Second Year School Curriculum
Photo courtesy of Sarah Silliman
Second Year School is available by invitation to students who have successfully completed Dame School or Young Engagé School. The Second Year combines Dame and Young Engagé School graduates into one day of continued training on one Saturday a month in winter and spring.
While both first year programs ensure that students grasp a solid understanding of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) era at Fort Vancouver, the second year program exposes students to what came after the HBC. Subjects explored include the Oregon Trail, American military arrivals, the Gold Rush years, and the Civil War era. Educational tracks may include blacksmithing, continued sewing skills, beadwork, 19th century medicine, storytelling, watercolor painting, and diversity awareness. Interpretation skills in first person are emphasized. Second year program also expands on how research and archaeology are integral to the story of the park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site functions as a research center for many of the British Hudson’s Bay Company's sites, curating collections from Fort Vancouver, Fort Colvile, Fort Nez Perces, and Bellevue Farm? More...