On Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s Youth Volunteer Program will host an open house at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. At the open house, students and adult aides from the program will demonstrate historic skills they have learned, and share what the school program has to offer for youth participants. Teens and kids ages 15 under are free to come inside the Fort with no admission fee, although there is a $5 fee for adults.
The Youth Volunteer Program is designed for young people ages 10 to 18, and is divided into two interacting tracks: the Dame School and the Young Engagé School. Both tracks are modeled after historic schools and other ways in which youth learned and developed skills at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. Students in the program learn about the history of Fort Vancouver, and about everyday life in the 1800s. Students also develop hands-on skills in costumed and basic interpretation and gain practical experience in cultural demonstrations and other public programs. To learn more about the Youth Volunteer Program, visit https://go.usa.gov/xR3FP.
Above image: Living History School participants demonstrate 19th Century dance techniques at a special event. National Park Service photo by Troy Wayrynen.