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Contact: Kimm Fox-Middleton, 360.816.6243
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Vancouver, WA - The National Park Service is pleased to announce its annual Christmas at Fort Vancouver special event. On Saturday, December 9, 2006, the halls will be decked with boughs of holly as Fort Vancouver National Historic Site helps bring the holiday season to life at this historic British fur trading post.
This festive event will focus on what the Hudson’s Bay Company employees would have been doing in the 1840s to prepare for the annual festivities surrounding Christmas and the New Year. “From games to craftwork to storytelling, Fort Vancouver’s annual event will give the visitor an opportunity to experience first hand some of the activities that the Hudson’s Bay Company employees may have been carrying out during the holidays,” explained Ranger Kimm Fox-Middleton, the park’s Special Events Program Manager.
During the day-long event, visitors will be able to participate in many of the hands-on activities including making holiday toys, playing games of the time, enjoying period music, learning the skills of doing Victorian Handcrafts, listening to holiday stories, and observing a black powder program that interprets the tradition of duck hunting.
“With a fresh focus this year on hands-on activities and demonstrations, the staff and volunteers at Fort Vancouver are offering new and creative opportunities that are aimed to attract our regular dedicated cadre of visitors and also connect with many first-time visitors,” exclaimed Greg Shine, the park’s Chief Ranger.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to visit and join the holiday spirit at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the event, please call the Visitor Center at 360.816.6230. A schedule of the day’s activities will be announced in early December and will be posted on the park’s website. To find out about this and other programs and events at Fort Vancouver please visit our new website at www.nps.gov/fova.
What: Christmas at Fort Vancouver Special Event
When: Saturday, December 9, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA
How Much: Admission $3.00 per person, $5.00 per family, children 15 and under free
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.