• 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

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:

  • social life
  • entertainment and recreation
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • class
  • occupation

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?

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...