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Audio Described Park Brochure

Welcome to the audio-described version of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's official print brochure. This audio description was created through UniDescription, a collaboration between the University of Hawaii, the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Parks UK, Nigeria National Park Service, The Kennedy Center, the American Council of the Blind, The Hawaii-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, The University of Hawaii Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Blinded Veterans Association, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Canadian Council of the Blind, and Montana Banana.
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Through text and audio descriptions of photos, paintings, illustrations, and maps, this version interprets the two-sided color brochure that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site visitors receive. The brochure explores the history of the park, some of its highlights, and information for planning your visit. This audio version has been divided into 23 sections as a way to improve the listening experience. Sections 1 and 2 introduce this audio-described brochure and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site itself. Sections 3 to 12 cover the front of the brochure and include information regarding the 19th century Fort Vancouver fur trading post, artifacts found at the site from native people, fur traders, and the military, and the site's transition to a US Army post in the 1850s. Sections 13 to 23 cover the back of the brochure, which consists of a description and photos of the site in the early 20th century, descriptions of the history of Pearson Field, a large map of the site including park features and wayfinding information, a smaller location map of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the McLoughlin House, a small photo of McLoughlin House, information about getting to the park, accessibility, safety regulations, and contact information for the national park. This audio description is also available on the UniD app for Android and the UniD app for iOS.
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Multisensory Experiences at Fort Vancouver

During a visit to Fort Vancouver, visitors may immerse themselves in history through multisensory experiences. Join a Ranger-led tour and feel the pelts that trappers gathered here in the 19th century. Check out a copy of the braille brochure for the day. Walk the landbridge trail and listen to sounds of the river, trains, and planes. On demonstration days, smell the foods that people would have eaten here in history inside of the historic kitchen.

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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