Come to DuPont Historical Society’s Annual Hudson Bay Day & Salmon Bake. This year’s event, FREE and open to the public, will be held at the DuPont Fire Department Bay (1780 Civic Drive, DuPont 98327) across the street from the original 1843 Hudson Bay Fort Nisqually site.
What began by DuPont’s Historical Society as a community picnic on the site 7 years ago has morphed into a fun heritage-based festival with live old time music, kids’ activities, historical demonstrations, re-enactors, a tribal blessing and more! Historian Drew Crooks will take guided tours to the original 1843 Fort site and visitors can view Ezra Meeker’s covered wagon and talk with the Buffalo Soldiers. This year’s event includes a Volksmarch to the Historic Village.
Entry and activities are free with a Salmon BBQ: $15, kids $5. Hot dog meals will also be available.
Directions: Take I-5 Exit 118 onto Center Drive, follow signs to Civic Dr. Parking is available in the Civic Center Parking lot between City Hall and the Fire Department.
Hudson Bay Day Volksmarch
The Sunday event also includes a Volksmarch sponsored by the Over the Hill Gang which is free and family- friendly. Volkesmarchers will walk through the Historic Village (5K-10K). Maps and signs will tell the story of Life in the DuPont Company Town and will include a stop at the Museum. Sign-in is from 9am to noon at the DuPont fire department. Walkers must be finished by 3pm. For more information about the Volksmarch, call Jerry Williams at 253-320-8600.
Hudson Bay Day is sponsored by the DuPont Historical Society and the City of DuPont Tourism Bureau. The 1843 Fort Nisqually site is open to the public courtesy of the Archeology Conservancy. For more information Contact: Museum Coordinator, Linda Cumberbatch 253-964-2399 or 253-882-5942 (cell) or visit the museum’s website at www.dupontmuseum.com
History The British-owned Hudson Bay Company built Ft. Nisqually in 1843 near the Sequalitchew Creek as a trading post and an agricultural center. It replaced the first Ft. Nisqually built 10 years earlier. The Company employed many nationalities including Native Americans, Hawaiians, French, Scots and Americans. The black locust trees planted by Hudson Bay employees still stand as a reminder of those who lived and worked there. Many Nisqually tribe members are direct descendants of the employees who worked at the settlement. The Archeological Conservancy owns the site.
DuPont’s Hudson Bay Day and Salmon Bake Sunday August 25th Noon-4pm
Enjoy an old-fashioned salmon bake and community Festival at the Annual Hudson Bay Day in DuPont. This year’s event will be held at the DuPont Fire Department Bay across the street from the original 1843 Hudson Bay Fort Nisqually site at 1780 Civic Drive, DuPont. There will be live music, historical demonstrations, tours to the original 1843 site, kids’ activities, Buffalo soldiers, a Volksmarch and more. Activities and entertainment are free. Salmon meal is $15, Kids meal is $5 with hot dogs available. 253-882-5943 or www.dupontmuseum.com.
Museum Open House – Saturday 24, 9:30AM-3PM
Immerse yourself in History! Come to DuPont’s Historic Village for an old-fashioned ice cream social, fiddlin’ music by the Tune Tamers and tours of the DuPont Museum and a former DuPont Company town home. Local authors Dorothy Wilhelm and Val Dumond will lead “How to Write your Family History”. The museum is located at 207 Barksdale Avenue. Two Family History Workshop sessions are scheduled for 9:30- 11:00AM and 12:30 -2:00 PM and will be held at the old City Hall next door. The Ice Cream Social will be at 2:30 and a toe tapping concert throughout the day by the Tune Tamers will be in the park next the museum. For more info contact Dorothy at 253-582-4565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds to benefit the DuPont Museum