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Fort Steilacoom Hosts First Book Sale in Lakewood since 2019

Looking for a good book to go with your mug of tea and cozy sweater this Fall? Then stop by the Fort Steilacoom Book Sale next Saturday and pick up a familiar favorite or new classic while supporting this historic site! This used book sale includes everything from military history books to pulp sci-fi/fantasy novels […]

Sept. 10 online talk: The Many Wives of General August V. Kautz: Colonization in the Pacific Northwest, 1853-1895

Fort Steilacoom Museum in Lakewood will host a talk 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, about the three wives of the man who supervised construction of the first official U.S. Army fort in Puget Sound.. Four of these buildings still stand in Lakewood, some of the oldest surviving structures in Washington. Portland-based public historian Nicole Kindle […]

Reinventing Fort Steilacoom

Rethinking Lakewood’s oldest institution By Walter Neary The following, from our spring 2022 newsletter, comes from two talks Walter gave to Rotary Clubs in Lakewood. In March of 1856, members of a Washington Territory militia massacred non-combatant Indians around the confluence of the Nisqually and Mashel Rivers. How do we know this? It’s not the […]

Fort Steilacoom celebrates women’s history with video fundraiser

This Women’s History Month, Fort Steilacoom Museum in Lakewood is honored to focus on the history of women in the early creation of Washington Territory through a series of three videos found at https://historicfortsteilacoom.org/video/ The three videos illuminate the lives and activities of women who lived in Puget Sound in the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s. […]

The history of Fort Steilacoom

The following is taken from the Long-Range Interpretive Plan approved by the board in November 2021. The board’s interpretive center committee is continuing to edit aspects of the plan including interpretive key messages and plans for interpretation of all four buildings and the grounds. For a list of author credits and more information, feel free […]

Three talks focus on Women’s History Month in March

The lives of 19th Century women in the Pacific Northwest will be celebrated in March as Historic Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood marks Women’s History Month. The programs on three consecutive Saturdays, March 13, 20 and 27, focus on The role of the laundress at military posts such as Fort Steilacoom, the first official U.S. presence […]

The Way We Ate

Following the Historic Fort Steilacoom annual meeting, food historian Jacqueline B. Williams, author of The Way We Ate, Pacific Northwest Cooking, 1843-1900 (WSU Press) will make a presentation on Sunday, November 15th. Jacqueline plans to share with us what would have been available in Steilacoom and its environs to observe Thanksgiving on November 26, 1863, […]

Steilacoom People and the Land

Historic Fort Steilacoom continues its 2020 lecture series on Sunday October 18th via Zoom. Tribal Chair Danny Marshall of the Steilacoom Indian Tribe will present “Steilacoom People and the Land”. His lecture will begin at 2 p.m. In 1849 Fort Steilacoom was established on the traditional lands of the Steilacoom Indian Tribe. What impact did […]

Fort Steilacoom Closed Through October

Historic Fort Steilacoom will continue to remain closed for the month of October, due to COVID-19 concerns. This means that the museum will not be open to the public. We hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy. We look forward to a time when we can all return safely to regular operating hours. Thank […]