Beyond Officers Row: Duty and Daily Life at the US Army Fort Vancouver
As part of the park's 2009 Public History Field School, students from Portland State University inventoried and analyzed the park's existing interpretive signs, publications and online materials. Through this process, they identified several important stories and connections to help you better understand the site and its many layers of history.
This three-part online exhibit, Beyond Officers Row: Duty & Daily Life at the U.S. Army's Fort Vancouver, is the result of their work. It includes articles and images interpreting topics selected by the students to complement the park's existing interpretive media and broaden the opportunity for you to connect your interests to the park's resources and stories. These topics include:
Western Womanhood: Women's Contributions to the U.S. Army's Fort Vancouver 1849-1900
The Parade Ground and Beyond: Social Activities at Vancouver Barracks
Meet Me at the Sutler Store: Goods and Gossip at the Army's Fort Vancouver
Did You Know?
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...