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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

May 27

Crafts of the Past

Saturday, May 27 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.  

Each weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day a different artist will be “in-residence” at the Fort with demonstrations and displays of their work. Most will also offer guests the opportunity to try the craft themselves. Featured crafts include tatting, blacksmithing, Native American basketry, banjo making, and many more. 

Crafts of the Past is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and made possible by a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission. It is free with paid admission.

Artist Date Craft
Synthia Santos May 27 and 28 Textile Arts
Heather Kibbey  June 3 and 4 Spinning 
Ray Baker June 10 Blacksmthing
John Simpkins June 11 Blacksmithing
Patti Logan June 17 Tatting
Rich Repp July 1 and 2 Scrimshaw
Karen Haas July 8 and 9 Weaving
Judy Bridges July 15 and 16 Basketry
John Salicco July 22 and 23 Banjos and Banjo Making
Jerry Kempe July 29 and 30 Leatherworking
Steve Ricketts August 5 and 6 Tin Whistle
Kelsey Boyce August 12 and 13 Punch and Judy
Finn Posner August 19 and 20 Wood Turning
Alan Archimbault August 26 and 27 Illustration
Elise Franklin September 2, 3 and 4 Quilting