There was a time...  

 John Salicco 
Historical Impersonator, Writer and Musician

For booking information:
email or call 253-376-6932
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE, Tacoma, WA  98422


The 49er:
A Gold Run Musicianer
Time frame: 1850's

The Banjo:
An American Gypsy
Time frame: 19th Century


Jacques Portier:
Old Nor'Wester
Time frame: 1830's

The Great Depression:
How do you spell relief?
Time frame: 1930's


Story Telling


    Fort Nisqually
 Seminar Series

Monthly Schedule




John Salicco is a historical impersonator, writer and musician.  Originally trained in the classical theatre, Mr. Salicco holds two certificates in Theatre Arts from the Banff School of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Having played several roles in University and repertory theater, John took a 28 year break to raise a family and pursue a career in Data Communications and Finance.  Returning to more creative pursuits, John now splits his available time between making reproduction 19th Century banjos and performing musical and Living History routines. 

 John has over the years, been active in many historic restoration and reenactment programs at places such as Sutter's Fort, Petaluma Adobe, Fort Ross and Columbia State Historic Park in California.  A regular story teller and performer at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, in Tacoma, WA, he currently sits on the board of the Fort Nisqually Foundation. In July 2008, John was contracted by Metro Parks Tacoma to assemble and coordinate the Living History program for the 2008 Tacoma Tall Ships Festival.  Mr. Salicco is the creator of the Banjo Factory and is an alumnus of Inquiring Mind, a program of Humanities Washington.

  For over thirty years in his spare time, as a docent, historical re-enactor, guest lecturer, musician and craftsman, he has performed before literally thousands of people.  As an outdoorsman, he has retraced many historic North American fur trade routes and wilderness trails both on foot and by canoe. 

  John strives to infuse local content and relevance in all of his presentations.  "A Canadian transplant by way of California... John Salicco is a history buff's history buff, who has absorbed more of the lore of this place in six years than most people who were born here will likely learn in a lifetime."  Tacoma News Tribune, Sept 7, 2004.












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