There was a time in History...
A series of presentations created specifically for Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA


If you are interested in having  any of these lectures presented for your organization, please contact me.  I may be able to offer it to you through the subsidized Humanities Washington Inquiring Mind program.


On the 4th Sunday of each month during 2009 (except November which will be held on the second Sunday) John Salicco will be presenting a series of informal presentations and workshops for reenactors and the general public in the newly finished  Large Storehouse at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA.  (Paid admission to the Fort is required, please contact Fort Nisqually for details on admission.)

These presentations will focus on historical events and items of interest relative to the heritage and development of Washington State and the Puget Sound.


The Program Calendar

Each presentation will commence with 5 to 10 minutes on various news stories of the month in history as reported in period publications.


1/25 at 2:00PM.  As Jacques Portier retired Nor' Wester, John will share French Songs of the 19th Century Northwest Fur Trade


2/22 at 2:00PM.  Kumtux Chinook? As Jacques Portier retired Nor’Wester, John will cover aspects of the Chinook Jargon and it role in the early Northwest. 


3/22 at 2:00PM.  Kumtux Chinook, weght? As Jacques Portier, retired Nor’Wester, John will hold a workshop to assist participants wanting to learn some practical Chinook Jargon in a living history context.


4/26 at 2:00PM.  Story telling (Part 1 of 2 parts).  This is theater in its most intimate form.  By flickering fire light at the end of the day or on a quiet afternoon among friends with nothing more important to do, a good story takes us back to our social beginnings.  There exists an ebb and flow of nuance and expression between narrator and audience.  John will tell a couple of tales and hold a workshop on this ageless tradition.


5/24 at 2:00PM.  Story telling (Part 2 of 2 parts)John will tell a tale or two and continue the workshop on story telling.  


6/28 at 2:00PM.  The banjo and the guitar of the 19th Century.  John will present a combination of history and music from the 19th Century.
Program to be announced. 


7/26 at 2:00PM.  Bourgeois and Voyageur; What they really looked like.  A discussion of attire among the North West Company and HBC in the 18th and 19th Century.  The focus will be on male fashion, but there will also be some discussion of common female attire.


8/23 at 2:00PM.  75 years in Point Defiance Park.  John will cover the inspiring story of how Fort Nisqually, in the midst of the Great Depression of the 20th Century,  ended up in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.


9/27 at 2:00PM.  Newspapers and journalism of the 19th Century.  How much did the average Puget Sound resident of the 1850s know about the world around him?  As Mart Taylor, a travelling American entertainer, John will discuss news events of the 1850s and share authentic publications of the time period.


10/25 at 2:00PM.  Birch Bark Canoes.  A discussion of the “Pick-up Truck” of the fur trade.  As Old Nor'Wester Jacques Portier, John will discuss travelling the Voyageur Highway by birch bark canoe in the 18th and 19th Century.    


11/15 at 2:00PM.  As Congressman John Quincy Adams, John will discuss Eastern influences on the development of Washington State focusing on the "Convention of 1818" allowing for joint occupation and settlement of the Oregon Country, the present day States of Washington and Oregon. 


12/27 at 2:00PM.  Jour de L'an”.  Come join with Jacques Portier, Old Nor'Wester and celebrate the day of the New Year.  Songs, stories and the poetry of William Henry Drummond. 


Humanities Programs

John Quincy Adams:
An American Citizen*
Time frame: 1842

Mart Taylor:
His Original Company*
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


Confederate Blue:
Contemporary vocals & guitar


* Presentations offered through "Inquiring Mind", a program of Humanities Washington