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 »
Fort Vancouver Podcast
NPS Photo by Marv Binegar
This new podcast will take you "beyond the velvet rope" at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and provide a personal, behind the scenes look at the Pacific Northwest’s premiere archaeological and historic site.
Conversations with staff members, visitors, park partners and many of the site’s 400 volunteers will take you on an intimate journey and help show why this urban national park – with its historic buildings, expansive recreational opportunities, reconstructed 1840’s fur trade stockade, dozens of interpretive programs and special events, and a collection of over 2 million artifacts – is relevant today, drawing nearly 900,000 visitors a year.
From archaeologists analyzing latest finds to volunteer blacksmiths creating essential tools…from rangers crafting new programs and events to museum staff describing fascinating artifacts, this podcast will help you learn much about your national park and hopefully help you forge your own, personal connection to this very special and significant site.
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EPISODES (most recent listed first)
Archaeologists Dr. Doug Wilson and Dr. Robert Cromwell continue their discussion of the park's archaeology program. They recap fifty years of archaeology at the site and also share their "dream digs" in the park.
Fort Vancouver Podcast, Episode 4 Part 2 (37.4 MB .MP3 file)
Archaeology at Fort Vancouver, Part 1
Ever wonder about the role of archaeology at Fort Vancouver? Join park employees Dr. Doug Wilson and Dr. Robert Cromwell behind the scenes as they describe the park's acclaimed archaeology program.
Fort Vancouver Podcast, Episode 4 Part 1 (38.7 MB .MP3 file)
The Museum Collection
Curious about the more than two million artifacts that have been recovered at the site during archaeological digs? How about old images, textiles, and other objects? Join park employees Tessa Langford and Heidi Pierson behind the scenes with the park's extensive museum collection.
Fort Vancouver Podcast, Episode 3 (14.1 MB .MP3 File)
McLoughlin House Celebration
In May 2009, a special celebration commemorated the 100th anniversary of the preservation and relocation of the McLoughlin House. Join the park's volunteers, partners, staff and public officials as they share their reflections on the day and its significance.
Fort Vancouver Podcast, Episode 2 (17.4 MB .MP3 file)
NPS Photo by Marv Binegar
Historic Weapons Programs
Ever wonder what's behind the big "boom" of the cannon or the "crack" of the musket at one of the park's black powder programs? Join park rangers Bill DeBerry and Doug Halsey as they take you behind the scenes and demystify the park's historic weapons program.
Fort Vancouver Podcast, Episode #1 (28.2 MB .MP3 file)
Did You Know?
Did you know that the McLoughlin House, a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site located in Oregon City, Oregon, in 1941 became one of the first national historic sites designated in the western United States? More...