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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

Saturday, November 17

Heritage Skills Workshop - Basketry

10:00 am

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will lead a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn the basics of plaiting, twining and coiling cedar. Judy is descended from five fur traders and their Native American wives. He... More

Saturday, December 1

Christmas Regale

11:00 am

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Ev... More

Saturday, January 5

Heritage Skills Workshop - Butchering and Curing

10:00 am

Sign-up now for this heritage skills workshop to learn skills in butchering and curing methods from the 19th Century.  The instructors from Farmstead Meatsmith will demonstrate traditional seam-butchery where only knives and cleavers are u... More

Saturday, February 2

Heritage Skills Workshop - 19th Century Clothing Construction

10:00 am

This hands-on workshop is perfect for anyone interested in creating their own period clothes.  Spend the morning with Elizabeth Stewart Clark learning about popular fabrics and styles of mid-19th century Pacific Northwest and the afternoon... More

Saturday, March 2

Heritage Skills Workshop - Beekeeping

12:00 pm

This workshop will cover the basics to successfully rear honeybees at home.   Topics will include hive types and materials and participants will construct and tend hives located in Pt. Defiance Park to gain practical knowledge. Local ex... More

Saturday, April 13

Sewing to Sowing

11:00 am

Experience the joys and labors of springtime in the 1850s. Guests can check out our poultry house and visit with our heritage breed chickens and rooster.  Families can get their hands dirty in the Fort’s heritage gardens, which i... More

Saturday, May 18

Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Join us for a day of revelry in honor of Queen Victoria's 181st birthday! At noon, bagpipes will announce the start of the traditional tributes to the Queen, including a musket volley, toasts by the gentlemen of the Fort, and a cannon sa... More

Friday, May 31

Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking the maker movement back in time!  Join us this summer for three evenings of "make and take" 19th century crafts. This is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, a... More

Saturday, June 15

Plough to Plate

11:00 am

Discover farm to table, 19th century style, at Plough to Plate!   Throughout the day guests can tour the heritage kitchen garden and poultry house, orchard, and grain patch and learn how these relate to the agricultural history of the F... More

Friday, June 28

Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking the maker movement back in time!  Join us this summer for three evenings of "make and take" 19th century crafts. This is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, a... More

Friday, July 12

Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Admission $0 - $10 Grab your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and head to 1855 for an evening of old fashioned family fun!  On Friday, July 6th from 6pm to 9pm Fort Nisqually will host Family Fun Night, an evening of 19th century ente... More

Friday, July 19

Friday at the Fort

6:00 pm

Welcome to our 10th annual Friday at the Fort! This event is our annual fundraiser to support the educational programs of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Where history is experienced not just memorized.  Gates will open at 6:0... More

Friday, July 26

Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking the maker movement back in time!  Join us this summer for three evenings of "make and take" 19th century crafts. This is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, a... More

Saturday, August 10

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to ... More

Sunday, August 11

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to ... More

Saturday, September 7

Harvest Home

11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn at our Harvest Home festival. Visitors can learn to make corn husk dolls, weave wheat straw, play popular Victorian games, and help decorate the hock cart that will carry the last... More

Saturday, September 21

Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Fort Nisqually

11:00 am

At  Fort Nisqually visitors can travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the granary and the factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a v... More

Friday, October 4

Candlelight Tour 2018

7:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men, women, and children of the H... More

Saturday, October 5

Candlelight Tour 2018

7:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men, women, and children of the H... More