Snoqualmie Valley Record


Experience living history Sunday at Railroad Days

August 13, 2014 · 11:20 AM

Re-enactors from the Fort Nisqually Time Travelers demonstrate making three-ply rope, and let visitors try their hands at it, too. / Courtesy photo

Join some of the region’s most accomplished history re-enactors, the Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, as they provide demonstrations and hands-on history activities, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Railroad Days.

Visitors can take a step  back in time to experience life as it once was, as the the group highlights 19th century crafts and skills that were common as settlements developed in the Valley.

A “History Comes Alive” hands-on demonstration area will be near the Snoqualmie Depot. Watch re-enactors in period clothing from the 1800s, and try your hand at making rope, churning butter, or starting a fire with flint and steel.

A blacksmith will demonstrate his work, as well as a Dutch oven cook. One demonstrator will show how railroad ties were squared by hand. Re-enactors will also narrate their crafts and history to visitors.

“We’re looking at craft skills (and) knowledge that would have been used when Snoqualmie was being settled and the first trains were coming out here—the mid-19th century to early 1900s,” said Peggy Barchi, spokeswoman for the Northwest Railway Museum.

The impetus for the living history exhibit is the host organization for Railroad Days, the Northwest Railway Museum. It’s also the 125th anniversary of the first train’s arrival in Snoqualmie.

“It’s a way to let people experience history first-hand, instead of reading about it in a book or having someone talk about it,” Barchi said. “There’s nothing as cool as seeing children’s eyes when they can try something, especially in this day and age when everybody’s plugged in.”


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