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: September 8th, 2017 10:14 AM

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The National Park Service and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, in partnership with Academia Duellatoria, would like to announce a 19th Century Military Saber Training Course, Beginning and Intermediate levels. This course is open to the public.

In 1854, troopers with the U.S. Army’s 1st Regiment of Dragoons arrived in the Pacific Northwest. At that time, dragoons (mounted infantry) were the only U.S. Army enlisted-rank soldiers that were issued sabers as part of their personal weaponry. This training course will focus on the saber techniques adopted by the U.S. Army in the mid-19th century. There will also be information provided related to the history of Fort Vancouver, the dragoons and their weaponry, and saber-driven military tactics. Once a certain level of expertise has been achieved, there will be reenactment opportunities for trainees during events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Unlike sword work seen in the movies and media, true sword training is similar to many other martial arts – requiring physical discipline, mental control, and the development of muscle memory. Beginning Level training will start with basic footwork, then move into solo and partner drills on offensive cuts and thrusts, and defensive guards and parries. The drills provide a good sense of what sparring is like. Intermediate Level training (for those who have previously participated in a Beginning Level training), will consist of additional solo and partner drills focusing on perfecting form and more advanced interactive sequences.

The training course lasts seven weeks, and takes place on Sundays, October 1 through November 12, 2017, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar (or outdoors during good weather).

Participants ages 12 and older may participate. The cost is $100 per person for the seven week training course. Training sabers will be provided. These training sabers have dull edges and rubber covers on the tips. Safety glasses will be provided. Anyone acting in an unsafe manner will be assigned solo drills, or their saber will be taken from them.

The training fee is payable to Academia Duellatoria, by check or money order. Fees must be paid before the training sessions begin. No payments will be accepted at the training sessions. Your enrollment in the training is not guaranteed until your payment is received.

What: 19th Century Military Saber Training Course, Beginning and Intermediate Levels, with Academia Duellatoria at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

When: Sundays, October 1 through November 12, 4 pm to 5:30 pm

Where: Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum

Cost: $100 per person for the seven week course

How to enroll: To sign up and to learn more about payment information, contact Elaine Dorset at (360) 816-6254 or by email.
Contact Info:
Contact: Elaine Dorset, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, (360) 816-6254, elaine_dorset@nps.gov

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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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