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April 16, 2014
Partnership Project at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Receives 2013 Oregon Archaeological Society President's Award
The National Park Service is honored to announce that the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Portland State University Archaeological Laboratory Supervisor Katie Wynia were presented with the Oregon Archaeological Society's most prestigious award for 2013.

April 11, 2014
National Park Service Public Statement on Pearson Air Museum
The National Park Service's Public Statement on Pearson Air Museum.

April 05, 2014
McLoughlin House Spring Events
The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is open with a new schedule of Victorian Cultural Demonstrations and other events.

April 03, 2014
The Great Outdoors Then and Now: Free National Get Outdoors Day Event Showcases Annual Brigade Encampment June 14, 2014 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
National Get Outdoors Day brings community partners together to celebrate healthy, active, outdoor fun at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on June 14, 2014. The National Park Service’s annual Brigade Encampment, a component of National Get Outdoors Day, re-enacts the jovial return of the fur brigades to Fort Vancouver – illuminating how day-to-day survival skills of trappers in the 1840s have become recreational pursuits today, and how our relationships to the natural world have changed over time.

March 04, 2014
NPS Visitor Center to be Improved
The National Park Service has authorized funding for a project to rehabilitate the existing 5,650 SF Visitor Center built in 1962. A national model when it first opened to the public, in more recent years the historic Mission 66-style building has been in need of major upgrades. This historic rehabilitation will be confined to the existing footprint of the building and will address essential upgrades to protect the health and safety of visitors, improve efficiency of space while improving the appearance of the structure to make it more readily identifiable by the public as a public facility.

March 03, 2014
Park Tourism Creates Economic Benefit in 2012
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 681,404 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2012 spent $36.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 559 jobs in the local area.

February 11, 2014
McLoughlin House Re-opens on Oregon's Birthday
The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will re-open to the public on Friday, February 14, after it's annual winter closure. This re-opening date is particularly symbolic, as it coincides with the 155th anniversary of Oregon's statehood. The site will also be open on Saturday, February 15.

January 22, 2014
Partnership Program Creates New Free Digital Publication at Fort Vancouver NHS
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) Program at Washington State University Vancouver jointly announced the release of a new, free digital publication entitled The McLoughlin Family Collection: A Look Inside the Fort Vancouver Museum Collection.

November 15, 2013
National Park Service Announces Completion of First Exterior Rehabilitation Project at Vancouver Barracks
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site announced today the completion of the Vancouver Barracks Building 991 Exterior Envelope Rehabilitation Project, under-budget and on-schedule.

November 14, 2013
Come, Sing, Dance, and Play at the Annual Christmas at Fort Vancouver
VANCOUVER, WA -- Friends and families can experience the sights and sounds of a 1840s fur trade Christmas at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s reconstructed Fort Vancouver on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

November 13, 2013
New exhibit shares the story of the Civil War period at Vancouver Barracks
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will launch a new exhibit: A New Birth of Freedom: Vancouver Barracks During the Civil War. This exhibit will explore the role of Vancouver's military post in the 1860s, as well as some of the larger themes of the conflict.

October 23, 2013
Fort Vancouver Chief Ranger to Receive National Park Service Award for Innovative eBook Partnership Project
The National Park Service’s Pacific West Region is proud to announce that Greg Shine, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Chief Ranger and Historian, has been chosen as the Pacific West Region 2013 Freeman Tilden Award recipient.

October 21, 2013
Park Tourism Creates $37.6 Million in Local Economic Benefit
A study by Michigan State University for the National Park Service shows that in 2011 the 710,439 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site spent $37,610,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 613 jobs in the local area.

October 17, 2013
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Reopens to Visitors
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can again access the national park’s public areas, roads, facilities, and public services during regularly scheduled hours of operation. Along with the 400 other units of the national park system, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

September 25, 2013
National Park Service Continues Preservation Efforts at Vancouver Barracks with Historic Post Headquarters Project
The National Park Service has announced that additional historic preservation efforts have begun at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the only national park in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area. This week, National Park Service staff have begun overseeing the repainting and re-roofing of the historic Post Headquarters building (Building 991) within Vancouver Barracks.

September 24, 2013
New Fence at Old Apple Tree
The National Park Service is currently installing a permanent protective fence within the City of Vancouver's Old Apple Tree Park, part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Old Apple Tree has always had a special place in the community, and as the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest, it is truly a living treasure.

September 17, 2013
NPS to Host 4th Annual Citizenship Ceremony
As part of National Constitution Day & Citizenship Day, the U. S. National Park Service (NPS) at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host the fourth annual U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the national park on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the national park's historic Parade Ground.

September 04, 2013
NPS to Host 30th Annual Campfires and Candlelight Signature Event
On September 14, 2013, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host the Campfires & Candlelight signature community event for the 30th consecutive year.

