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Among the artifacts you’ll find are treasures from the people who lived and worked on the Puget Sound in the mid-1800s.

See the traveling trunk that belonged to Chief Factor William Fraser Tolmie or the bedstead handmade by Hudson Bay Company employee John McLeod. A small pewter spoon handed down as an heirloom, a powderhorn with amateur scrimshaw, and the brightly colored trade beads that were at the heart of the fur trade all have a story to tell.

This project made possible through the support of:

  • The Cannon Family Fund and
  • Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program

Research Library

The Fort Nisqually Research Library is available for researchers Thursdays 1-4pm, or by appointment with the curator.

These non-circulating materials include transcribed copies of primary source materials related to Fort Nisqually, the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the Puget Sound Agricultural Company in addition to numerous secondary sources covering a broad range of topics related to this history.