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, where you can also see a mid-19th century dress.) On March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., you can also attend a fascinating presentation by noted Northwest author and naturalist Jack Nisbet about local flora and fauna.