Fort Notes
May 2016

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At a Glance
(click underlined items for more information)
May 21 - Queen Victoria's Birthday 
June 1 - Steilacoom Farmers Market
June 18 - Heritage Food Ways 
June  28-30 Kit Camp

Also in this Newsletter
Thank You!

Many thank yous to the many of you that volunteered for our first event of the year, Sewing to Sowing.

Thank you to Shaundra, Jill, Susan and many others who continue to work in the garden and keep it looking beautiful.

Thank you David R. for the tire pump.

Thanks to those of you who have been coming out to bring the Fort to life on non-event days and helping with school tours --  Dana, Jill, Chris, Ray, John, Caleb, Anna, Mattie Anne, Heather and kids . (And anyone else we've missed!)

Thank you to   Shaundra, Heather, Calvin, Leslie, Julia, Cailin, for making moccasins for our Living History Clothing Collection!  They are beautiful and now that you have learned how to make your own, we are looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

Notes and News newsandnotes

Updated Volunteer Manual
We have updated the volunteer manual!  Please take the time to download and review the new manual. Lots of nuts and bolts information as well as some terrific new resources on interpretation, clothing and gear. Click here to download the manual.

New Hours of Operation
Fort Nisqually is extending its summer hours of operation.
Here is the new schedule:
May 1 - September 30:
Open Sunday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 1 - April 30:  
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Click here to download poster.Print and share!
Queen Victoria's Birthday event
May 21, 11am-5pm
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Queens Birthday Celebration!  
If you plan to volunteer, please RSVP and let us know you are coming, where you would like to be, and what you would like to do. We're using RSVPing via Eventbrite! Your RSVP ensures we have all our buildings covered, a diversity of demonstrations, and we'll have your clothing ready for you:
We have music, dancing, croquet, cannon firing, a musket volley, bagpipers and more.
We will also  have a fund-raising table with sewn items, available by donation, for the public. Please contact Nancy if you can work the table or contribute items.

Calling all black powder demonstrators:  We will be meeting at 10:00 am, just before the event to refresh and train for anyone helping with the Musket Volley or the Cannon firing. 
Please RSVP if you are able to attend this meeting and plan on demonstrating for the event.

Summer Camp Registration is Open! 
It's time to register for these popular summer camps that use crafts and other hands-on activities to get kids in touch with the past.
or call the Fort at (253) 591-5339.

Kit Camp: June 28-30, 6-8 yrs
Camp Fort Nisqually: July 11-15, 12-14 yrs
History through the Arts: July 26-29, 9-11 yrs

Volunteers are needed to help with summer camps. If you'd like to spend some time at the Fort and help young campers connect with the past, please contact Lane

Steilacoom Farmer's Market            
The Fort is looking for volunteers to help man a booth at the  Steilacoom Farmers Market  on Wednesday 6/1.  This evening farmer's market  runs from 3 pm to 7 pm.  If you are interested, please send an email to Gail Cram to sign up: .
Make trade bead bracelets and teach children of all ages how to play with toys from the 1850's.  Talk about the fort and our upcoming summer camps and events such as Crafts of the Past, Heritage Foodways, Family Fun Night, Friday @ the Fort and Brigade Encampment.  Period clothing is welcome but not required.
Shifts - Need 2 - 3 volunteers per shift: 
  • 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm (help set up between 2:30 - 3 pm.  Market opens at 3pm.)  
  • 4:45 - 7pm (help tear down at 7pm when Market closes) 
If you can't volunteer, we would still love to have you stop by the booth and say hi if you are at the Steilacoom Farmer's Market that day. 
Crafts of the Past craftsofthepast
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In Her Shoes: The Women of Fort Nisqually
May 7 - September 11, 2016

"In Her Shoes: The Women of Fort Nisqually" opens  at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in May

Members of the Fort Nisqually Foundation got a sneak peek at a reception on Friday, May 6, 5:30-7:30.  The exhibit  is now open to the public.

