McLoughlin House May 2012 Events

Barclay House ready for new roof
The Barclay House roof is cleared and ready for cedar shakes.

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News Release Date: May 8, 2012

Contact: Heidi Pierson, 503-656-5151

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, McLoughlin House Unit



May 8, 2012



Heidi Pierson, 503-656-5151, e-mail us


OREGON CITY, OR - The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has some exciting events coming in May, beginning with a new roof for the Barclay House. Come see the new roof on Saturday the 12th while enjoying a tour or our Victorian Cultural Demonstration. Bobbin Lace will be taught and demonstration Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm. Bobbin lace is made by crossing, twisting and braiding threads around a pattern pinned to a lace pillow, each thread is wound on a separate bobbin to better control the process.

Bobbin lace is often used to make delicate collars and trim; come and see how simple this complex-looking craft can be. "These demonstrations have something for everyone," said Museum Specialist Heidi Pierson, "seeing how our return visitors love this program inspires staff and visitors to try something creative. Visitors of all ages enjoy learning something new and making it their own, it is wonderful to see." The Bobbin Lace hands-on demonstration is part of our ongoing Victorian Cultural Demonstration series, for more information please visit our website:

In addition to the Bobbin Lace demonstration on Saturday May 12th, we will be showing off the brand-new Barclay House roof. The current roof will be replaced with a more historically accurate cedar shake roof, similar to the one on the McLoughlin House. "We are very pleased, as the roof has needed replacement for some time," according to Facility Manager Alex Patterson. "It will give the Barclay House a whole new look."

The first of our 2012 Brown Bag Lecture Series will be on May 17 from Noon to 1:00 pm. The theme for this year's series is Strange, Scandalous, and Shocking Tales from the Oregon Country. We are thrilled to have Fort Vancouver Archaeologist Dr. Robert Cromwell here to deliver his lecture "You Will No wonder What Speculation I have Made:" The Archaeology of the ca. 1852-1860 U.S. Army Sutler's Store and Ulysses S. Grant's Role at Vancouver Barracks. "This fascinating lecture illustrates how historical archaeologists at Fort Vancouver use a combination of historical research and archaeology," said Heidi Pierson, "to tell a little-known story about one the most famous men to have been stationed at the Vancouver Barracks."

The McLoughlin Memorial Association (MMA) is celebrating its 103rd anniversary!Join us for a Founder's Day ice cream social on May 19 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Barclay House, as we honor the people whose foresight and persistence preserved the McLoughlin House for generations to come. Stop by and visit with members of today's MMA, listen to a bit of music, or take a tour of the McLoughlin House.

Brown Bag Lecture: Thursday, May 17, from Noon to 1:00 pm. "You Will No wonder What Speculation I have Made:" The Archaeology of the ca. 1852-1860 U.S. Army Sutler's Store and Ulysses S. Grant's Role at Vancouver Barracks. Dr. Robert Cromwell, Fort Vancouver Archaeologist.

Bobbin Lace Demonstration: Saturday, May 12, from Noon to 4:00 pm. This is a drop-in program, so come by any time between Noon to 4:00 pm.

McLoughlin Memorial Association Founder's Day Event: Saturday, May 19, from Noon to 3:00 pm.


The McLoughlin House was added to the National Park System in 2003 as a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The house is restored to honor the life and accomplishments of John McLoughlin, the "Father of Oregon." The graves of McLoughlin and his wife Marguerite are next to the house, as is the home of Dr. Forbes Barclay, a Hudson's Bay Company associate, and his wife Maria. The McLoughlin House Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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