Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a living history museum, where costumes play a central role in recreating the historic scene and helping interpreters present quality programs.
Our Costume Department is run by a dedicated crew of volunteers who procure, fabricate, catalog, and research appropriate attire and accessories. Specializing in the fur trade and early military eras of the Pacific Northwest (1825-1945), they meticulously reproduce both patterns and costumes from museum originals or period illustrations. Authenticity is important in every detail, from correct fabric to hand-sewn seams and buttonholes.
Interpreters at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks can choose from over 5,000 items or, for special events, costumes may be made to order.
Whether outfitting French-Canadian trappers or the members of the Vancouver Occidentals Base Ball Club, the Costume Department focuses on the "look" of the past to enhance our telling of history today.