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Exploring Fort Vancouver Book Launch

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News Release Date: October 5, 2011
Contact: Susan Holton, Communications Manager, Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1814
Contact: Tessa Langford, Curator, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 360-816-6252

Authors to introduce "Exploring Fort Vancouver" at lantern-lit October 13 book launch inside Fort Vancouver

National Park Service archaeologists, curators, and historians penned the nonfiction book that tells the fort's story through artifacts; Fort Vancouver National Trust co-published the book with University of Washington Press

(October 5, 2011-Vancouver, WA) A new book that tells the story of Fort Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest through artifacts will be celebrated at a unique, lantern-lit book launch inside Fort Vancouver on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Titled "Exploring Fort Vancouver," the book was edited by Douglas Wilson and Theresa Langford of the National Park Service. The curator will also exhibit a select number of the artifacts from the museum collection that are featured in the book.

The book's publication and distribution to libraries and schools was made possible by the Clark County Historical Promotion Grant program. "Exploring Fort Vancouver" is available at the Fort Vancouver Bookstore inside the Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. It retails for $24.95.
What: Launch to celebrate the publication of the new book "Exploring Fort Vancouver"
When: Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Inside Fort Vancouver, 1005 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA
Details: The event is free. After visitors park in the Fort Vancouver parking lot, they will follow a lantern-lit path through the fort's garden, through the stockade gate and into the fur warehouse
Info: Contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust communications office, 360-992-1814
Elson Strahan, Trust President and CEO, said, "It is exciting to be able to offer this dynamic book to visitors to the Fort Vancouver National Site. We are thankful to Doug Wilson and Theresa Langford of the National Park Service who edited the volume with great care, and to the other co-authors Robert Cromwell, Tracy Fortmann, Heidi Pierson and Greg Shine."
Tracy Fortmann, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent, said, "'Exploring Fort Vancouver' is a real departure from the traditional history book. Tremendous effort and detail was paid to telling the history of this area through artifacts. As the stewards of an internationally recognized museum collection that nears two million objects, it was clear that tangible pieces from the past would play a primary role in this book. Through the lens of the museum collection, a highly visible and compelling book was produced." Superintendent Fortmann further stated, "We are grateful to the Clark County HPG funding for ensuring that public and school libraries receive donated copies of the book. Getting this book into the hands of teachers means everything to us."
Title: Exploring Fort Vancouver
Editors: Douglas C. Wilson and Theresa E. Langford
Publication date: September 2011
Price: $24.95 paperback
Description: 128 pp., 134 illustrations, 3 maps, index
ISBN: 9780295991580
Co-publishers: Fort Vancouver National Trust in association with University of Washington Press
Website: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/WILFOR.html
Available locally at: Fort Vancouver Bookstore, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. Phone: 360-992-1824

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