There was a time...  

 John Salicco 
Historical Impersonator, Writer and Musician
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The 49er:
A Gold Run Musicianer
Time frame: 1850's

The Klondike
Tales of a Sourdough
Time Frame: 1898

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
 

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

           

 

Flat 7th
Blues over easy...

Past Performances

2011

May 14 - As The 49er - performing 19th Century repertoire featuring  Dan Emmett and Stephen Foster.  Hosted by the Tumwater Historical Society at Quarry Park in Tumwater, WA.

June 2nd through the 5th - As The 49er - performing 19th Century repertoire featuring  Dan Emmett and Stephen Foster at the Columbia Diggin's.  Columbia SHP, Columbia, CA

July 29th - Performing traditional Scottish tunes on acoustic guitar and harmonica at Friday at The Fort.  Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA.

Sept 10, 2010 - As The 49er - Borst Park, Centralia, WA.  performing 19th Century repertoire featuring  composers Dan Emmett and Stephen Foster

Sept 14 - 18, 2010 - As The 49er - Astoria Bicentennial Celebration .  Performing 19th Century repertoire featuring  composers Dan Emmett and Stephen Foster as various times during the event.  Times will be posted at the Banjo Factory's tent in the Historical camp.

 

Highlights of 2010

June

6/03, 04, 05, 06 As minstrel Mart Taylor.  Columbia Diggin's, Columbia SHP, Columbia, CA  For event information: State Park Office 209-588-9128.    http://www.columbiacalifornia.com/diggins.html

6/14, 15, 16. Seattle - Klondike documentary film produced by Aperture Films of Los Angeles, CA. (Not yet released).
Played the parts of an 1898 Seattle gentleman and a member of the Denny Party in 1852.

July

7/30. Fort Nisqually - "MC'd"  and performed a medley of Scottish folk tunes for Friday at the Fort.

September

Performed as Minstrel Mart Taylor in the City of Olympia, WA.   Special living history event by the Olympia Historical Society.

Played Warren G Harding for the Tacoma Historical Society's Stadium High School sesquicentennial event.

October

10/1, 2.  Fort Nisqually Candle Light Tour.

10/3.  Thurston County Through the Decades - Tumwater Historical Society - Mart Taylor performing pre-1850 music on banjo and guitar.

Port of Seattle Documentary Film - Vaun Raymond production
Soon to be released on the Seattle Channel and King County TV, and will be used in the Port's Timeline website.
I played the part of one of the Denny party in 1852.

10/29 & 10/30  Appeared as one of the story tellers for Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA. Open air traditional 19th century ghost story telling by  firelight.

November

11/6.  Fort Nisqually Living History day - Arts of the Fur Trade.

 

2009 Past Events and Performances

January

1/25 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA .  As Jacques Portier, retired Nor'Wester, John will share French Songs of the 19th Century Northwest Fur Trade.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

February

2/22 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA  Kumtux Chinook? As Jacques Portier, retired Nor’Wester, John will cover aspects of the Chinook Jargon and it role in the early Northwest. (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

March

3/22 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA  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.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

April

4/17  Inquiring Mind as John Quincy Adams at Washington State Association of Parliamentarians, Embassy Suites in Lynnwood.  (7:30-8:30 PM, 20610 44th Ave. W. Lynwood , WA)

4/21
  Inq. Mind as Mart Taylor.  South Sound Dinner Club, Lacey, WA.

4/26
at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA   Story telling.  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.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

May

5/5 at 1:00PM  Inq. Mind as Minstrel Mart Taylor, Renton Retired Teachers, Renton WA

5/
12
at 6 p.m.   Inq. Mind as Mart Taylor.  Daughters of the American Revolution - Bellevue, WA. 

5/24 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA  Story telling (Part 2 of 2 parts).  John will tell a tale or two and continue the workshop on story telling.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

5/28, 29, 30, 31
As minstrel Mart Taylor.  Columbia Diggin's, Columbia SHP, Columbia, CA  For event information: State Park Office 209-588-9128.    
http://www.columbiacalifornia.com/diggins.html

June

6/28 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA  The banjo and the guitar in the 19th Century.  A combination of history and music from the 19th Century.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

July

7/17 at 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20 and 7:40. Playing Clinton Ferry during the ‘Walk with History Weekend’  the “Old Tacoma Cemetery Tour”, John appears as one of many living history enactors portraying 1st person roles of significant personalities from early Tacoma history.
$8 per person for the general public and $4 per person for members of the
Tacoma Historical Society. Tickets will go on sale June 11th and must be purchased from the Tacoma Historical Society.

7/26 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA 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.   (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

August

8/23 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA 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.   (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

September

9/16  Randle Library.  Inquiring Mind presentation of John Quincy Adams

9/27 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA . 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.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

October

10/10 or 10/17   Inq. Mind as Minstrel Mart Taylor for City of Olympia, WA.   Sesquicentennial event.

10/23 & 10/24 Evening.  John will be appearing as one of the story tellers for Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA. Open air traditional 19th century ghost story telling by  firelight.  Goes on rain or fair and is always well attended.    For additional event information, please contact Fort Nisqually at 253-591-5339.

10/25
at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA  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.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

November

11/15 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA .  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.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339. 

December

12/27 at 2:00PM.  John Salicco presents, There was a time in History... at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA .  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 Drumond.  (Paid admission to Fort Nisqually)  Please contact Fort Nisqually for details at 253-591-5339.

 


Fees for former Inquiring Mind programs are negotiable.

 

For booking information:
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Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE, Tacoma, WA  98422

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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