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August 13 - August 14

Brigade Encampment 2016

Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

Two Days of Engaging Activities

Guests will be transported back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as re-enactors set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Brigade Encampment is August 13 and 14, 11 am–5 pm.

At noon each day, guests will witness the arrival of the fur trade brigade, full of bravado and glad tidings. In the early afternoon, there is a spirited contest as re-enactors run through an “obstacle course” of 19th century skills such as fire starting and splitting shingles. 

During both days, families can participate in "Engagé for the Day," visiting with re-enactors at their tents and receiving hands-on lessons in period skills such as sewing, blacksmithing, spinning, and powder horn making. A highlight for children is the Punch and Judy puppet show, which takes place twice daily, at 12:30 and 3:00. 

Kids watching a Punch and Judy show
This fun and educational event is rooted in history. Once each year, the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) collected all its furs from the region in one place, usually Fort Vancouver. In 1855, HBC traders were instructed to bring their goods to Fort Nisqually instead. Before returning to their respective posts, the traders rested their horses and entertained each other with contests, dancing, and puppet shows.  

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Guests 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 Visitor Center with Museum Store.

Event admission is $5-$9, 4 and younger free. For information, call (253)591-5339. 

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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
5400 N. Pearl St. in Point Defiance Park
Tacoma, WA 98407