Association officers for Historic Ft. Steilacoom were elected at the
association’s annual meeting and honors presented to two association
members on Oct. 9. The meeting took place in Quarters 2 of Fort
Steilacoom, on the grounds of Western State Hospital.
Officers for the coming year include Craig Pete, president and Tom
Melberg, 1st vice president. Ken Morgan was reelected as treasurer for
the local historic group, while Directors include Shelly Knight, Joe
Lewis and Laura Sterling.
Outgoing president Carol Neufeld Stout presented a plaque of appreciation to the late Lyle Dunkin in recognition of his many services to the fort. Dunkin was one of those responsible for the fort’s restoration in the late 1970s.
A second plaque, awarded for her documentary photography of the restoration progress, was presented to Dunkin’s widow, Lou, who accepted both awards.
Kathleen Benoun, associate librarian for the hospital, capped the association meeting with a presentation. Benoun’s presentation covered the first 50 years of the hospital’s history.
Historic Ft. Steilacoom is open from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays from Oct. through April. A special holiday celebration, Christmas at the Fort, is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The winter celebration provides visitors with a glimpse back to how the holiday was celebrated by the soldiers and officers at the fort in 1859. Fees for the event range are $2 for children, $4 for adults, and $8 per family.
Daytime tours of the fort, at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd., S.W., may be scheduled for school children and their teachers by contacting 582-5838.
The fort was established in 1849 and operated until 1868.
A special first-person dramatization, “The Ladies of Ft. Steilacoom,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. for next Sunday, Oct. 16 at Quarters 2.
Submitted by Nancy Covert