Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm: The Flett Family in the Pacific Northwest
Julian, great granddaughter of pioneer John Flett, will share his story,
beginning with Flett’s arrival at Fort Vancouver in 1841. His life
brought him to Fort Nisqually, some years in Oregon, and a return to
Pierce County. The area known as Flett, where the Flett dairy began, is
now in Lakewood. Beth will share photos and memorabilia which will help
tell the story. She will conclude with the operation of Freckleton’s
Blueberry Farm, actively run from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
Look Below (scroll down) for the entire Event Schedule for 2014!
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Historic Fort Steilacoom is located at:
9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
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Welcome to Historic Fort Steilacoom
Fort Steilacoom occupies an important position in the history of early America and the Pacific Northwest. The fort played a significant role in the settling of Washington Territory. Beginning with its construction in 1849 and ending with its closure in 1868, Fort Steilacoom served as a beacon of American power and promise, promoting the migration of settlers to Washington & securing American interest in the region.
Located in the south Puget Sound, Fort Steilacoom was a part of an early network of settlements including Forts, Camps and Military Posts which were owned by either the United States or the Hudson's Bay Company. (see map below, by Alan Archambault)
Today, the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association seeks to interpret and preserve the fort’s remaining structures, reminding current and future generations of the fort’s contributions to the history of the United States.
Fort Steilacoom Event Schedule 2014
February 15, 2014: Valentine Tea
The tea will feature “Ladies Fashions of the Ages.” Tea and cakes will be served at 2 p.m. There will be a “Fancy Fair” silent auction and a fashions display. Come wearing your own period fashion if you wish. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Reservations required with paid fee of $15.00. Call (253) 582-5838.
April 6, 2014: The Flett Family in the Pacific Northwest
Beth Julian, great granddaughter of pioneer John Flett, will share his story, beginning with Flett’s arrival at Fort Vancouver in 1841. His life brought him to Fort Nisqually, some years in Oregon, and a return to Pierce County. The area known as Flett, where the Flett dairy began, is now in Lakewood. Beth will share photos and memorabilia which will help tell the story. She will conclude with the operation of Freckleton’s Blueberry Farm, actively run from the 1950s through the 1980s. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
May 17, 2014: Armed Forces Day at JBLM
Members of Fort Steilacoom will support the event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by sending a group of reenactors to perform military maneuvers.
May 25, 2014: Memorial Day – Fort opens for its Sunday tours
The Fort museum will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday through Labor Day in September.
June 15, 2014: Fort Steilacoom During the Civil War
John McPherson will speak of the impact of the Civil War on Washington Territory. His talk will give a nod to Fort Steilacoom’s unique role in this larger historical context. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
July 4, 2014: Independence Day
Members of Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will support the city of Steilacoom and celebrating our nation’s independence. We will have a booth with fort information and gift items to buy in front of the Steilacoom Town Hall.
July 12, 2014: Living History Day Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reenactors in period dress will show the historic buildings and answer questions about the U.S. Army during its occupation of Fort Steilacoom between 1849 and 1868. Donations accepted.
September 27, 2014: Museum Day Live –Smithsonian
Fort Steilacoom will come alive as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, their wives, children and friends. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 19, 2014: Annual Meeting & Program
Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will host its Annual Meeting and election at 2 p.m. in Quarters 2. After the short meeting Nancy Covert will talk about her new book American Lake Vignettes. She will tell about American Lake (Tacoma’s playground), Lake City, Tillicum, Thornwood “Castle,” and the establishment of Camp Murray, Fort Lewis and the V. A. Hospital. A book signing will follow.
November 16, 2014: Civil War Infantry
Alan Archambault will present his new book Civil War Infantry followed by a book signing. He will discuss research and artwork used in preparation of the book and speak of the life of Union and Confederate infantry men using illustrations from the new book. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in Quarters 2.
December 13, 2014: Christmas at Fort Steilacoom
Reenactors will present a period candle-light Christmas in the four remaining officers’ quarters. There will also be children’s craft activities, and the gift shop will be open for Christmas shopping. Tickets will be available at the Fort Steilacoom Interpretive Center in Quarters 4 during the event, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Adults $5, children $3, family $10.