The Historic Trust

Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade

The Historic Trust invites you to mark Veterans’ Day with the 31st annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will be preceded by the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, presented with support from the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Columbia Credit Union. The ceremony will feature Reviewing Officer, Colonel Pirak, as the keynote speaker. Local veterans will be recognized, and the 2017 Grand Marshals of the parade, Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler and Ryan Corcilius, will be honored for their service to our community and our country. Attendees may view the parade after the ceremony from limited covered seating on the Academy lawn.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the community celebration honoring veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public. View the 2017 lineup here.

The parade route begins on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at Evergreen Blvd. and E. Reserve St. The parade heads west along Evergreen Blvd., past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Community Library, the parade will head south down C St. and turn west on 8th St. From 8th, the parade will turn north on Main St., and head east on 11th St., ending back at the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.

Veterans’ Ceremony & Parade

The Historic Trust invites you to mark Veterans’ Day with the 31st annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will be preceded by the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, presented with support from the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Columbia Credit Union. The ceremony will feature Reviewing Officer, Colonel Pirak, as the keynote speaker. Local veterans will be recognized, and the 2017 Grand Marshals of the parade, Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler and Ryan Corcilius, will be honored for their service to our community and our country. Attendees may view the parade after the ceremony from limited covered seating on the Academy lawn.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the community celebration honoring veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public. View the 2017 lineup here.

The parade route begins on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at Evergreen Blvd. and E. Reserve St. The parade heads west along Evergreen Blvd., past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Community Library, the parade will head south down C St. and turn west on 8th St. From 8th, the parade will turn north on Main St., and head east on 11th St., ending back at the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.

Fall Harvest Tea with The Historic Trust

Autumn is the time to move indoors while savoring all the colors and flavors that the outdoors can offer. You’ll find the best combination of coziness and the glorious bounty of autumn during the Fall Harvest Tea at the historic Red Cross Building (near Officer’s Row and Fort Vancouver) on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Built in 1918-1919, the Red Cross Building was a welcoming place for wounded and sick soldiers to convalesce. Later, it was used as a service club. The beautifully restored community space has wood floors, a fireplace, and a warm, inviting sunroom. Learn a little more about the building and the people who have passed through its doors over the years as you enjoy live music, historical reenactments in full period costume, a selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and seasonal sweets and savories.

Tickets are $36 per person, and two seatings are available: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Space is limited so an RSVP is necessary; reserve your place at the table by calling The Historic Trust at 360-992-1808 or clicking here to purchase your tickets online.

Aviation Explorers Open House

The Pearson Field Education Center, in partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy and The Historic Trust, will host an open house for prospective Aviation Explorers from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Aviation Explorers is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided.

Explorers meet on the first and third Saturdays every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings incorporate activities, field trips, and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Explorers is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group. Aviation Explorers will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They will visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants will learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation.

There is no charge to attend the initial meeting. If your child decides to join, the annual dues are $27. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. For more information about Aviation Explorers, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or garrett.schmidt@thehistorictrust.org, or go to the Facebook page @Aviation Explorer Post 1905.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of The Historic Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun. For more information about Pearson Field Education Center, visit www.pearsonfieldeducation.org or call 360-992-1815. For more information about The Historic Trust, visit www.thehistorictrust.org or call 360-992-1800.

Fall Harvest Tea

Autumn is the time to move indoors while savoring all the colors and flavors that the outdoors can offer. You’ll find the best combination of coziness and the glorious bounty of autumn during the Fall Harvest Tea at the historic Red Cross Building (near Officer’s Row and Fort Vancouver) on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Built in 1918-1919, the Red Cross Building was a welcoming place for wounded and sick soldiers to convalesce. Later, it was used as a service club. The beautifully restored community space has wood floors, a fireplace, and a warm, inviting sunroom. Learn a little more about the building and the people who have passed through its doors over the years as you enjoy live music, historical reenactments in full period costume, a selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and seasonal sweets and savories.

Tickets are $36 per person, and two seatings are available: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Space is limited so an RSVP is necessary; reserve your place at the table by calling The Historic Trust at 360-992-1808 or clicking here to purchase your tickets online.

Fort Vancouver National Trust Rebrands As “The Historic Trust”

The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced it has undergone a re-branding, and is renaming itself The Historic Trust, with the tag line, “Celebrating history. Inspiring tomorrow.” The Historic Trust has a new logo and color palette, and three interconnected websites have been launched to anchor the main areas of business within the organization. They are The Historic Trust main site: www.thehistorictrust.org; Pearson Field Education Center: www.pearsonfieldeducation.org; and Property Management: www.historictrustproperties.org.

New and innovative programming will play key role in redefining The Historic Trust, with more tours, military history talks, lectures, and volunteer opportunities. A partnership with WSU Vancouver will result in the development of an augmented reality experience for visitors to engage, via mobile device, with iconic people from history at Providence Academy, and along Officers Row. The curriculum at Pearson Field Education Center is gaining ground as a gateway for kids to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects through aviation. The Historic Trust continues to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the production of annual community events identified within its Celebrate Freedom program, including the Marshall Lectures and Marshall Awards, Flag Day Ceremony, Veterans Parade, and Independence Day at Fort Vancouver.

Through a master lease with the City of Vancouver established in 2006, the Trust maintains and preserves the city-owned Officers Row and West Vancouver Barracks historic properties, and manages all residential and commercial leases in those buildings. This oversight includes event venue rental for spaces at the Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, O. O. Howard House, and Marshall House—and has recently expanded to the Providence Academy.

The organization was established in 1998 as the nonprofit partner to multiple agencies with an interest in preserving and making accessible the history, structures, and cultural resources of the 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The National Park Service owns the reconstructed fort, the parade grounds and the visitor center, the Pearson Air Museum, as well as the East and South Vancouver Barracks.

Above image: the historic Marshall House on Officer’s Row