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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

Saturday, December 2

A 19th Century Christmas

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 6

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 3

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 learning about popular fabrics and styles of mid-19th century Pacific Northwest and the afternoon learning the basics needed t... More

Saturday, March 17

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 expert... More

Saturday, April 14

Sewing to Sowing

11:00 am

Experience the joys and labors of springtime in the 1850s. Sow seeds to take home, learn hand-sewing techniques from the Fort’s seamstresses, and see demonstrations of one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and Wil... More

Saturday, May 19

Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday. A merry mood permeates the Fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley... More

Saturday, June 16

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 Fort.... More

Friday, July 6

Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

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 entertainment for kids of ... More

Saturday, 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 t... More

Sunday, August 12

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 t... More

Saturday, September 8

Harvest Home

11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn at our Harvest Home festival. The day will include popular Victorian games, traditional music and dance performances, and the arrival of the hock cart carrying the last sheaf of whea... More

Friday, October 5

Candlelight Tour

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 Huds... More

Saturday, October 6

Candlelight Tour

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 Huds... 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. Every... More