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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? This family-friendly exhibit is a kid-sized view of Fort Nisqually's fur trade heritage. Children and their parents can trace the journey of a fur pelt from the hands of the trapper to Fort Nisqually and through to England. Meet trappers, Company officers, and sea captains as you travel along the transportation routes of Hudson's Bay Company. 

There are fun hands-on activities too. Kids can pack a horse, load the steamship Beaver, and make their own top hat. A scavenger hunt leads to a discovery of the trade items on display throughout the fort.