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November 5

Arts of the Fur Trade 2016

Saturday, November 5 (11:00am - 4:00pm)

The Arts of Everyday Life

Blacksmiths hammering iron, carpenters shaping wood, and spinners transforming wool are examples of the 19th century crafts in action during Arts of the Fur Trade at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Nov. 5, 11am - 4pm.

“Arts and crafts were interwoven with daily life in the 1850s,” said Fort Nisqually’s Event Coordinator Chris Fiala Erlich. “People met many of their own needs — such as clothing and furniture — with their own handiwork. In their leisure time, they made music and told stories to entertain each other.”

Dozens of reenactors will bring the Fort to life as they share their talents and creations. There will be blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, basket weaving, candle making, woodworking, sewing, knitting, and a variety of music. Families can try their hand at making rope, pressing apples to make cider, and playing games of the era.

Guests may also browse an Artisan Market and acquire a unique art or craft for home or for a gift. The market features the work of several Fort artisans. Visitors will find iron candlesticks and hardware made by the Fort’s blacksmiths, and bonnets, mittens, and aprons by the Fort’s seamstresses. Other crafts include Native American baskets, cyanotype notecards, and handmade soaps.

a child at the fortAdmission is $5-$8, and children age 4 and younger are admitted free. For more 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