Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

Veterans Day Presentation at Ft. Vancouver: Pacific War Memories

51KBK9743SL.jpgIn honor of Veterans Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a discussion and book signing by Clyde Holloway, son of Stanley P. Holloway, who served as a marine in the Pacific Islands during four years of World War II. Holloway’s unit was the “Forgotten Battalion,” involved with the battles of Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Holloway will be at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, to read from his book, “Pacific War Marine,” which chronicles the wartime experiences of hi father.

Stanley P. Holloway didn’t say anything about the war for fifty years. Then his son started asking him questions. What followed was an outpouring of stories that spanned four years, including numerous island invasions. Holloway braved machine gun fire while Marines died around him, watched a banzai attack, survived mortar barrages and Howitzer attacks, contracted life-threatening diseases…and met the love of his life. Stanley P. Holloway’s story of survival entails not only fighting, but also dealing with the inanities of the Marine Corps, developing a deep brotherhood with fellow Marines, and coping with the death and loss that war inevitably brings.

The Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, is part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Ample free parking is available on site. The event is free and open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by Holloway. The event follows the annual Veterans’ Day Parade.

Kaiser Shipyards Exhibit Opens at Pearson Air Museum

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, and the Clark County Historical Museum announce the opening of a free new exhibit about the extraordinary history of Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard. The exhibit will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St. in Vancouver, in the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve.

The exhibit will include historic objects—archaeological artifacts recovered from the site, which workers used on a daily basis—as well as reproductions of historic photos and documents in the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site museum collection. A model of the USS Gambier Bay, one of the “baby flat tops” built in the Vancouver Yard (and the only U.S. Navy carrier sunk by enemy surface vessels) will also be on display.

Also premiering is a 13-minute-long documentary produced by Clark/Vancouver Television, which chronicles the history and legacy of the shipyards through interviews with former shipyard workers and local historians, along with photographs and film archives. The video will be shown in the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, and will be available for viewing on request in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.

About the shipyards:

When the United States entered World War II, the Allies were in need of ships…fast! The US Maritime Commission hired several contractors to construct the ships needed to win the war. Among them was Henry J. Kaiser, a bold American entrepreneur. That spring, he built three yards in the Portland-Vancouver area.

At the 400-acre Vancouver Yard on the Columbia River waterfront, construction moved at a rapid pace, operating around the clock and setting production records. By war’s end, the Vancouver Yard had launched 10 Liberty Ships, 30 landing craft, 50 escort carriers, 31 attack transports, 12 C-4 troopships, and 8 C-4 cargo vessels.

The shipyards offered new employment opportunities to those in the local area, many of whom had never worked before, and recruited people from other parts of the United States. Kaiser’s endeavor transformed Vancouver almost overnight. The city’s population tripled and diversified, new neighborhoods and support services were built to meet their needs, and new technologies revolutionized local businesses.

Jane Kirkpatrick Book Signing at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, widely-known and well-loved historical novelist Jane Kirkpatrick will be discussing stories and characters of the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Kirkpatrick and her many other novels by following her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theauthorjanekirkpatrick or visiting her website at jkbooks.com.

In Kirkpatrick’s most recent novel, lead character Jennie Pickett Parrish is a natural healer, but her dream to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon puts her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Following the presentation at 1 p.m., Kirkpatrick will sign copies of her most recent book, All She Left Behind, which will be available for sale at the Friends of Fort Vancouver book store in the Visitor Center. This event, which is free to attend, is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver and Vintage Books, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Jane Kirkpatrick at Fort Vancouver

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, widely-known and well-loved historical novelist Jane Kirkpatrick will be discussing stories and characters of the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Kirkpatrick and her many other novels by following her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theauthorjanekirkpatrick or visiting her website at jkbooks.com.

