Classroom & Homeschool Programs
Discover what life was like in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually, the region’s premier living history museum.
Explore the award winning restoration of the fort’s National Historic Landmark buildings, try your hand at 19th century games and discover what life was like before electricity.
Options are available
- We can visit your classroom
- You can bring our classroom kit to your school
- Homeschool groups can participate in workshops or tours
- High school students are eligible to participate in the Apprentice Interpreter program
A time traveler dressed in period clothing from the 1850s will come to your classroom and tell the story of Fort Nisqually, the first Euro-American settlement on Puget Sound.
The presentation begins with the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, followed by a look at the contents of the trunk that the time traveler has brought from the mid-19th century. It can be geared for grades 1-9 and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Because of the participatory nature of the presentation, it is designed for a classroom rather than an auditorium.
Fees: $80.00 for the first presentation. Please call for additional presentations and for distances beyond 15 miles of Fort Nisqually.
Homeschool Hands-on-History Series
Bring your own group to a class that works for you. Offered to small groups from 8 to 16 students. Cost is $15 per child. All materials are provided. Workshops are booked at least one month in advance. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your workshop. Ages: 7 – 12Workshop Reservation Request
Learn through “doing” in these active classes. Dress in period clothing and join us as we experience life and activities from the mid-19th century.
Choose one of the following for each 2 hour workshop
- Children’s Chores– Carry water with a yoke, wash clothes and experience other chores that were part of the day to day life of children.
- Wool Workshop– Clean and card wool, learn to use a drop spindle and make a wool felt project.
- Playing in the Past– Make a 19th century toy and play the games and activities that have delighted children for ages.
- Food and Fire– Help build and start a fire, churn butter and make biscuits on a stick.
- Light the Night– Make your own candle and learn how they lit the dark in the mid 1800s.
Here’s the scene: a laborer for the Hudson’s Bay Company is traveling down the Columbia River by canoe. He is en route to Fort Nisqually, the Company’s trading post on the Puget Sound. Our traveler has with him a small wooden carrying case called a cassette that contains his personal belongings. Look inside this cassette and unlock the story of the Fur Trade in the Northwest.
Educational Kit Includes:
- Pictures and DVD to introduce the student to the Fur Trade
- Cassette containing items from the material culture of the Fur Trade
- Beaver felt hat
- Period “dress-up” clothing
- Teacher input and student activity materials
Check Out Procedure
- Call Fort Nisqually Living History Museum at (253) 404-3970 to reserve a kit
- Kits are picked up/returned to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park
- Kits can be kept for 1 week (7 days) and can be used by all interested teachers at the school.
$30 per week. Payable by cash, check, or purchase order.
This educational outreach program of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is made possible by a grant from Washington Commission for the Humanities.