Metro Parks Tacoma

Crafts of the Past

The popular Crafts of the Past program where modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.  
 
June 2, July 7, August 4 and September 1
11am to 5pm - Free with admission
 
 July 7th: Join us for a day of music and art! Learn to play a song on the penny whistle, check out hand made banjos, try some scrimshaw and experience the fine art of millinery (hat making). Illustrator of the new Fort Nisqually Sketchbook, Alan Archambault, will be here to sign books and talk about his process.
 
This program is free with paid admission. Crafts of the Past is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and made possible by a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.
On the first Saturday of June, July, August and September a different group of artists will be “in-residence” at the Fort with demonstrations and displays of their work. Most will also offer guests the opportunity to try the craft themselves. Featured crafts include 19th century photography, tatting, blacksmithing, Native American basketry, and scrimshaw. 
 
“It is an inspiring and educational experience to watch these traditional artisans at work,” said Fort Nisqually museum supervisor Jim Lauderdale. “Heritage skills, such as these, are valuable for knowing where we came from and deserve to be preserved.  We have witnessed people of all ages enrich their lives by watching and then enthusiastically pursuing these time-honored crafts.”

Crafts of the Past is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and made possible by a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission. It is free with paid admission.

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. Visitors experience daily life during the 1850s with the help of costumed interpreters. Seven restored and reconstructed 1850s buildings are open to the public, including two National Historic Landmarks. There is also a Visitor Center with Museum Store.The Fort is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.