"There was a time in History"
Each seminar is approximately one hour in length
and presented costumed, but in 3rd person, as opposed to my living
History Programs which are presented in 1st Person as a character form
These programs were all presented at Fort
Nisqually during 2009. If you are interested in any of these
for your organization, I can make them available with about two weeks notice. Please contact
me with any questions.
As Jacques Portier, retired Nor' Wester, John
will share French Songs of the 19th Century Northwest Fur Trade. Voyageur
(Part 1 of 2) As Jacques Portier, retired
Nor’Wester, John will cover aspects of the Chinook Jargon and it role in the
early Northwest. Chinook Jargon Primer
Kumtux Chinook, weght?
(part 2 of 2) 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.
(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. John will tell a couple of tales and hold a
workshop on this ageless tradition.
again (Part 2 of 2 parts). John will tell a
tale or two and continue the workshop on story telling.
The banjo and the guitar of the 19th
Century. John will present a combination of history and music from the 19th
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.
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
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 traveling American
entertainer, John will discuss news events of the 1850s and share authentic
publications of the time period.
Birch Bark Canoes. A discussion of the “18
Wheeler & the Pick-up
Truck” of the fur trade. As Old Nor'Wester Jacques Portier, John will
discuss traveling the Voyageur Highway by birch bark canoe in the 18th and
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
“Jour de L'An”.
Come join with Jacques Portier, Old Nor'Wester and celebrate the "day of the
New Year". Including songs, stories and the poetry of William Henry