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Washington Youth Heritage Project comes to Fort Nisqually

May 18, 2017

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Tacoma, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Tacoma Metro Parks are joining forces with cultural institutions throughout the South Sound to present this year’s Youth Heritage Project’s (YHP) summer field school for high school students and teachers from across the state. 

As part of this year’s focus on our area’s maritime history participants will spend an evening at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum exploring the stories and historic structures of the first European settlement on Puget Sound. 

The goal of the YHP is to help students develop a rich understanding of how cultural resources affect a community.  As part of this year’s free 5-day program students and teachers will take a ride on a historic fishing vessel, tour a renovated “rails to sails” warehouse, and help build a boat at a local woodshop.  At Fort Nisqually, participants, alongside our living historians, will engage in activities common at the 19th century Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, such as rope making, knot tying, cooking and agricultural work. 

Any high school-age youth can apply for the YHP.  This includes seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2017 and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall of 2017.  This year’s field school will take place July 11-15.   Full program scholarships covering lodging, meals, programming, and travel during YHP activities will be awarded to all accepted applicants. View the online application.

About the museum
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.

About the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Established in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit, and Washington's only statewide historic preservation organization.  The Washington Trust helps make local preservation work.  We build an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship.