By Lee McDonald
At its annual Charitable Fund Award Banquet on December 11th, the Nisqually Indian Tribe presented the DuPont Historical Society with a check for $10,000. Every year the Nisqually Tribe uses proceeds from its gaming operations to invest in the people of Washington and help local non-profits that benefit the community. The fund will help the Historical Society continue to operate the museum and maintain its goal of protecting, promoting and preserving the history of DuPont and surrounding area.
Since 1977, the DuPont Historical Society has operated and maintained the DuPont museum as a repository for historical documents, photographs, memorabilia and artifacts relating to the Puget Sound area and its people. The historic museum building, which originally served as the village’s meat market and later the DuPont’s first City Hall, now holds user-friendly interpretive displays and exhibits, including Hudson Bay Company artifacts and the DuPont era “Life in a Company Town Yesterday and Today” exhibit. It also serves as the City’s Visitor Center welcoming visitors to the history and amenities of the area.