• 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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  • Vistor Center Temporarily Relocates to Pearson Air Museum on Sep 15, 2014

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

  • The McLoughlin House Site Will Close at 2:00 pm This Saturday, October 18, 2014.

    The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will close early this coming Saturday, October 18, to prepare for a community partnership event. The McLoughlin House will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday.

A Continuing Legacy

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A Continuing Legacy

Fortunately, Fort Vancouver's connections to African American History are not relegated to the past. Today, the park continues to craft programs and exhibits that help explore the site's diverse history and connect to diversity of our community.

For example, the park's historian continues ground-breaking research into the Buffalo Soldiers who served at the site, as well as the fascinating story of the manumission of Monimia Travers.


In addition, each July the park partners with the local chapter of the NAACP and hosts the Summer Rites of Passage Academy, where African American youth participate with Park Rangers in hands-on activities that help them learn about the site's distinctive history.

Today, we continue to celebrate the park's rich African American heritage and recognize the integral role that diverse voices -- such as those of George Washington, James Douglas, and many others --play in understanding our local, regional, and national history.

Image of park ranger and participants in NAACP Rites of Passage Academy posing beside a wayside exhibit and historic building.
The 2013 NAACP Summer Rites of Passage participants break from a site tour near a wayside and historic building with connections to the Buffalo Soldiers.
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Please click on the link below to continue your exploration of Fort Vancouver's African American heritage!

Main Page: A Rich Legacy of African American History

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...