• 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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  • Vistor Center Temporarily Relocates to Pearson Air Museum on Sep 15, 2014

    The Visitor Center operation will temporarily relocate to Pearson Air Museum, beginning on Monday, September 15, 2014, while the visitor center is rehabilitated. More »

  • The McLoughlin House Site Will Close at 2:00 pm This Saturday, October 18, 2014.

    The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will close early this coming Saturday, October 18, to prepare for a community partnership event. The McLoughlin House will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday.

Dame School Curriculum

Two girls pick flowers in the park garden.
 

Taught by National Park Service employees and Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) and assisted by Adult Aides, the curriculum of the Dame School includes many skills practiced historically, as well as contemporary training in public history, public speaking and what it means to be a National Park Service volunteer who helps the public connect to the history and resources of the site.

 

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the National Park Service
  • History of Fort Vancouver, the Hudson's Bay Company's Village, and the families who lived there
  • Public speaking and historic site interpretation
  • Fibers, fabrics, sewing and embroidery
  • Knitting and lucet cord
  • 1nineteenth century speech and etiquette
  • Field and garden plants and their uses
  • Animal furs and the fur brigades
  • Safety in a public site
 

Did You Know?

Image of O.O. Howard from the New York Historical Society's Civil War Treasures Collection

Did you know that a number of U.S. Army generals served at Fort Vancouver NHS’s Vancouver Barracks early in their careers? The list includes Generals Oliver O. Howard, George C. Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Phillip Sheridan, William T. Sherman, Omar Bradley and George Pickett. More...