Closure Update: Monday, February 10, 2014
After our onsite crew assessed the safety of the site and access via Fifth St, we're going to keep the reconstructed fort site (1001 E. Fifth St.) closed to the public today. The Visitor Center will still open at Noon.
Document Available for Public Review
The East and South Vancouver Barracks Investigation Summary and Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis document is now available for public review. Click here for more info. More »
Chief Factor's House and McLoughlin House Furniture Cleaning
In the fall of 2011, in a project undertaken by Fort Vancouver curatorial employee Jeff Cool, with assitance from Museum Technicians Meagan Huff and Heidi Pierson, nearly forty pieces of furniture in Fort Vancouver's Chief Factor's House and nine pieces in the McLoughlin House were cleaned and preserved.
Using a careful process, Jeff first used distilled water, small amounts of mild liquid dish soap, and lithographer's pads to remove dust, oily dirt, and waxy residue from the surfaces of wooden furniture. On stable pieces, Cool then applied a coat of paste wax.
By removing the grime and old wax of over one hundred years of use, and by applying a fresh coat of paste wax, the furniture in these exhibit spaces can truly shine, allowing visitors to better imagine what life would have been like for the people who first used them.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a number of U.S. Army generals served at Fort Vancouver NHS’s Vancouver Barracks early in their careers? The list includes Generals Oliver O. Howard, George C. Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Phillip Sheridan, William T. Sherman, Omar Bradley and George Pickett. More...