• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

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Application Information and Program Calendar

Are You a Candidate?

In the Dame and Young Engagé School, we strive to be safe, encourage learning, have fun, and respect everything and everyone around us. To apply for one of the 16 available positions in the living history schools in the fall of 2014, applicants must:

  • be 10 to 18 years of age as of January 1, 2015.
  • have an interest in history, especially nineteenth century hands-on skills and lifeways.
  • possess a desire to share what they learn in school with the visiting public.
  • have a desire to practice to improve skills.
  • commit to time for the entire class series. This includes one Saturday a month for five months and at least fifty hours of volunteer time in the next year.
  • be able to be on site, dressed in period costume attire (provided), and prepared to begin lessons promptly at 9:30 am each day the class meets.
  • bring a positive attitude and outlook to class and be open to instruction and friendly companionship with other participants.
  • demonstrate a caring and respectful attitude toward other participants and the public, including aiding in sharing acquired skills with others when requested.
  • remit $125 to cover class and material costs, upon acceptance.

Due to the hands-on nature of the coursework, only 16 students are accepted into the either program each year.

NOTE: Integral to the program is the requirement for students to participate in public programs at Fort Vancouver NHS. All participants are expected to serve as interpreters for the following year, practicing what they have learned under the watchful eye of the school instructors and Fort Vancouver staff. A minimum commitment of 50 hours of volunteer time over the following 12 months is required after the school year ends.

 

How to Apply

Application packets for the 2014-2015 Living History Schools will be accepted until 5:00 pm on October 1, 2014.

To apply, please submit an application packet that includes the following:

  • A Volunteer Application Form from the National Park Service, available at the Fort Vancouver Visitors Center, the Contact Station, McLoughlin House or online. Click here for online application!
  • Indication of preferred program, either Young Engagé School or Dame School.
  • TWO letters of recommendation from community members, such as a school teacher, sport or dance coach, minister, or close personal friends. Each letter should state how long they have known you, in what capacity, and why you would be a good candidate for the program. No recommendation letters from immediate family for this section, please.
  • One letter of support from your parent or guardian, stating that your family members understand the commitment required in terms of transportation, homework, and long term participation. Also, this letter should describe why the candidate would be a good fit for the program.
  • A handwritten letter from the candidate requesting admittance, including the prospective student's impression of what they will be doing in school, what their interests in history and/or historic skills might be, and why they would like to be selected to participate in the school and as volunteer for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
 

All items must be gathered into one packet and delivered to Fort Vancouver NHS by October 1, 2014. The packet may be hand delivered to the park. Fax or email submissions are not accepted. The packet may be mailed to:

Dame School (or) Young Engagé School

c/o Youth Volunteer Program at Fort Vancouver NHS

612 East Reserve St.

Vancouver, WA 98661

If accepted, please promptly return the follow-up package containing the signed acceptance, permission documents, and the $125 per student fee for the program.

 

Living History School Schedule: 2014-2015

Date Activity
October 1, 2014 Applications due
October 11, 2014 Student Selection Day (program staff)
October 15, 2014 Acceptance packets mailed
November 8, 2014 Packet returns due with program payment
November 13, 2014 Auntie School (adult aide for Dame School)
November 20, 2014 Auntie School
November 22, 2014 New student orientation
December 4, 2014 Auntie School
December 11, 2014 Auntie School
December 27, 2014 New Student Orientation
January 10, 2015 Second Year School, Class 1
January 24, 2015 Young Engagé School, Class 1
January 31, 2015 Advanced Youth School, Class 1
February 7, 2015 Dame School, Class 1
February 14, 2015 Second Year School, Class 2
February 28, 2015 Young Engagé School, Class 2
March 7, 2015 Dame School, Class 2
March 14, 2015 Second Year School, Class 3
March 28, 2015 Young Engagé School, Class 3
April 4, 2015 Dame School, Class 3
April 11, 2015 Second Year School, Class 4
April 25, 2015 Young Engagé School, Class 4
May 2, 2015 Dame School, Class 4
May 9, 2015 Second Year School, Class 5
May 23, 2015 Young Engagé School, Class 5
May 30, 2015 Advanced Youth School
June 6, 2015 Dame School, Class 5
June 13, 2015 (tentative) Get Outdoors Day & Brigade Encampment (park event)

 

Did You Know?

A park Guide presents a program at the Brigade Encampment special event

Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site hosts a number of special events each year that feature costumed interpretation and living history, including the Brigade Encampment, Soldiers' Bivouac, and Candlelight Tour? More...