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Living History and Reenacting Swap Meet

Lakewood, WA – On November 16, Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will host a Living History and Reenacting Swap Meet.  The event will feature original and reproduction items, spanning the distance 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.  Guided tours will not be available during the swap meet.  Visit for more details. DOWNLOAD THE NEWS RELEASE.

U.S. Army Barracks: Housing the Frontier Army

Lakewood, WA – On October 20, 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 in Quarters 2 at 2:00 p.m.  Complimentary admission to lecture and interpretive center, as well as, refreshments available.   Guided tours available for the standard fee, visit for more details. DOWNLOAD THE NEWS RELEASE.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Lakewood, WA – On September 21, 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 for more details.  This event will take place in Quarters 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DOWNLOAD THE NEWS RELEASE

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Living History Open House

Lakewood, WA – On July 13, Historic Fort Steilacoom will host the annual Living History Open House. Admission during the Open House is free, but donations are appreciated. The museum will open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests may begin their visit at the interpretive center in Quarters 4, where you can view and excellent diorama of the historic post. The diorama provides a great glimpse into how the fort appeared during the 1850s occupation.  Also on display in Quarters 4 are exhibits displaying items and uniforms used at the fort from 1849-68. DOWNLOAD NEWS RELEASE

Independence Day Celebration in Steilacoom

Historic 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 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Thursday, July 4th to take a picture with living historians in period clothing. Donations are appreciated.

On Exibit – Young Man In A Hurry

Enjoy another story we have to tell! Visit Historic Fort Steilacoom to find Legacy Washington’s exhibit “Young Man in a Hurry: The Life of Isaac Stevens” on display until May 2020. If you’re in Lakewood, check it out! Free admission to the exhibit with the purchase of a guided tour. For hours and fees visit

Arrival of the Army in Puget Sound Region

Lakewood, WA – On Sunday 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.  This presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Quarters 2 of the Historic Fort Steilacoom Museum.  Fort Steilacoom will offer complimentary admission to the lecture and guided tours will be available for the standard fee. Download the News Release

Spring Open House & Annual Used Book Sale

Lakewood, WA – On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Historic Fort Steilacoom Association will host a Spring Open House and Annual Used Book Sale.  This event will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Admission is free. 

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