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Step back in time: Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment event returns

The living history event Aug. 14-15 will include entertainment and hands-on fun.

Step back in time this weekend with the return of the popular Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment in Tacoma, August 14-15.

The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum event recreates the lively visit of a large group of fur traders to the Fort in 1855.

Organizers made an interesting comparison to current times. In the mid-19th century, when traders and merchants came from far-flung trading posts for an event that was “part business, part celebration,” it was also the end of a long year of social distancing for many.

Sound familiar?

“It feels appropriate that our first in-person event since 2019 celebrates the coming together of diverse peoples after long stretches apart,” noted Events Coordinator Elizabeth Rudrud.

Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment

The event will include the arrival of the fur brigade, friendly competitions, puppet shows, as well as music and dance. On Sunday, the Pacific Ohana Foundation will perform in recognition of the many contributions of Hawaiian people to the Hudson’s Bay Company and Fort Nisqually.

Visitors can learn heritage skills in hands-on demonstrations.

In addition, in honor of those who have grown a quarantine beard (or wish they had one) there will be a “Battle of Brigade Beards” and also a craft materials on hand for creating one.

Brigade Encampment will take place from 11a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, 2021.

If you  haven’t been … Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and headquarters of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Ten buildings reflect life in Washington Territory during the 1850s and are open to the public. Fort Nisqually is within Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.


Read more:

Kids learn while having fun at Fort Nisqually

Things to do with kids in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park

10 fun outdoor things to do in Tacoma 

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.