The Flett Family's Northwest Saga
December 1 - April 14, 2013
Ellen Flett, John’s wife, presents a fascinating glimpse into the lives of pioneering women who endured continual hardships but ultimately settled into a life of comfort and refinement. Ellen outlived John by many years and some of the artifacts shown in this exhibit relate to her long years of widowhood.
The Flett name continued in the history of south Puget Sound as their descendants founded the Flett Dairy, a Pierce County business that was in operation until 1994.
Featuring family photographs and possessions that reflect this family’s hardships, growing stability and comfort in a new land, the Flett family is an example and an essential part of the history of Pierce County. Their story is one we can all share and take pride in.
April 27 to August 4, 2013
With just a handful of tools, the laborers of Fort Nisqually constructed substantial buildings in the wilderness, without the benefit of sawn boards. Long-time Fort Nisqually clerk Edward Huggins remarked that the result was, “a good piece of work done with the axe.”
Fascinating examples of 19th century woodworking tools, such as axes, adzes, hand saws, augers, froes and mallets, are featured in the exhibit. The men of the Fort used this small assortment to shape square timbers and build the Granary.
“Post-in-Sill” was the favored construction method of the men of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The finished product was more weathertight and finished looking than a traditional log cabin. The exhibit illustrates how post-in-sill differed from the other construction styles of the mid-19th century.
The Fort’s Granary is one of oldest standing buildings in the Puget Sound area, and is a National Historic Landmark. The exhibit serves to kick off a restoration project of the Granary scheduled for later this year. For more on the restoration, visit www.fortnisquallyfoundation.org/capital-campaign.
Escape, Intrigue and a Shot of Whisky
August 10 to December 1, 2013
22 year old John McLeod escaped from the Isle of Lewis, assuming he was wanted for murder. By the time he died at the age of 89 in 1905, he was the patriarch of a large Pierce County family that included fur traders, American settlers and Native Americans. He witnessed the California gold rush and the Puget Sound Indian War. Chronicling the life of McLeod and his family, this exhibit showcases several generations adapting to changing times.
December 7, 2013 to April 13, 2014