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Special Exhibits

Favorite Things
November 29, 2014 – March 15, 2015

An intricately woven Native American blanket, a shimmering silk bonnet, and a powderhorn with amateur scrimshaw all have a story to tell.

The beautiful, the unusual, and the ordinary come together in this exhibit of objects from the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s permanent collection.  "Favorite Things" will be on display through March 15, 2015.

A highlight of the exhibit is a Chilkat blanket from the 1800s, made by the Tlingit people of the Northwest Coast. William Tolmie, the Fort’s manager, studied and collected material from tribes in the Pacific Northwest. A Tlingit basket he collected resides today in the Smithsonian Institution. Though this blanket was not collected by him, it represents his interest in and study of the cultures of the Northwest Coast.

Information about all the objects on exhibit is accessible through the Fort’s newly available on-line catalog. The catalog currently includes 101 objects from the collection, with more added on a regular basis.

Read more about the online catalog.


Across the Pond: The Voyage of a Beaver Pelt     
March 21 – July 19, 2015  

Beaver pelts were at the center of the fur trade, and the reason Fort Nisqually was established. Where did the pelts come from? How did they get here? Where did they go? Join the journey in this family-friendly exhibit. Meet the people and explore the modes of transportation involved in getting these valuable furs to market.