"This is a family-friendly exhibit exploring the heritage and lives of the girls and women at historic Fort Nisqually," said Exhibit Curator Chris Fiala Erlich.  Footprints will guide visitors to uncover the biographies of Fort women, from childhood to adulthood.  Young visitors can see if period shoes fit and try their hand at women's work such as planting peas, doing laundry, and sewing. Artifacts from the museum's collection on display include objects made, worn, or used by the women of the Fort. 

Letitia was the daughter of a Hudson's Bay Company manager and the wife of Fort clerk and manager Edward Huggins. Her story is one of those featured in the exhibit. Her sewing machine and sewing box are two of the objects on display. Reenactor Dana Repp will bring Letitia to life. Repp has extensively researched Letitia's life and portrayed her at the Tacoma Cemetery Tour. On May 7, she will give a short performance as Letitia at noon. She will then be accepting callers to the Factor's House the rest of the day, while working on a needlework project. 

Letitia's visit is made possible through Crafts of the Past, which is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and supported by a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.
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Friday at the Fort, 2016 - 
Volunteers Needed
The Fort Nisqually Foundation is looking for a few volunteers to help on the planning committee for Friday at the Fort -- one of the Foundation's largest fundraising events for the Fort. You are the key to making the event a huge success! There are only a few planning meetings and we have jobs for different levels of availability. Please contact Dana Repp at if you are interested.
Support the Fort Nisqually Foundation 
Earn Donations by Shopping!
* AmazonSmile Program - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to Fort Nisqually Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Just log in using this link , and you can get started.
* Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program - Link your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Fort Nisqually Foundation. Every time you shop at Fred Meyer and use your Reward Card, a portion of purchase price will be donated to support the fort. Click here to link your card.
* eScrip - This program includes the Bartell Drug's "B" Caring Card. Go to this link. Create or log into "My eScrip" account. Be sure that Fort Nisqually is listed as one of your "schools and non-profits," and add your cards to "Cards and Phone Numbers." Each time you use your Bartell Drug's B Caring Card, up to 4% of your purchase price will be donated to the Fort Nisqually Foundation. Don't have a Bartell Drug's B Caring Card? Next time you visit ask for a B Caring card application and designate the Fort Nisqually Foundation (#500044683) as your non-profit of choice.
Volunteer Opportunities volunteering

Volunteer on non-event Days
We really appreciate it when you come on non-event days to help bring the fort to life. It's a great way to experience the Fort and the public at a slower pace.  Additionally, staff appreciate assistance from volunteers on tour days.  If you want to come and volunteer for the day, please contact: 

For Period Kitchen Cooks?
Tracy Berryman 
Available in the gardens for your use in the kitchen - tiny potatoes, lettuce, leeks, garden cress, beets, welch onions,  radish, bags of dry corn and beans, salmon berries, and herbs: parsley, lemon balm, mint, thyme, chives, marjoram, savory, sage, rosemary, chervil, pot marigold flowers, violets. 

Tracy Berryman 
Volunteers wanted for Heritage seed packaging party on 5/24 from 4:30-6:30pm please rsvp to
Can't make these dates but still want to help?  Let  me know -- there are always tasks  that need doing!

Sewing and Sewing Guild?sewingguild 
Nancy Keller-Scholz
The  Sewing Guild will meet May  28 , in the FN Library, 10-2pm. Bring a lunch and hand sewing kit. Please rsvp to Nancy. Topic is "19th Century Children's Clothing" and we will learn some more stitches."  

The Sewing Guild Fundraiser Table was such a success that we are planning to do it again during Queen Victoria's Birthday! We still have quite a few items left to sell, but we can use some more "housewife" sewing kits as they were very popular. Please RSVP if you will be able to help for 1 hour during the day. Thank You to all who made items and helped sell them at Sewing to Sowing!"

Like to sew but can't attend meetings? I would love to hear from anyone willing to come on a regular basis to help with clothing inventory, repairs, and making new garments. You don't have to be an expert sewer, just willing to learn! Thanks to all!

