Oregon Treaty 1846
January 20, 2019
Ken Morgan will speak on the treaty, the Boundary Commission, and how these events attracted American settlers to this area. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Complimentary admission to lecture and guided tours available for the standard fee.
Joseph Heath and His Farm
March 17, 2019
Historian Jerry Eckrom will discuss Heath, an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and his agricultural operation on the future site of Fort Steilacoom. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Complimentary admission to lecture and guided tours available for the standard fee.
Open House and Book Sale
April 13, 2019
An open house and book sale will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. See updated displays and get bargains on a wide variety of books. Complimentary admission, but donations are appreciated.
Arrival of the Army in Puget Sound Region
May 19, 2019
Tom Melberg will speak on Captain Bennett Hill who led Company M of the 1st Artillery Regiment establishing Fort Steilacoom in August 1849. Complimentary admission to lecture and guided tours available for the standard fee.
Memorial Day Weekend (Museum Open for Summer Hours)
May 26, 2019
The Interpretive Center will be open to the public each Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission for guided tours of other buildings is available for purchase.
United States Flag Retirement Ceremony
June 15, 2019
Young Scouts assist a dignified disposal ceremony of United States flags. Guests are invited to bring their own old, worn, flags to be disposed of accordingly. Quarters 2 at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Complimentary admission to ceremony and guided tours available for the standard fee.
Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2019
Fort Steilacoom participates in the Town of Steilacoom’s annual celebration of our nation’s independence by having an information booth at the street fair next to Town Hall. Stop by to take a picture with living historians in period clothing. Donation are appreciated.
Living History Open House
July 13, 2019
Experience life at a fort in the Pacific Northwest! Living historians in period dress will demonstrate daily activities of soldiers at a 19th Century fort and host guided tours of the historic structures. Quarters 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary admission, but donations are appreciated.
September 21, 2019
Watch the museum come to life as living historians participate in a national event, coordinated by the Smithsonian Magazine. Volunteers live and work as soldiers, officers, wives, children and friends of the garrison. Complimentary admission to Lakewood residents and those with Museum Day passes. To get your own pass, visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/ for more details. Quarters 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
U.S. Army Barracks: Housing the Frontier Army
October 20, 2019
Gideon Pete will describe how the federal government created permanent Army posts in the west, replacing temporary camps. The Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will precede the program with a brief membership Annual Meeting and election of officers. Quarters 2 at 2 p.m. Complimentary admission to lecture and guided tours available for the standard fee.
Living History and Reenacting Swap Meet
November 16, 2019
Are you looking to unload extra reenacting gear to clean out the closet? New to the hobby and looking for stuff to get you started? Stop on by and see what is on hand. Historic Fort Steilacoom will host an open Swap Meet featuring original and reproduction items spanning the eras from the American Revolutionary War through the present-day Gulf Wars. The Swap Meet will run from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Guests will receive complimentary admission to both the Swap Meet and Interpretive Center. For questions or to secure a table for the swap meet, please contact Gideon Pete, HFSA President, at 253-720-8179 or firstname.lastname@example.org. One space includes a six foot table for $15.00 fee. Fees support Historic Fort Steilacoom Association.
Christmas at Fort Steilacoom
December 14, 2019
Celebrate the Christmas season as living historians in period clothing present a period candle light Christmas. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Tickets to the event will be available for purchase in the Interpretive Center/Quarters 4. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.