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Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2015 was another great year at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and the Fort Nisqually Foundation continues to be a proud part of this quality organization.

Thanks to the generosity and support of our Members, Sponsors, Donors and charitable foundations we were able to provide more financial support for the Programs and Activities at the Fort.

The Foundation was again awarded grants to support the artist-in-residence program Crafts Of The Past from May through September. We also were able to provide scholarships for nearly 500 students to visit the Fort, as well as provide support for general operating expenses.

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the Foundation's special fundraising events and who purchased Cruise raffle tickets.

2015 Board

  • Barbara Ball
  • Dave Berry
  • Gail Cram, President
  • Lynette Crumity
  • Susan Gover, Treasurer
  • Ed Hawkins
  • Dana Repp, Vice President
  • Glenn Sutt, President Emeritus

Highlights of 2015

  • Contributed $26,442 to support the fort’s general operating budget to ensure the continuation and expansion of the quality programs and activities that the community has come to expect from Fort Nisqually staff and volunteers.
  • In addition, contributed $33,287 from the Foundation’s Restricted Funds for items like scholarships, exhibit cases, artifact purchases and support for the fort’s four guilds.
  • Provided the funding for the popular weekend artist-in-residence program, Crafts of the Past.
  • Distributed over $3,000 in scholarships to local schools to cover the expenses allowing nearly 500 students to participate in guided educational tours of Fort Nisqually.
  • Held four successful fundraising events:
      • The silent and live auctions at the Robert Burns Volunteer Recognition Dinner support Fort Nisqually’s specialty guilds and other programs.
      • New in 2015: a raffle for a cruise for two on Holland America raised nearly $5,000.
      • The 6th Annual Friday at the Fort generated over $9,000 to support Fort Nisqually.
      • Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen: Halloween Storytelling was extremely popular in 2015 with good weather both nights and generating over $5,000 for Fort programs.
  • Foundation Board member Glenn Sutt led the successful effort to have the State Department of Transportation add large directional signs to Fort Nisqually along Highway 16.
  • The Membership Committee organized the Children’s Activity Booth at the Proctor Farmers Market in July and November to promote Fort and Foundation events.
  • The introduction of the “Fast Track Table” at all fort events for Foundation members resulted in happy members and a record number of new members in 2015.

2015 Financial Summary


Unrestricted Funds



Endowment Interest


Fund Raising Events










Restricted Funds

Artifact Care and Acquisition 890
Crafts of the Past3,000
Exhibit Cases 17,000
Living History Guilds3,941
TOTAL $30,331


Unrestricted Funds

Business Expenses1,996
Foundation Operations
    Board Supplies2,527
Fundraising Events5,183
Member Events329
Museum Operating Support 
    Building Supplies/Equipment1,511
    Education/Exhibits/Library Support3,102
    Event Support 3,885
    General Operating Support15,000
    Membership Share to MPT2,196
    Staff Development415
Website Operation1,900

Restricted Funds

Artifact Care and Acquisition 1,394
Capital Improvements1,841
Crafts of the Past6,964
Exhibit Cases16,536
Living History Guilds3,026
On-line Artifact/Library Project720
School Tour Scholarships2,796
Ending Balance in all accounts$109,410

Thank you!

  • Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen:
      • Volunteer storytellers: Sarah Comer, Jerry Eckrom, Karen Haas, Wulf Jinkins, Mike Preston & John Salicco
      • Jim Weatherford for keeping the bonfire going year after year
      • Patrick Haas, Rick Bacon and Don Talmadge for managing the crowds in the parking lot
      • Kendra Stejskal for providing musical entertainment
      • Pepsi-Cola for donating the refreshments
      • To all the volunteers who help behind the scenes to make Bonfires, Friday at the Fort, and the Foundation’s Proctor Farmers Market Booth successful events.
  • To all the volunteers and Foundation members who donated items to the annual Robert Burns Dinner auctions
  • The Dr. Jerry V Ramsey and Elaine Perdue Ramsey Endowment for Fort Nisqually for providing continuing operating support for the fort
  • The Cannon Family Fund and Titus-Will for supporting the Foundation’s scholarship fund
  • The Tacoma Arts Commission for funding Crafts of the Past
  • The Nisqually Tribe of Indians for supporting Fort Nisqually’s education programs
  • Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission for supporting the purchase of new exhibit cases for the Great Room and archival supplies for the fort’s artifact collection.
  • Employees of Metro Parks Tacoma who donated to the Legacy Campaign to support the fort’s Heritage Gardens and general operating support
  • To BECU Credit Union for their sponsorship of Friday at the Fort
  • Claire Keller-Scholz for editing and producing Occurrences: Journal of Northwest History
  • Dr. Jerry V Ramsey for donating copies of his newly published book “Stealing Puget Sound” to the Foundation for resale as a fundraising effort.
  • All the Fort Nisqually volunteers who donate so much of their time, talent, knowledge and skills to make the fort the quality museum experience it is.

© 2016 Fort Nisqually Foundation,
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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