Upcoming Open House Highlights Youth Volunteers at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Young man and woman in period costume dress
Youth volunteer Daniel Wall poses with Youth Volunteer Program Adult Aide Tiffany Wilcox. Both are part of the national park's Youth Volunteer Program.

NPS Photo by Junelle Lawry

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News Release Date: July 18, 2017

Contact: Bob Cromwell, Chief of Interpretation, 360-816-6253

Contact: Eileen Trestain, 360-816-6259

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s Youth Volunteer Program will host an Open House at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. At the open house, students and adult aides from the program will demonstrate historic skills they have learned, and share what the school program has to offer for youth participants.

The Youth Volunteer Program is designed for youth ages 10 to 18, and is divided into two interacting tracks: the Dame School and the Young Engagé School. Both tracks are modeled after historic schools and other ways in which youth learned and developed skills at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. Students in the program learn about the history of Fort Vancouver, and about everyday life in the 1800s. Students also develop hands-on skills in costumed and basic interpretation and gain practical experience in cultural demonstrations and other public programs.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Chief of Interpretation Bob Cromwell said, “The Youth Volunteer Program at this national park is a unique and wonderful way for young people to learn about history, and to gain important skills that will help them become great volunteers at our living history events.” Cromwell continued, “Many of the skills they learn in the program – public speaking, making presentations, and communicating effectively – will also help them excel in their academic life and future careers.”

To learn more about the Youth Volunteer Program, visit https://go.usa.gov/xR3FP

What: Youth Volunteer Program Open House

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: $5 for adults, youth ages 15 and under are free

Poster showing information on open house and image of Dame School students dancing

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Last updated: August 6, 2017

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