Celebrating Old Town’s Croatian Heritage

Beginning in the 1880’s Croatian immigrants began arriving in Old Town Tacoma. Most of the Croatians who came to Pierce County were from the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, known as the Dalmatian Coast – the islands of Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Brač, and Šolta. They were seafaring people who had left their homeland because of economic and political problems brought on by pressures from Austro-Hungary, then ruled by the Hapsburg regime. Having heard from others who had made their journey to America, many set their sights on making Washington and the shores of Puget Sound – known to resemble their Adriatic homeland – their destination. And with them they brought their trades of boat building and commercial fishing. MORE >

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In the heart of Tacoma’s Old Town District, the Slavonian Hall is an affordable and unique venue. The charm of Old Town and the Historic Slavonian Hall provide the perfect location to host your special celebration. MORE >