Little Learners Program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Connects Young Visitors to History

News Release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Posted on FlashAlert: February 8th, 2018 8:47 AM

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This spring, a new preschooler-friendly program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will invite children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers to explore history and archaeological artifacts. Each of the four upcoming monthly programs will feature a short talk by one of the national park’s curators, a story reading, craft, and the chance to see real archaeological artifacts from the park’s museum collection.

“National parks are great places to bring young children, with lots of opportunities to learn and explore outside of a classroom setting,” said Assistant Curator Meagan Huff. “We will be using fun, contemporary children’s books to make connections between the present and the past at Fort Vancouver. For adult caregivers and families, we hope this program will help to spark conversations about history, archaeology, and national parks.”

Spring 2018 Schedule:

Thursday, February 22, 10:30 am
Book: “Windows” by Julia Denos

What would you see if you peeked through the windows at Fort Vancouver? Join a national park curator to learn about life at Fort Vancouver and see artifacts used by the people who lived here. Then, make your own colorful window to take home.

Thursday, March 22, 10:30 am
Book: “Whose Moon is That?” by Kim Krans

Like the moon, national parks belong to everyone! Learn about what national parks protect, and about each element of the National Park Service arrowhead. Then, design your own arrowhead showing the things you think should be protected.

Thursday, April 26, 10:30 am
Book: “The Turnip” by Jan Brett

What kinds of food can you grow in a garden? Explore the historic Fort Vancouver Garden, see agricultural artifacts from the national park’s museum collection, and take home your own seedling to plant.

Thursday, May 24, 10:30 am
Book: “Leave Me Alone!” by Vera Brosgol

Do you think you could do a job where you had to go out on your own in the wilderness for months at a time? Being a fur trapper was a tough and solitary job. See artifacts and furs related to the fur trade at Fort Vancouver, and make and take home your own animal tracks booklet.

What: Little Learners at Fort Vancouver

Where: This program takes place inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, at the Barclay Quarters.

Cost: Entrance fees to the reconstructed fort are $7 per person; youth ages 15 and under are free. If your group is interested in attending multiple programs, the $30 Fort Vancouver Annual Pass allows for a year of free admission to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the passholder and up to three adults. No advance reservations are required for this program.
Contact Info:
Contact: Assistant Curator Meagan Huff, (360) 816-6255, meagan_huff@nps.gov

More information at http://go.nps.gov/littlelearners

 

National Park Service And Academia Duellatoria Offer 19th Century Military Saber Training Course At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

News Release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Posted on FlashAlert: Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 3:44 PM

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce the return of the 19th Century Dragoon Saber Training Program, presented in partnership with Academia Duellatoria. This training course, which debuted in the summer of 2017, focuses on the saber techniques used by the soldiers of the U.S. Army Dragoons who arrived at Vancouver Barracks in 1855. Two courses will be offered this winter: Basic 1, which is designed for someone new to saber training, and Basic 2, a continuation of the skills learned in Basic 1. Both classes will cover techniques as well as the history of the U.S. Army at Vancouver Barracks.

Saber training is similar to many other martial arts; it requires the development of physical discipline and mental control. Basic 1 begins with footwork and progresses through solo and partner drills, including offensive cuts and thrusts and defensive guards and parries. Basic 2 will consist of additional solo and partner drills and will focus on perfecting technique. Training sabers are provided for both classes. The training sabers have dull edges and blunt tips.

“This course is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the military at Vancouver Barracks while also learning some of the skills that the soldiers who lived here would have known,” said Elaine Dorset, National Park Service Archaeologist. “It’s an immersive and fun way to discover the past.”

Participants who successfully complete both the Basic 1 and Basic 2 training courses will have the opportunity to volunteer at living history events and programs at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The course fee is payable to Academia Duellatoria by check or PayPal. Fees must be paid before the training sessions begin. No payments will be accepted at the training sessions. Enrollment in the training is not guaranteed until your payment is received. For more information or to sign up, please contact Jeff Richardson of Academia Duellatoria at 503-888-9310 or by email at jeffery@mind.net

What: 19th Century Dragoon Saber Training Program

Where: Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Basic 1 course takes place Sundays, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, from January 21, 2018 through March 4, 2018.

When: Basic 2 course takes place Sundays, 5 pm – 6:30 pm from January 21, 2018 through March 4, 2018.

