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

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?

An HBC beaver trap from the collection at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

As the fur trade-era depot and headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, did you know that over 61,000 animal pelts were shipped from Fort Vancouver to England in 1843 alone? This and many other stories are interpreted at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...