July 09, 2013
National Park Service to Host Free Workshop and Talk Exploring the Biology, Identification, and Recent Decline of Bumble Bees
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site announces two upcoming free programs scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2013--an afternoon workshop and an evening public program--exploring the biology, identification, and recent decline of bumble bees.

June 17, 2013
Partnership Program Explores National Park's Military History through 25 Museum Objects
In partnership with Portland State University (PSU), the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Oregon Historical Society, and McMenamins, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be presenting a special program and iBook launch on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 titled Revealing Our Past: A History of Nineteenth Century Vancouver Barracks through 25 Objects.

June 10, 2013
The National Park Service Presents “Valery Chkalov: From Moscow to Pearson,” a Free Bilingual Lecture in English and Russian Celebrating Russian-American Aviation Accomplishments at Pearson Air Museum
Join the National Park Service for a special talk celebrating the 76th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s landmark transpolar flight from Moscow, Russia to Pearson Air Field and its significance to our local community. Lecture presented in Russian and English by Russian-American National Park Ranger Luda Leksunkin, Saturday, June 22, 11:00 a.m., Pearson Air Museum, free.

May 21, 2013
Significant Projects to Highlight Vancouver Barracks' Second Year as a National Park Unit
Superintendent Tracy Fortmann and Project Manager Ray Cozby today announced several upcoming projects for the East and South Vancouver Barracks unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, set to highlight the second anniversary of the transfer of the historic grounds from the U.S. Department of Defense to the National Park Service.

May 20, 2013
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Celebrates Youth by Hosting Community's 11th Annual Children's Cultural Parade
This year, the National Park Service and Evergreen and Vancouver Public Schools continue to bring the community’s annual Children’s Cultural Parade to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to celebrate the diversity of Vancouver. The parade is the culminating event of classroom instruction in which local third grade students study cultures from around the world. It is an opportunity for each student to explore his or her own unique cultural heritage and to celebrate the heritage of classmates.

May 15, 2013
Partnership Project Honored with Annual Award from State of Washington
The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) awarded the State Historic Preservation Officer's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Media & Historic Preservation to Dr. Brett Oppegaard, Washington State University Vancouver, and Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, for the partnership Fort Vancouver Mobile App Project.

May 06, 2013
Major Accomplishments Mark First Anniversary of Barracks Transfer
Superintendent Tracy Fortmann and Project Manager Ray Cozby today announced the achievement of key milestone projects by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that highlight the one-year anniversary of the transfer of the East and South Vancouver Barracks from the Department of Defense to the National Park Service.

April 30, 2013
National Park Service Presents "Captain Midnight Flies Again!"
Visit Pearson Air Museum in your local national park on May 11th at 2:00 p.m. to experience radio theatre as it was in 1939, for free, with "Captain Midnight Flies Again!"

April 23, 2013
Preservation in Process: Painting at Fort Vancouver NHS
The National Park Service is currently preserving multiple buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, your urban national park. This week, the park staff is overseeing the repainting of two signature buildings within the reconstructed stockade.

April 11, 2013
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Junior Ranger Day
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site celebrates Junior Ranger Day on Saturday April 27, 2013.

February 27, 2013
Pearson Air Museum Reopens Today
Pearson Air Museum is reopening today, February 26, 2013, at 10:00 AM, with two temporary exhibits, Float, Drive, and Fly and the Spruce Mill Encampment.

February 18, 2013
National Park Service Accepting Loans of Pearson Air Museum Aircraft and Artifacts
Any individuals who own items formerly on display in Pearson Air Museum are invited to loan them directly to the National Park Service, so they may be returned to the hangar building for the reopening of Pearson as a free public museum.

February 17, 2013
Pearson Air Museum Open for Special Events
The National Park Service has a simple goal for Pearson Air Museum: to reopen its doors to the public as soon as possible. In the meantime, Pearson Air Museum is available for special events.

January 22, 2013
National Park Service Invites You to Connect to the Written Word, at Fur Trade Letters and Army Postcards on February 3rd
On February 3rd from 12:00-300 p.m. visitors are invited to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center for an entirely free afternoon of hands-on activities centered on the power of connection through the written word.

November 15, 2012
Author Cindy Ott Joins the National Park Service and Grant House Restaurant to Provide Pumpkin Food, Pumpkin History, and a Discussion and Book Signing of her New Book, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon
The National Park Service and the Grant House restaurant partner to bring you an autumn evening all about pumpkins! Dine on pumpkin dishes while Dr. Cindy Ott discusses her new book, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, in the cozy atmosphere of the Grant House restaurant, Tuesday, November 27, 6:00-7:00pm. Reservations required (360) 906-1101). Dr. Ott will be signing hardcover copies of the book throughout the evening, available for $30 cash, check, or credit.

