Second Year School Curriculum

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Second Year School is available to students who have successfully completed Dame School or Young Engagé School. Second Year School is a six month program, one Saturday a month, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

While both first year programs ensure that students grasp a solid understanding of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) era at Fort Vancouver, the second year program exposes students to what came after the HBC. Study subjects continue with 19th century knowledge and skills, and include Oregon Trail history, American military arrivals, and the influence of the Gold Rush years. Educational tracks include an introduction to beadwork, nineteenth century medicine and apothecary, gardening, watercolor painting, scrimshaw, penny whistle, and other topics. The second year program also expands on diversity awareness, research, archaeology, and other topics integral to the history of the park. Skills in first person interpretation are emphasized.

Prospective Second Year students need to send a note/letter stating their wish to continue in the training program, either as a Second Year student or in either of the first year programs, which are available. It is possible for Second Year students to take more than one track at a time. Letters of intent to continue should be mailed to the Youth Interpreter Training Program, 612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661, and must arrive before October 1st.


Last updated: August 10, 2017

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