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
Contact: Cassie Anderson, (360) 816-6247
VANCOUVER, WA - 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!
Campfires and Candlelight begins at Pearson Air Museum, which focuses on pre-World War II aircraft and features a dramatic lighting scheme to complement the candlelight ambience at the fort.
In the field between air museum and the fort, visitors stroll back in time along the park's Spruce Mill Trail, experiencing an evening of U.S. Army camps from multiple eras, Oregon Trail immigrants, and the residents of Fort Vancouver's Village. During dusk hours, teamsters kick up dust with a plowing demonstration of the horses and technology used by Hudson's Bay Company farmers and American immigrants in the 1840s.
Once inside the fort, time travel to September 13, 1846, a night the fort buzzed with activity as the Hudson's Bay Company organized a relief effort for the wreck of the American naval vessel the USS Shark at the mouth of the Columbia River. The crew was saved, but the ship was lost; see what various workers at Fort Vancouver do to help the Shark's officers and crew.
Schedule of events:
4:00 p.m. Pearson Air Museum opens
Plowing demonstration begins
Timeline of History opens: U.S. Army camps at the Vancouver Barracks: drills, laundry, black powder demonstrations and more throughout the evening
5:00 p.m. Mountain Howitzer (cannon) firing, Indian Wars Camp
6:00 p.m. Small arms demonstration, 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry Camp
7:00 pm. Mountain Howitzer (cannon) firing, Indian Wars Camp
8:00 p.m. Small arms demonstration, 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry Camp
9:00 p.m. Mountain Howitzer (cannon) firing, Indian Wars Camp
10:00 p.m. Last entry to the Timeline of History
WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 East 5th Street. Carpooling is encouraged; parking is limited. Event parking can be found at the gravel lot immediately north of the fort's garden, on 5th street, at the Visitor Center parking lot located at 1501 East Evergreen Blvd, and available parking areas within the Reserve. Handicap parking is available at the gravel lot immediately north of the fort's garden.
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2012. Pearson Air Museum and the Timeline of History open at 4:00 p.m. The reconstructed fort opens at 5:00 p.m. All event areas close at 10:00 p.m.
COSTS: Free. Pearson Air Museum and the reconstructed fort usually charge entrance fees - but not September 8, 2012!
IMPORTANT: The fort hours of operation will be 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. for the event on Saturday, September 8 (the reconstructed fort is not open for its regular 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. hours on September 8).
BACKGROUND: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of the 397 national parks which make up the National Park System and it is located in both Washington and Oregon. This national park is also the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve which is located in Vancouver, Washington. 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 - serve communities in Washington and Oregon and create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.