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Contact: John Salisbury, Park Guide, 503-656-5151
Contact: Tracy Hill, McLoughlin Museum Association Coordinator
Oregon City, OR - The National Park Service at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site announces the continuation of its popular Victorian Craft Demonstration series.
"These demonstrations provide a unique opportunity for people to experience a very important part of the lives of Victorian women," said Tracy Hill, McLoughlin Memorial Association Coordinator. "Some of the crafts featured are still popular today, and others are seldom done anymore."
"We're very excited about these programs," said Kimm Fox-Middleton, National Park Service Volunteer & Special Events Program Manager. "They are fun for all ages, and it allows people to see how crafts have changed from the 1800s until today."
The monthly programs feature demonstrations of a different type of craft, and will be held on Saturday afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. They will be held at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, located at 713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon. All events are free of charge.
· April's program will feature Beaded Flower-Making. The Victorians loved flowers, and fashioned delicate creations of beads and wire that would never fade. What better finishing touch could you add to a bonnet than a sparkling flower? The program will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
· May's program will focus Theorem Painting. This style of stenciling on various surfaces including velvet, silk, wood and paper was very popular in the early 1800s. Come and learn about this fascinating and almost-forgotten craft! The program will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Background: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is at 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.