Local writer Colleen Slater is the author of a new book titled "The Key Peninsula."


April 1, 2007
Denise and Michael Hays envision the new mercantile as a destination both for boaters mooring at the marina, and for local residents.


April 1, 2007
Kerry Jamieson’s roots reach back four and five generations.


March 1, 2007
A petroglyph of unknown origin graces one of Key Peninsula's beaches, one of only a handful such petroglyphs in the Puget Sound area.


January 1, 2007
The Key Peninsula had no officials doctors until the late-1880s, and only a handful of rural practices since then.


January 1, 2007
Vaughn Community Church, a local landmark with beautiful waterfront views, will be used as a family retreat.


November 1, 2006
Russ Schillinger’s roots started on a farm in Victor, where he continues to live today with his wife, Patti.


October 1, 2006
The Johnson family has called the Key Peninsula home for three generations, running farming, logging and bulldozing operations.


August 5, 2006
Nancy Rodman, a former television and movie actress, lives in Mexico City but maintains ties with her Vaughn childhood.


July 1, 2006
Siblings Bob and Marthann recall their upbringing on the Key Pen --during the days when going to the movies cost 10 cents and the popcorn another 5.


September 1, 2005
Old-timer Helen Skahan recalls the days of growing up near the site of Brookside Restaurant and raising her family near the Minter Creek fish hatchery.


June 1, 2005
The granddaughter of Key Peninsula homesteaders recalls memories of growing up on a farm in the 1930s.


August 1, 2004
Martha Jolley, the oldest of three “pioneer stock” children raised on Rocky Bay, shares childhood memories.


July 1, 2004
A Midwest couple settles on the Key Pen, where new generations grow extensive family roots.


July 1, 2004
Department of Transportation Regional Director Randy Haim, Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Resource Center Director Garry Schalliol, Sen. Bob Oke, and Rep. Pat Lantz attended the third Wauna town meeting that focused on traffic and safety issues as well as the restoration of the old Wauna Post Office building.


May 1, 2004
Dick Radonich grew up on McNeil Island but when he was 16, the federal government made his family move from their homestead.


March 1, 2004
Hans Quistorff recalls living in a “cracker house” on the beach at Wauna, and believes it may still be there covered by brush. Although now living at Lake of the Woods, his roots are in the Wauna area and its rich history.


February 1, 2004
Ann Craven’s great-grandparents, Carl and Louise Lorenz, migrated from Germany in 1872, lived in Orting, and moved to Lakebay in 1883.


January 1, 2004
Local couple Chuck and Sharon West yearlong labor of love has miraculous results.


December 1, 2003
Part 2 of "When the Montanans invaded" reveals the current day location of the Lewis Lake community.