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Contact: Kimm Fox-Middleton, 360-816-6243
First Fridays at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Vancouver, WA - The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce its evening program series, First Fridays at the Fort. All programs will take place on the Fort Vancouver Parade Ground, at the Bandstand across from the Grant House. The scheduled dates are July 7, August 4, and September 1, beginning at 6:30pm.
July 7- Vintage Base Ball: Two Words, No Salaries
Just in time for Vintage Base Ball season, Park Ranger and one of the creators of the Vintage Base Ball in the county, Ranger Doug Halsey, will go into more depth about America’s Past Time in Clark County. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the game prior to the matches this season. The games will take place July 22 and August 19 at 6pm once again between the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the unit Battery F of the 2nd U.S. Artillery with the showing for Movie Season of baseball movies starring Robert Redford following the first match and Kevin Costner following the second match.
August 4- “Do Archaeologist Really Carry Bullwhips?”: Hollywood’s Misperception of Archaeology
Many have seen Hollywood’s most well known movie depicting archaeologist Harrison Ford, with his bullwhip, trying to save prized treasures. How much of what we see is fact and how much of what we see is fiction? Join Fort Vancouver Archaeologist Robert Cromwell and the team of Archaeology Field School Students in finding out the truth about archaeology. This fun packed program will offer professionals and novices alike a new way at looking at what archaeologists really do. Following the program and in partnership with the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, the showing for Movie Season will be the movie Archaeologist Cromwell will be referring in his program.
September 1- One Place Across Time: The Transition of a Landscape
How many times do we visit an area and comment on the changes that have occurred? The land surrounding Fort Vancouver and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve now occupied by homes and businesses has changed over time, once housing an orchard, dairy, agriculture fields, sawmill, gristmills, and more. Ranger Becky Railey will share with visitors about what this area looked like from the eyes of the American Indians, the changes that have occurred over time, and the impact it had regionally, nationally, and internationally.
“This year’s series of First Fridays at the Fort is exciting as we tell more of the story of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.” stated Program Manager Kimm Fox-Middleton “June’s program began with Ranger Bill DeBerry speaking about the Vancouver Barracks during the Indian Wars and continues on with other interesting topics.”
Background: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver’s role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.