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Revival: Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually

22 May

Artist Chris Berryman will demonstrate 19th-century woodcraft at Fort Nisqually May 26-28. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Though many know Fort Nisqually as a picturesque feature of Pt. Defiance Park, in actuality it is an important Washington landmark in its own right. It was built in 1883 as a Northwest trade center, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and the first European settlement on Puget Sound. This summer, with support from the Tacoma Arts Commission and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Fort Nisqually Foundation will present a visiting artisan program that will bring to life some of the vibrant traditional crafts from the days of the early fort settlers. These special presentations, augmenting the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s summer programming, will take place on weekends from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Called Crafts of the Past, each program will feature an artist who will display and demonstrate a specific 19th century art or craft such as Native American beadwork, banjo making, silver inlay, powder horn making, textile arts, Native American basketry, or woodworking. Visitors will be invited to participate in a hands-on activity to discover just what it takes to produce these beautiful and traditional art forms.


May 26-28       Chris Berryman (Woodworking)

June 2-3           Anna Grzankowski (Textile/Needle Arts)

June 9-10         Darryl Hall (Calligraphy/Knot work/Finger Weaving)

June 16-17       “What’s Cooking” Event on the 16th; 17th Anna Grzankowski (Textile/Needle Arts)

June 23-24       Judy Bridges (Native American Basket making)

June 30- July 1             Chuck Larsen (Native American Beadwork) Continue reading

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