Fort Steilacoom Event Schedule 2017

February 11, 2017: Valentine Tea
Tea and cakes will be served at 2 p.m. There will be entertainment and also a “Fancy Fair” silent auction. Ladies of the Fort will be in period dress. 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.

March 19, 2017: The Pig War
   During a tense period in U.S.-Great Britain relations, the shooting of a wayward pig on San Juan Island nearly touched off a war. Historian Erich Ebel explores this curious event in Washington State history, including the role Fort Steilacoom played. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.

March 26, 2017: 1850's Living History Symposium

  Calling all Living Historians, Historical Interpreters and Reenactors: You are cordially invited to a free Living History Symposium on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 1-4 in the afternoon. Guest speakers will be presenting on a variety of mid-nineteenth century subjects, to share their research and help you 'round out' your impression. The Symposium will be held at Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood, WA. The current offerings include:
*Dining in the 1850s & 1860s*Early Photography*Food Preservation*The Genteel Hobby of Gardening*Yeast and Innovations in Leavening*Mrs. Mowett's Interactive Etiquette*
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April 22, 2017: Open House and Used Book Sale
   An open house with building tours and a book sale will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. See the new and updated displays and the additions to the Research Center.
May 21, 2017: Uncommon Currency: Money Matters on Puget Sound in the mid-19th Century
   Claire Keller-Scholz will relate the many mediums of exchange in use at Fort Nisqually and the surrounding areas in the 1840s and 50s. She will examine how Fort Nisqually served as a "bank" and acted as a middleman for a variety of financial transactions in Puget Sound.  Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
May 28, 2017: Memorial Day Weekend– Fort opens for its Sunday tours
   The fort museum will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day in September. Donations accepted.
June 10, 2017: United States Flag Retirement Ceremony
   SVR, with help from young Scouts, will conduct a dignified flag disposal ceremony at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring your old, worn flags for proper disposal. Building tours will follow. Donations accepted.
July 4, 2017: Independence Day
   Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will support the city of Steilacoom in celebrating our nation’s independence. We will have a booth, next to the Steilacoom Town Hall, with fort information and gift items to buy. Living historians will also be available for photos. Donations accepted.
July 8, 2017: Summer Fest Open House
   From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., living historians in period dress will show the historic buildings and answer questions about the U.S. Army during its occupation of Fort Steilacoom. Donations accepted.
August 26, 2017: Founders' Day "Members Only" Potluck Picnic

  Members of the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association, and their families, are invited to bring a food dish to the annual picnic, from 12 p.m to 2 p.m. in Quarters 2. Trish Bures will speak about women in the mid-1800s who were associated with the army.

September 23, 2017: Museum Day Live—Smithsonian
Fort Steilacoom will be open for a special day of tours and educational opportunities in support of the national event, "Smithsonian: Museum Day Live". This event is completely free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special invitation to students, home schoolers, and Scouts. As well, the museum store will be open for purchases, and tour guides and docents will help provide history and interpretation of the significance of Fort Steilacoom! Donations gratefully accepted.

October 15, 2017: Northern Pacific Railroad—Prairie Line
   Michael Sullivan, of Artifacts Consulting, will tell the story of the last section of the Northern Pacific Transcontinental Railroad and the building of the line past Fort Steilacoom and Nisqually prairie. Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will precede the program with its brief Annual Meeting and election at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
November 19, 2017: Ordnance Sergeant William Archbold
   Noted military historian Alan Archambault will speak about William Archbold, who served at Fort Steilacoom from 1849 until his death in 1868. The last 12 years, he was the Ordnance Sergeant. He was the last soldier at the fort. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
December 9, 2017: Christmas at Fort Steilacoom
   Living historians will present a period candle-light Christmas in the remaining officers’ quarters. The gift shop will also 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 (parents & kids).

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