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Fort Vancouver Visitor Center Grand Re-Opening Celebration
November 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The much-anticipated grand re-opening of the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. is happening from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. This free event will provide the public with their first look inside the remodeled 1961 facility, which has been closed for over a year during renovations. There will be complimentary refreshments and live music by the Vancouver Community Concert Band. This grand opening coincides with the kickoff of the National Park Service‘s Centennial celebrations, and updates the facility to better serve the local community, visitors , and educational groups.
The most visible change to the building is its front entrance, which now includes a large covered area. The interior houses new interactive exhibits for adults and children, a state-of-the-art community and educational room, enhanced visitor amenities, and a bookstore and expanded gift shop, which will be operated by the nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver. (The gift shop is rumored to be even BETTER than the previous shop, which was already pretty good, and it’s an excellent place to get started on your Christmas shopping with excellent Northwest-themed gifts.)
A special feature of the building’s interior will be the distinctive work of internationally acclaimed American Indian artist Lillian Pitt. A collection of Pitt’s sculpted masks will be on permanent display at the Visitor Center, and a wide range of her artwork and jewelry will be available for purchase in the bookstore. Also on permanent display will be several pieces by well-known Northwest artist and local resident Anne John.