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Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

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1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
(360) 816-6230

June 2016

Panel Discussion at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center: The Art of Blacksmithing

June 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver and the Fort Vancouver Historic Trades Guild welcome Master Blacksmith Jay Close to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, for a public panel discussion on the history, art, and science of early 19th century blacksmithing skills. Close—who trained at Colonial Williamsburg—is one of the country’s most experienced blacksmiths and has taught numerous classes on historical ironwork around the U.S, worked at a consultant on the Mel Gibson… Find out more »

Bestselling Author of “The Oregon Trail” at Ft. Vancouver Visitor Center

June 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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Wagons ho! From 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, Rinker Buck—bestselling author of “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey”—will be giving a book signing and lecture at the beautifully remodeled Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The National Park Service, Vintage Books, and the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting the event, which is expected to draw quite a crowd. Buck’s book recounts the author’s experience recreating a covered wagon crossing of the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. In 2011, Buck… Find out more »

July 2016

Booksigning & Tour with Janet Fisher, author of “The Shifting Winds”

July 16, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, July 16, the National Park Service and the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a book signing and lecture with author Janet Fisher. She’ll give a brief lecture and sign copies of her new novel, “The Shifting Winds,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., then Fisher will lead a tour of Fort Vancouver from 4 to 5 p.m., discussing the history of the site through the lens of her novel. The lecture is free, but normal entrance fees apply… Find out more »

November 2016

Opening Night Reception for Fort Vancouver-inspired Art Exhibit

November 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

John Langellier Book Signing & Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Vancouver

November 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, noted author John P. Langellier will discuss his new book, Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army (available from Vancouver’s Vintage Books). This event, hosted by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver and the Friends of Fort Vancouver, is free to the public. Copies of Langellier’s book will be available for sale in the Visitor Center Bookstore, and Langellier will… Find out more »

Book Signing with Diane Green-Hartley: Gold Star Mothers

November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

March 2017

Women’s History Month at Fort Vancouver: Founding Mothers with Hilarie Couture

March 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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March is National Women’s History Month, and at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, we are hosting several events and special exhibits to celebrate the fascinating stories of women in history. From the days of the fur trade, to the women who lived at Vancouver Barracks, to the early female aviators of Pearson Field, women have left lasting marks on this place, implementing their ideas and exerting their influence in ways still visible today. During the month of March, Fort Vancouver… Find out more »

Art & Aviation at Fort Vancouver with Lois Chichinoff Thadei

March 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

The Story of the West at Ft. Vancouver: A Memoir of the Oregon Trail

March 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, Roger Shipman will give a special presentation about the book “Into the Eye of the Setting Sun: The Story of the West When It Was New.” This memoir, edited by Shipman, was written by his great-great-great grandmother, Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood, who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 when she was just five years old. Kirkwood’s wagon train left Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 wagons, 1,000 men, women, and children,… Find out more »

April 2017

Free Lecture: Ulysses S. Grant’s Return to Vancouver

April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, April 29, local historian Kristine Deacon will present “Sentimental Journey: Ulysses S. Grant’s Return to Fort Vancouver.” This free presentation will be held in the theater space at Fort Vancouver’s Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. Salem-based Deacon is a graduate of the University of Oregon, a former journalist, and now a historian of the Pacific Northwest. She has published articles on Grant’s world tours in the late 1870s, after his term as President of the… Find out more »

May 2017

30 Great Hikes from Here to the Coast with Author James D. Thayer

May 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, May 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, author James D. Thayer will discuss his recent book, “Hiking from Portland to the Coast: An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails.” This event is presented by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Thayer is a Portland-based author who is also a faculty member at Portland State University. “Hiking from Portland to the Coast” is an authoritative guide… Find out more »

Special Presentation About Mt. St. Helens at the Fort

May 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, U.S. Forest Service Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen will discuss his work at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled more than 200 square miles of forest and captured the imagination of volcano enthusiasts around the world. This summer, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will celebrate its 35th year of providing for the preservation and public… Find out more »

June 2017

Chkalov Day at Fort Vancouver

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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Join the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver, representatives from the Russian Consulate in Seattle, and our partners at Pearson Air Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, for a free program celebrating the 80th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s landmark transpolar flight from Moscow, Russia, to Pearson Field, and its significance to our community. Chkalov, along with co-pilot Georgi Baidukov and navigator Alexander Belyakov, landed at Pearson Field on the morning of June 20, 1937. Their flight from Moscow… Find out more »

Free Archaeology Lecture at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

June 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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The first presentation in Fort Vancouver’s 2017 Public Archaeology Lecture Series with anthropologist Sara Gonzalez will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. The Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., north of the reconstructed fort. The free lecture series is hosted by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For almost two decades, indigenous archaeologies have developed approaches to archaeology that recognize the rights of indigenous communities… Find out more »

August 2017

Smokey Bear’s 73rd B-Day Celebration

August 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Saturday, Aug. 12, the US Forest Service, Friends of Fort Vancouver, and National Park Service will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 73rd birthday  at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. This free event will begin at 1 p.m. A short film about Mount St. Helens’ return to life after its 1980 eruption will be shown in the Visitor Center theater. Smokey Bear-themed items will also be for sale in the Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore. The Friends will provide cake and lemonade… Find out more »

Watch the Eclipse at Fort Vancouver

August 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States for the first time in 38 years. National parks across the country are planning special eclipse-viewing events, including Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. You can come to the fort to view the eclipse safely—and for free! Though the park is usually closed on Mondays, the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to view the eclipse from the… Find out more »

September 2017

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

September 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

October 2017

Jane Kirkpatrick Book Signing at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

October 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

November 2017

Land of Milk and Honey: Illuminated Slides Show Our Region’s Food History

November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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Join the Oregon Historical Society and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver for a unique look at our past: a pictorial history of food in the Northwest from 1850-1940, with an emphasis on the agricultural bounty that makes it one of the best places to eat in the world. Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (author of Portland: A Food Biography) and Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan will present a collection of historic glass lantern slides—hand-colored and projected using… Find out more »

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

November 11, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661 United States
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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… Find out more »

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