• 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

Costumed Interpretation

Two boys from the Young Engage School.

Two boys from the Young Engagé School salute.

NPS photo

Fort Vancouver offers two tracks that train youth in historic interpretation, providing cultural demonstrations, and in speaking to the public. Both training pathways are modeled after historic schools and other ways in which youth learned and developed skills at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. The goals of the schools today are for students to:

  • Acquire knowledge about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site history, archaeology, and museum collections.
  • Learn what was required for maintaining a household on the 19th century frontier.
  • Learn 19th century social behavior and life skills.
  • Train in costumed and basic interpretation (public speaking/information sharing).
  • Gain practical experience in cultural demonstrations, programs, events, and offsite presentations.

Check out these links to learn more!

History of the Schools

Dame School Curriculum

Young Engagé School Curriculum

Second Year School Curriculum

Advanced Youth Interpreters

Are You a Candidate?

Application Timeline

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School Schedule

Did You Know?

Black and white image of Dr. John McLoughlin

Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...