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Friends of Fort Vancouver: 2016 Year in Review

The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site wish to thank all of our supporters, volunteers, donors and members for this, our first full year.

We hope you will consider renewing your membership support for the coming year by visiting our webpage or stop by the Friends Shop at the Visitor Center.

If you are not currently a member, we invite you to join us.

Since the re-opening of the Visitor Center at the Site just over a year ago, with your help and support, we were able to accomplish the following:

Visitor Center Bookstore and Shop

Operation of the Bookstore and Shop at the Visitor Center featuring books (new, vintage and out of print) and unique items that encourage visitors to better understand and interpret the history of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Many items are appropriate for children, who can learn about the varied history of the area through trade bead necklaces, replica period toys, age appropriate books, and representations of native animals.

Featured Artists

Featured artists with special ties to the Site and the region, such as Native American artists Lilian Pitt (pictured) and Toma Villa, as well as Brigette McConville-Youdl' and Sara Scott-Atillapum, with artwork, jewelry and basketry.


Sweetheart Hangar Dance

Sponsor the Sweetheart Hangar Dance at Pearson Air Museum that features 1940s music and period dress and uniforms. Proceeds support programs and education at the Site. Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Sweetheart Dance, to be held February 11, 2017 at Pearson Air Museum from 7pm - 10pm: Visit our website to purchase pre-sale tickets. 


Author Lectures and Book Signings

Bring authors of books with ties to the heritage and environment of the Site for lectures and a book signing, including:

  • Rinker BuckThe Oregon Trail
  • Jack Nisbet, who was featured speaker at Bio Blitz (The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, among others)
  • Janet Fisher, whose lecture included a tour of the Fort, while discussing her novel The Sifting Winds
  • Amber Smith (pictured) author of Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • John Langellier, Fighting for Uncle Sam, Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army
  • Diane Green-Hartley, author of Lillie's Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother, the personal journey of a mother to the gravesite of her son who died and was buried in Europe during World War I

We help support a number of projects, events & workshops at the Site

  • Co-sponsored blacksmithing and carpentry speakers and workshops at the Site.
  • Through the work and support of the Gardening Guild we were able to make heritage seeds from the Fort Vancouver Garden available to the public.
  • Provide a means for supporters of guilds & volunteers at the Site to make tax deductible donations to the benefit of those groups.
  • Received a foundation grant to support the Kids Dig program for summer of 2017.
  • Received a substantial grant from the National Park Foundation as a part of their A Kid in Every Park program. Through this grant the Friends will reimburse travel costs to schools in the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts who cannot afford to transport Title I fourth graders to the Site for education.
  • Supported iTech Preparatory School for the field trip costs to gather the data necessary to create their "FVvr" virtual reality tour of Fort Vancouver.

The Friends actively recognize and support the partnership ties of the U.S. Forest Service to the Site through an annual birthday party for Smokey Bear, and co-sponsoring a welcome reception at the Barracks on January 7, 2017.

In conjunction with Christmas at the Fort, Friends hosted a Celebration of Birds at the Visitor Center on December 10, 2016 with activities for children and adults. Rangers from NPS and USFS decorated a tree with hand-made origami birds.

As partners and supporters, we join the National Park Service to welcome visitors, dignitaries and conference attendees to the Site.


For 2017 — we are looking forward to new directions and reinforcement of current activities

Receipt of City and County Washington Lodging Tax grants to develop an interpretive podcast program reflecting the heritage of Clark County through the Unheard Voices of Clark County Women through the Centuries, while encouraging visitors to spend more time in Vancouver through interpretation, education, and material culture and engage visitors through a unique website experience that reflects the varied history, people, voices, and trade of the Site, developing together a strong future for this exceptional place.


To our members, volunteers, participants, and donors:
Thank you for this wonderful year!

John Langellier: Buffalo Soldiers
Joy Ohearn, Artist

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