Friends of Fort Vancouver

Veterans’ Day Presentation at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center: Pacific War Memories

In 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.

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.

50s Swing Dance at Pearson Hangar

Dust off your saddle shoes and join local nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver at their Swing Back to the 50s fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar. Music will be provided by the VanPort Jazz Band, which is widely acclaimed throughout the region for popular swing and jazz tunes. Attendees are invited to wear 1950s styles, either casual or “dressed to the nines.” A no-host bar will provide refreshments. This is an opportunity to join in the fun—on the dance floor or just to listen to the wonderful old songs!

Admission is $30 per ticket. Ticket sales are limited and must be purchased in advance through the Friends website at friendsfortvancouver.org or in person at the Friends Bookstore in the Visitor Center at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. on the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum is located 1115 E Fifth St. near Fort Vancouver. The mission of the Friends of Fort Vancouver is to inspire, inform and connect visitors, supporters, advocates and the community to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

1950s Swing Dance at Pearson

Dust off your saddle shoes and join local nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver at their Swing Back to the 50s fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar. Music will be provided by the VanPort Jazz Band, which is widely acclaimed throughout the region for popular swing and jazz tunes. Attendees are invited to wear 1950s styles, either casual or “dressed to the nines.” A no-host bar will provide refreshments. This is an opportunity to join in the fun—on the dance floor or just to listen to the wonderful old songs!

Admission is $30 per ticket. Ticket sales are limited and must be purchased in advance through the Friends website at friendsfortvancouver.org or in person at the Friends Bookstore in the Visitor Center at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. on the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum is located 1115 E Fifth St. near Fort Vancouver. The mission of the Friends of Fort Vancouver is to inspire, inform and connect visitors, supporters, advocates and the community to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Art & Aviation at Fort Vancouver with Lois Chichinoff Thadei

Join the Friends of Fort Vancouver and the National Park Service for an afternoon of art and aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Lois Chichinoff Thadei is a bush pilot and aviation mechanic who learned from Clark County’s own Wally Olson at Evergreen Airport. To receive her pilot’s wheel rating and learn to dope and fabric old aircraft, Thadei commuted between Ketchikan, Alaska, and Vancouver on a pontoon plane via Seattle. Thadei will give a special presentation at 2 p.m.

Thadei, born into a Tlingit and Haida community in Southeast Alaska, is also an artist who comes from a family of Native Alaskan artists. Her work responds to a seasonal cycle as different materials become available. In the winter, she fires pottery in her home, creates stained and fused glass work, and weaves Ravenstail baskets using cedar bark and grasses. She also creates jewelry from sterling silver, glass, copper, jasper, sapphire and ruby. In the summer, she harvests and cures native grasses in the traditional method, creates and fires raku, and makes hand-built pottery.

Please join us for a memorable afternoon as Thadei shares reminiscences of learning to fly, journeying across the Northwest, and creating art that expresses and celebrates her heritage. The event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Art + Aviation at Fort Vancouver with Lois Chichinoff Thadei

Join the Friends of Fort Vancouver and the National Park Service for an afternoon of art and aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Lois Chichinoff Thadei is a bush pilot and aviation mechanic who learned from Clark County’s own Wally Olson at Evergreen Airport. To receive her pilot’s wheel rating and learn to dope and fabric old aircraft, Thadei commuted between Ketchikan, Alaska, and Vancouver on a pontoon plane via Seattle. Thadei will give a special presentation at 2 p.m.

Thadei, born into a Tlingit and Haida community in Southeast Alaska, is also an artist who comes from a family of Native Alaskan artists. Her work responds to a seasonal cycle as different materials become available. In the winter, she fires pottery in her home, creates stained and fused glass work, and weaves Ravenstail baskets using cedar bark and grasses. She also creates jewelry from sterling silver, glass, copper, jasper, sapphire and ruby. In the summer, she harvests and cures native grasses in the traditional method, creates and fires raku, and makes hand-built pottery.

Please join us for a memorable afternoon as Thadei shares reminiscences of learning to fly, journeying across the Northwest, and creating art that expresses and celebrates her heritage. The event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Above image: detail from “Frog Calls a Meeting to Order,” acid-etched cast glass by Lois Chichinoff Thadei, created in collaboration with Lillian Pitt and Fred Lauth, Sr.