In Kirkpatrick’s most recent novel, lead character Jennie Pickett Parrish is a natural healer, but her dream to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon puts her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Following the presentation at 1 p.m., Kirkpatrick will sign copies of her most recent book, All She Left Behind, which will be available for sale at the Friends of Fort Vancouver book store in the Visitor Center. This event, which is free to attend, is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver and Vintage Books, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Above image: Jane Kirkpatrick with her two dogs

Free Presentation & Book Singing at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center: The Healing Power of Native Ceremonies

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, author and historian Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum will discuss her recent book, “The Valley of the Kings: Rehabilitation of the People of the Columbia River and Pacific Rim through Ceremonialism.” Following the presentation, Landrum will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale at the Friends of Fort Vancouver book store in the Visitor Center. This event is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Landrum’s work explores the painful outcomes of the colonization process in respect to drugs and alcohol use among Pacific Northwest tribes and how it impacts individuals and communities: spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and socially over time. Landrum’s work also examines the survival of the individual, traditions and cultures, assimilation “norms” versus traditions, and the Native traditions and ceremonies in place to remedy ongoing addiction issues.

Landrum teaches history and Indigenous Nations Studies/United States History at Portland State University and Clark College. She holds a PhD in American Indian History from Oklahoma State University.

The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on site. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome.

Fort Vancouver, Visitor Center & Pearson Air Museum Open on July 4

The National Park Service welcomes you to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to celebrate Independence Day! Due to the Independence Day celebration, visitors’ cars will not be permitted to enter or park in the park on Tuesday, July 4. However, all park facilities, including the Visitor Center, the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, and Pearson Air Museum, will be open to pedestrian access after visitors enter through one of the three security checked gates.

The park facilities will be open later than usual, with both Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum operating from noon until 8 p.m. and the park’s Visitor Center and Bookstore open from noon to 5 p.m. The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will also be operating a sales tent area on E. 5th St. from noon to 8 p.m., adjacent to the main entry path to the fort. The usual fees will apply to enter the fort ($5 for adults, children 15 and under are free), while there is no fee to enter the Visitor Center or Pearson Air Museum.

National Park Service staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes throughout the reconstructed fort to help bring the site to life and present the lifeways of the 19th century fur trade. The Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum will have exhibits and films available for viewing as well. Visitors can take a flight in a vintage 1930 bi-plane which will be operating from the taxiway adjacent to Pearson Air Museum. The operator, Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides, piloted by Mike Carpentiero, will be operating throughout the day. For more information on the costs of bi-plane rides, visit nostalgicwarbirdrides.com or call 512-203-2341.

For more information about Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, visit 4th.fortvan.org.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more photos and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/FortVancouver/.

Book Signing with Diane Green-Hartley: Gold Star Mothers

On Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver and the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a book signing and lecture with local author Diane Green-Hartley.

Green-Hartley’s 2010 book, Lillie’s Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother, tells the story of the author’s great grandmother, Lillie Green, who participated in the little known, Army-sponsored 1930-1933 pilgrimages of over 6,000 American “Gold Star Mothers” to their son’s World War I grave sites in France and Belgium. Through family curated letters from Lillie Green’s son Jasper, the book details his life as an Idaho shepherd who was drafted into the Army in 1917. Private Green underwent boot camp at Camp Lewis, Washington, and was deployed into combat in France. He succumbed to battlefield wounds in a hospital in France on Aug. 22, 1918.

In the late 1920s, mothers of deceased World War I soldiers organized the federally recognized non-profit “Gold Star Mothers, Inc.” Through their lobbying, in 1929, Congress authorized the War Department to pay for pilgrimages of Gold Star Mothers to visit their son’s grave sites in Europe, starting in 1930. Lillie Green was one of the first of these mothers to make the pilgrimage. Green-Hartley’s work pulls together the family letters of Private Green and Lillie Green’s diary into a fascinating dialogue of one family’s loss during and after World War I.

Green-Hartley will deliver a presentation on her research and sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center Bookstore at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Art Inspired by Fort Vancouver

For a group of local artists, celebrating the centennial year of the National Park Service means doing what they do best: creating works of art inspired by their local national park!

Curated by artist and educator Maureen Montague, professional artists from the Vancouver area were invited to create original two-dimensional works of art inspired by their experiences at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Participating artists toured the park and were able to meet with the national park’s curators to explore and draw inspiration from artifacts in the museum collection.

The exhibit will open with a reception at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk. After that evening, the exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge, during normal park business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will run through the end of 2016.