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


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,

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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.


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,

Contact: Meagan Huff, Assistant Curator, 360-816-6255,

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