November 14, 2012
Sing, dance, play, and experience a fur trade holiday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s holiday season at Christmas at Fort Vancouver, on Saturday December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

November 05, 2012
Superintendent Fortmann Appointed to Regional Leadership Council
Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, has been appointed to the Regional Leadership Council for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service.

October 11, 2012
Free Urban Campfire Program Warms Up Fall at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site October 13 & 27
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce Tales of the Engagé, Saturdays, October 13 and 27 from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Both programs are free of charge and take place by the fire in the cozy atmosphere of the fort’s lantern-lit, 1840s kitchen.

October 10, 2012
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: This week’s National Park Getaway
The Village at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a place of connections – a historical grand emporium where the history of people, things, events, and ideas have flourished. It hasn’t always been so.

September 13, 2012
National Park Service Hosts Annual Citizenship Ceremony
For the third consecutive year, the U. S. National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host a U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the national park as part of a national Constitution Day & Citizenship Day observance on Friday, September 14, 2012.

August 31, 2012
Preservation in Progress in Your National Park!
The National Park Service is currently preserving multiple buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, your urban national park. Just in time for Campfires and Candlelight on September 8, the park’s free annual signature event, park service staff are busy repainting the entire exterior of the Chief Factor’s House and re-chinking the Carpenter Shop.

August 25, 2012
Free Signature Event Campfires and Candlelight Features More Military Camps, Music, and Demonstrations on September 8 to Honor the National Park Service’s Acquisition of the East and South Vancouver Barracks
On September 8, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s free annual Campfires and Candlelight event continues signature re-enactments inside the fort while expanding military camps in the Timeline of History (along the Spruce Mill Trail) with new camps, more music, and more black powder demonstrations!

August 07, 2012
We're Turning 96!
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service by holding an array of fun, immersive, and educational programs on Saturday, August 25. Highlights include archaeology digs and a chance for families to travel back in time and spend the night inside the reconstructed fort.

August 02, 2012
National Park Service Initiates Caretaking at Vancouver Barracks Unit of Fort Vancouver NHS
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is initiating important caretaking procedures this summer to preserve and protect the historic buildings and landscape of East and South Vancouver Barracks.

June 23, 2012
National Park Service Opens South Barracks in the Village to the Public for First Time Since 1849
The National Park Service, Portland State University, and Washington State University Vancouver invite the public behind the chain link fences of South Barracks to visit the 11th Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver.

May 25, 2012
Mobile App to Launch at GO Day Event
Want to learn about history at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in a new way? There’s an app for that, as the Fort Vancouver Mobile app will make its public debut on June 9, in conjunction with a Brigade Encampment as well as National Get Outdoors Day.

May 24, 2012
Free Lecture Explores Early 20th Century Native and White American Identities Through "Ishi: His Time, Place, Tools, and Interactions"
On August 28th, 1911, Ishi, the only surviving member of the Yahi tribe, walked to the outskirts of Oroville, California, alone, hungry and with his hair burned short in morning for the deaths of the last members of his family. Resigning himself to be captured by the Americans, and fully expecting to meet the same fate as that of his family and ancestors, Ishi instead found himself propelled to celebrity status in a world he couldn't have imagined.

May 17, 2012
Post to Park Celebration
An exciting new chapter in Vancouver Barracks history will begin on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012, as the East and South Vancouver Barracks closes as a U.S. Army Reserve post and becomes a national park. This free, day-long “Post to Park” ceremony begin at 1:00 p.m., with an official post closure ceremony at the Artillery Barracks building located at 600 East Hatheway Road in West Vancouver Barracks, followed at 2:00 p.m. by National Park Service tours and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s annual Soldiers Bivouac living history encampment on the park’s historic Parade Ground.

April 05, 2012
Day of Kids' Activities Debuts New Junior Ranger Program and Kicks Off Week of Free Park Admission; Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony Shares Stories of Park's Past, Present, and Future
A whole day of kids' activities celebrates Fort Vancouver's brand new Junior Ranger Program and a week of free park admission, while the Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony marks stories still important to the site today.

January 30, 2012
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on the Plan for Managing the East and South Barracks at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
In early 2012, the U.S. Army Reserve will formally relinquish all lands and structures within the East and South Vancouver Barracks to the National Park Service (NPS). This change will effectively end the longstanding military presence at the Vancouver Barracks, which was the first major U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest. To prepare for this important event, the National Park Service carefully developed a master plan for the preservation and reuse of the East and South Vancouver Barracks as part of the nationally significant Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS).

Did You Know?

Key from the collection at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site functions as a research center for many of the British Hudson’s Bay Company's sites, curating collections from Fort Vancouver, Fort Colvile, Fort Nez Perces, and Bellevue Farm? More...