Get a letter from a 19th century soldier

Here’s a new way to enjoy the past: Get a letter from a 19th Century soldier.

The re-enactors at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA, will be offering hand-written letters in their historical personas of soldiers who were actually stationed at the first fort in Washington Territory. If you make a donation through Feb. 11 at this website, you can enjoy your own personal letter. ((note: the offer expired in mid-February))

At Historic Fort Steilacoom our mission is to share and preserve the first U.S. Army post in the Puget Sound region with everyone. We have expenses, everything from the cost of exhibits to insurance. And we haven’t had as many visitors to drop off donations. As a non-profit organization, we can’t educate young and old alike without the support of our community and people like you!

Please consider donating to help keep our local history alive for generations to come.

As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a personalized handwritten letter on reproduction stationary, from one of our volunteer reenactors as their historical persona. Get a
glimpse into the lives of the men stationed at Fort Steilacoom and experience what it must have been like to receive a letter from a 19th century soldier in the field.

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 beacon of American power and promise, promoting the migration of settlers to Washington & securing American interest in the region.

Historic Fort Steilacoom Association is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

The fort is not presently open but you can always visit by turning right at the main entrance of Western State Hospital at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98498. You’ll recognize the fort by its cannons.

Warmest Wishes for the New Year

Well, 2020 was a historic year whether you volunteer at a museum or not. We missed seeing visitors at the fort. Our living history interpreters love to show you firsthand what it was like to be a soldier, or civilian, or someone else associated with the fort. We created these videos to let you know how much we miss you .. and how happy we are for a new year.

Of course, in our case, the new year is 1859!

And here’s another version with the same re-enactors. We’re really grateful for everyone who participated and loved ones and friends who came along. If you’d like to share these videos or leave a supportive comment, you’ll find them on our Facebook page as well.