Cost: $100 per person for 7 week training course. Ages 12 and up. Training sabers and eye protection will be provided.
Contact Info:
Contact: Elaine Dorset, National Park Service, (360) 816-6254, elaine_dorset@nps.gov
Contact: Jeff Richardson, Academia Duellatoria, (503) 888-9310, jeffery@mind.net
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News Release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 10:15 AM

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site recently redesigned the Fort Vancouver Annual Pass, giving a fresh aesthetic to this popular National Park Pass. The Fort Vancouver Annual Pass is now a convenient wallet-sized plastic card displaying a photo of vivid sunflowers in the Fort Vancouver garden with the fort’s bastion in the background.

The pass, which costs $30.00, is valid for 12 months of free admission for the pass holder and up to three guests. Children ages 15 and under are always free. The pass allows for free access to historic programs, cultural demonstrations, and the beautiful park grounds at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. Pass holders also enjoy free admission to the Fort Vancouver stockade during special events such as Independence Day and Christmas at Fort Vancouver. The pass is very popular among local families and frequent visitors to the park.

To purchase a Fort Vancouver Annual Pass, visit the Fort Vancouver Contact Station at 1001 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 during regular operation hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm). Other passes available in the Fort Vancouver Contact Station are the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Senior Pass, and Access Pass. For more information, call the Fort Vancouver Contact Station at 360-816-6244.
Contact Info:

Contact: Bob Cromwell, Supervisory Park Ranger, 360-816-6253, bob_cromwell@nps.gov

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Introduces Redesigned Park Annual Pass

News Release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 10:15 AM

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site recently redesigned the Fort Vancouver Annual Pass, giving a fresh aesthetic to this popular National Park Pass. The Fort Vancouver Annual Pass is now a convenient wallet-sized plastic card displaying a photo of vivid sunflowers in the Fort Vancouver garden with the fort’s bastion in the background.

The pass, which costs $30.00, is valid for 12 months of free admission for the pass holder and up to three guests. Children ages 15 and under are always free. The pass allows for free access to historic programs, cultural demonstrations, and the beautiful park grounds at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. Pass holders also enjoy free admission to the Fort Vancouver stockade during special events such as Independence Day and Christmas at Fort Vancouver. The pass is very popular among local families and frequent visitors to the park.

To purchase a Fort Vancouver Annual Pass, visit the Fort Vancouver Contact Station at 1001 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 during regular operation hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm). Other passes available in the Fort Vancouver Contact Station are the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Senior Pass, and Access Pass. For more information, call the Fort Vancouver Contact Station at 360-816-6244.
Contact Info:

Contact: Bob Cromwell, Supervisory Park Ranger, 360-816-6253, bob_cromwell@nps.gov

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Honor Women’s History Month At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

News Release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Posted on Flash Alert: February 14th, 2017 1:25 PM.

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Over nearly 200 years of history, many strong women have made their mark on Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. In the month of March, the national park will honor their achievements and contributions to local history through exhibits and special programs.

Women important in the history of this area will be honored in a special exhibit by local artist Hilarie Couture, called “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress.” The exhibit will be on display at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center for the entire month. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver. Couture will give a short presentation to officially open the exhibit on Saturday, March 4, at 1 pm in the Visitor Center.

At two upcoming lectures, the public is invited to explore the history of two women of Fort Vancouver: Marguerite McLoughlin, who was the wife of the fort’s Chief Factor, and her daughter, Eloisa. Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these women, who had front-row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire. This program will take place on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm, at the Visitor Center. A second engagement will take place on Friday, March 31, at 1 pm, at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City.

The McLoughlin House in Oregon City is one of the oldest homes in Oregon, and is a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This unit of the national park also includes the Barclay House, which was owned by the family of Forbes Barclay, who served as Fort Vancouver’s doctor for several years. For the month of March, a mid 19th century dress owned by his wife, Maria Pambrun Barclay, will be on display. The dress was recently acquired for the national park’s museum collection.

“The historical record can be lacking when it comes to the lives of women at Fort Vancouver,” said Huff, “but with the research that we have done, and through our exhibits and public programs, we are working to highlight the very important roles they played here. We want their stories to be a part of the overall history we share.”

Contact Info:
Contact: Theresa Langford, Curator, 360-816-6252, theresa_langford@nps.gov

Contact: Meagan Huff, Assistant Curator, 360-816-6255, meagan_huff@nps.gov

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