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    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

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Beyond the Columbia Department: The Global Reach of Fort Vancouver

School Children in Fur Store

This program runs at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tour lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, and is open to 3 classes, up to 35 students each class or group. Please note, due to increasing class sizes, the Indian Trade Shop is not included in this program. Program begins at the fort Parking lot.

Reservation requests will not be accepted until January 2015.


Program Description

Students explore the Counting House, Fur Store, and Kitchen of the Chief Factor's House to learn that Fort Vancouver was global - in its work force, its diet, its material items, and, ultimately, its effect on humans and the environment.

  • In the Counting House, students discover the far-flung origins of Hudson's Bay Company employees and learn about their occupations at Fort Vancouver and the materials they used.

  • In the Fur Store, students learn about how fashion drove the fur trade, and how the trapping of fur-bearing animals impacted global trade and the environment.

  • In the Kitchen of the Chief Factor's House, students can imagine they are working-class stewards while washing dishes and performing other tasks that help them discover how fort employees obtained their food and how it was prepared.

Classes are divided into three groups, and groups move between buildings in 20-minute rotations.

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