• 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

Dame School Curriculum

Dame School

Taught by instructors and assisted by Adult Aides, the curriculum of the Dame School includes many skills practiced historically, as well as what it means to be a volunteer who interprets and shares knowledge with the public.


Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the National Park Service
  • History of Fort Vancouver, Kanaka Village, and the families who lived there
  • Public speaking and interpretation
  • Fibers, fabrics, sewing and embroidery
  • Knitting and lucet cord
  • 19th century speech and etiquette
  • Field and garden
  • Animal furs and the fur brigade
  • Safety in a public site
historic games
Dame and Engage students learn to play historic games
Photo courtesy of Sarah Silliman

Did You Know?

Image of Spode ceramics from the park's collections

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