• 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

Course Schedule

Class will be held each Friday through Winter Term from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the ITS Building Conference Room, inside the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington. Directions can be found online here.

Office hours will be held at Fort Vancouver NHS by appointment; please contact Greg to schedule.

 

Week 1 (January 11, 2013)

Introduction to the Course, National Park Service and Material Culture

Week 2 (January 18, 2013)

The National Park Service, Interpretation & Site History

  • Film & Discussion: Interpretation
  • Why We Do Interpretation
  • Presentation: Sutler's Store Excavations & Fort Vancouver's Nineteenth Century Military History (Dr. Robert Cromwell, PhD, Archaeologist)
  • What Interpretation Is: Tangibles, Intangibles, Universal Concepts

Week 3 (January 25, 2013)

Project Development: Strategic Evaluation & The Matrix

  • Project Definition & Planning: Identifying 19th C. Site Themes for the Strategic Evaluation
  • Presentation: How Material Culture Informs an Understanding of Nineteenth Century Daily Life at the Army's Fort Vancouver (Beth Horton, MSc, ABD, Archaeologist)
  • Presentation: Primer on 19th Nineteenth Century Army & Fort Vancouver
  • How Interpretation Works: The Interpretive Equation, Interpretive Process Model & TGOs

Week 4 (February 1, 2013)

Project Development: Strategic Evaluation & Object Evaluation

  • General discussion & updates
  • Group work

Week 5 (February 8, 2013)

Project Development: Writing for Digital Publications

  • Presentation & Discussion: Fort Vancouver Mobile Project and Writing for Digital Publications (Dr. Brett Oppegaard, PhD, Washington State University Vancouver)
  • Project development & assistance

Week 6 (February 15, 2013)

Project Development & Progress Presentation

  • General discussion & updates
  • Project development & assistance
  • Presentation on project progress

Week 7 (February 22, 2013)

Project Development

  • General discussion & updates
  • Project development & assistance

Week 8 (March 1, 2013)

Project Development

  • General discussion & updates
  • Project development & assistance

Week 9 (March 8, 2013)

Project Development

  • General discussion & updates
  • Project development & assistance

Week 10 (March 15, 2013)

Final Presentations

  • Presentation of final exhibit concept to NPS Park Management
  • Project layout & design

Week 11 (March 22, 2013)

Finals Week

  • All project work due to me in electronic form no later than Wednesday, March 19, 2013.
 

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Did You Know?

Reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Did you know that the Pacific Northwest’s first hospital, school, orchard, library, grist mill, saw mill, shipyard, and dairy were all established at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver? Learn more about this by visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site! More...