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Apr
10

Jack Nisbet: Ancient Places

Jack Nisbet's book Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focuses on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods that have shaped our current landscape, mining, tribal rights and land use issues. Books will be available for purchase at the Friends Shop in the Visitor Cent...

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Mar
10

Diane Green-Hartley: Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother

​ Author Diane Green-Hartley's 2010 book Lillie's Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother tells the story of the author's great grandmother, Lillie Green, who participated in the little known, Army-sponsored 1930-1933 pilgrimages of over 6,000 American "Gold Star Mothers" to their son's World War I grave sites in France and Belgium. Throu...

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Sep
05

NPS Centennial Celebration Treats

The Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016.  While planning the celebration, the Friends of Fort Vancouver wondered; "What could we serve the folks who come for the celebration that would have been a treat in 1916?" Our Executive Director, Mary Rose, did some digging and found some surprising answers. In 1916 Nabisco was fairly new and the...

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Jun
07

Rinker Buck: The Oregon Trail, A New American Journey

Author Rinker Buck details his modern day crossing of 'The Oregon Trail' The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, recounts the author's experience recreating a covered wagon crossing of the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. In 2011, Rinker Buck made the journey from Missouri to Oregon with his brother, Nick, three mules, and their dog. In The Oregon Trail,...

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Apr
23

Toma Villa, Artist

Toma Villa, Artist

Toma Villa, a registered member of the Yakama Nation, has spent the last year working on the sculpture for the park's Visitor Center, in honor of the National Park Service's centennial year. The sculpture is now a permanent feature in the main lobby of the Center.  Villa calls his work Spirit Pole. The work features two poles, each carved from...

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