Call for Artists - Inpired by Fort Nisqually  exhibit

Watercolor by Kate Buike
Fort Nisqually, with support from the Fort Nisqually Foundation, will host a juried art exhibition  later this year.  The s ubmission deadline is July 29. All a rtwork must be less than three years old.  
Cash Awards:  
Best in Show: $300
Honorable Mentions (2): $100
People's Choice: $100
Purchase Award: The Fort Nisqually Foundation will purchase one work of art.

Your work could be inspired by Fort Nisqually in several ways:

  • Your work might be inspired by the sights and sounds of the Fort as it is today, a living history museum. 
  • Your work might demonstrate (or reinterpret) the materials, techniques, and styles of mid-19th century arts that found expression at the Fort - beadwork, leatherwork, carpentry, needlework, scrimshaw, etc.
  • Your work might be an interpretation or commentary on the Fort's history - its people or events. 
For more information and submission form: Inspired by Fort Nisqually Prospectus 
Museum Store News: 
Meet our new Museum Store Lead storenews

Kelly Fleischmann has joined the Fort Family as our Museum Store Lead.  She comes to us from the Sacramento Zoo and has much experience in customer service and private events/rentals.  Please join me in welcoming Kelly to the team.

  Coming yellow ware items from East Knoll Pottery, including a new Huggins mug.  

Fort Nisqually Foundation members receive a 10% discount in the store.


If you have any questions, please call Kelly at 253-591-5339
Wanted wanted 
Wanted for the garden
  • Rolls of natural color jute twine, 
  • 5 foot or longer sucker/whip trimmings smaller than 1" diameter. 
Wanted for the Living History Clothing Collection
If you would like to donate any of the following, here is our "wish list!" Please contact Nancy,
  • Girls' Undergarment Pattern (SA-200) and Infant Outerwear Pattern (SA-110):
  • Gutterman's Cotton Sewing Thread, any colors
  • 100% silk ribbons, any size or colors
  • 2 yards or more of silk lining fabric for men's vests, black or bisque:
  • 100% cotton wide-wale corduroy, dark green, any shade brown, black or gray in 4 yd lengths
  • Extra large hook and eyes
  • New or gently used side seam or pucker toe mocassins, all sizes.
  • Heavy duty skirt hangers
  • Lint roller (refillable)
Free Sewing Machine
Singer Touch and Sew machine with cabinet. Please contact Nancy ( or Tracy ( if interested. 

Around the Region (and beyond!) regionalnews

Cathlapotle Plankhouse 
May 8th:    1pm  Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest
 WSU doctoral student, Tiffany Fulkerson, will discuss how the traditional roles of Native women in Pacific Northwest helped maintain gender equality and explore evidence of women's labor in the archaeological record. 

2pm: Ethnobotany Hike

Join our speaker and a Refuge Naturalist for a walk on the Oaks to Wetlands Trail. (2 mile hike on moderately uneven terrain.)
12 - 4pm: Plankhouse Tours and Kid's Activities ongoing throughout the event.

2016 Railroad Days
August 19-21
An invitation from Peggy Barchi -- "The Northwest Railway Museum and the new Railroad Days coordinator would like to continue the History Comes Alive area at the 2016 Railroad Days festival. I've agreed to be the go-between/coordinator of that area. So I thought I'd contact all of you to see if any of you might be available to help again. This year's dates of the festival is the weekend of August 19-21 (I think that's the week after Nisqually's Brigade Encampment.) Anyway, if you're interested, I'd love to have you join us AND I may even be able to spend sometime in the area myself this year."
Contact Peggy at

Arbutus Folk School
This Olympia folk school has a bevy of classes on traditional arts. For more information and to sign up for regular announcements, visit their website.  
A sample of upcoming classes: Woodworking, Blacksmithing, Tatting, Embroidery, Basic Woodturning, and Old-time banjo and guitar.
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