Ashes to Archives: The 1900 Fire at Memorial Field

  • April 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Northwest Maritime Center Meeting Room

    431 Water Street
    Port Townsend, Washington 98368
Ticket Price $0.00-$12.00 Register Now

Join us for an enlightening evening as the Jefferson County Historical Society presents From Ashes to Archives: New Research about the 1900 Fire at Memorial Field, hosted at the Northwest Maritime Center.


Delve into the rich history of the area now known as Memorial Field. At the turn of the last century, this vibrant neighborhood was a cultural and economic hub in Port Townsend, home to many Chinese and Chinese American residents and businesses, among others. On September 24, 1900, a devastating fire ravaged the area, essentially leveling the city block and disrupting countless lives.


At this event, Ruth Kodish-Eskind (Diversity in Local History Intern at JCHS) will share exciting new research, shedding light on:


- Specific businesses that were operating on that block at the time of the fire.

- Details about the lives of four neighborhood residents before and after the fire.

- Current understandings about how the fire may have started that challenge previously held beliefs.

- Lasting impacts of the fire on the business and residential district.

- Intricacies of the research process.


In addition to the presentation, JCHS staff will be sharing many of the primary source materials utilized in this research project, including maps, newspaper articles, census records, photographs, and more. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the archive and collection materials used to piece together details of this historic event.


Ruth Kodish-Eskind is a recent graduate of the Evergreen State College and has been working with JCHS for the past year. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this discussion.


Event Details:

· Date: Saturday, April 20th

· Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

· Location: Northwest Maritime Center Meeting Room 


Admission: Suggested donation of $12 for non-members and $9 for members. Pre-registration strongly encouraged.


JCHS Mission: Through collections, research, exhibits, and programs, we bring people together to share, learn, and be inspired by Jefferson County arts and heritage. Learn more at 

Date & Time

Sat, Apr 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Northwest Maritime Center Meeting Room

431 Water Street
Port Townsend, Washington 98368 Northwest Maritime Center Meeting Room
Jefferson County Historical Society

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