Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress, March 4, 2017
For the entire month of March, women important in the history of the area will be honored in a special exhibit called Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress by local artist Hilarie Couture. The exhibit will be on display at the Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver.
The artist will give a short talk to open the exhibit at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Visitor Center.
In this video Ms. Couture talks about her portrait work and her approach.
Marguerite & Eloise McLoughlin: Lecture, March 15, 2017
National Park Service Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of Marguerite McLoughlin, wife of Fort Vancouver's Chief Factor, and her daughter Eloisa. Ms. Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these two women, who had front row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire.
"The historical record can be lacking when it comes to the lives of women at Fort Vancouver," said Huff, "but with the research that we have done, and through our exhibits and public programs, we are working to highlight the very important roles they played here. We want their stories to be a part of the overall history we share."
For a brief biography of Marguerite McLoughlin, visit NPS discussion here.
The daguerreotype of Marguerite McLoughlin is part of the Fort Vancouver museum collection. It is the only known image of her, and was likely taken in the later part of her life. NPS image, used by permission.
The Friends will host the lecture, being held at the Visitor Center on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7pm. The Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661.
A second engagement will take place on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 1pm at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, located at 713 Centre Street, Oregon City, OR, 97045.
The McLoughlin House in Oregon City is one of the oldest homes in Oregon, and is a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This unit of the national park also includes the Barclay House, which was owned by the family of Forbes Barclay, who served as Fort Vancouver's doctor for several years. For the month of March, a mid 19th century dress owned by his wife, Maria Pambrun Barclay, will be on display. The dress was recently acquired for the national park's museum collection.
Artist Lois Thadei, March 18,2017
On March 18, 2017 we will feature an artists talk and show of sculpture and jewelry by Alaskan Native American artist Lois Thadei; time of day to be announced. Lois will talk about her experiences learning to fly and being an airline mechanic in Clark County. Lois was a bush pilot in Alaska, and received her aviators "wheel rating" and learned to "dope and fabric" old aircraft from Clark County's Wally Olson. Ms Thadei 'commuted' between Ketchikan, Alaska and Vancouver, Washington through Seattle via pontoon plane to learn these skills from Wally Olson.
Lois Chichinoff Thadei is Aleut, born into a Tlingit and Haida community in Southeast Alaska, and an original voting shareholder in Sealaska Corporation (Juneau). She is a part of the fourth generation of Aleut artists displaced from the now - depopulated community on Unga Island in the Aleutian Chain.
Chichinoff Thadei's family is brimming with artists: her father, Louis Thadei, Jr., was a self-taught collagist; her aunt, Johanna Chichinoff Paddock Snyder, was a designer and skin sewer; her brother-Fred Lauth-is a cedar carver. Lois' work is dependent on the seasonal cycles and makes use of seasonal materials.
Click here to read the text of a 2010 radio interview with Lois Thadei by KUOW FM Seattle.
Memoir of Oregon Trail Journey, March 25, 2017
On March 25, 2017 the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will feature a talk and book signing for a newly released memoir written by a pioneer woman who crossed the continent in the first wagon train across the Oregon Trail.
Time and book details to follow.
Jack Nisbet Talk, March 29, 2017
On March 29, 2017, at 7pm at the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, author and naturalist Jack Nisbet will be giving a lecture based on an essay from his book Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing 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.
Signed books will be available for purchase at the Friends Shop in the Visitor Center.
You can discover more about the book Ancient Placeshere.
Mr. Nisbet will also be hosting an outdoor class for up to 25 people on March 29, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm. There is no fee for the class; although registration is required as places are reserved on a first come first serve basis by calling (360) 816-6244. The author will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using naturalist David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington The class will focus on flora and fauna studied by naturalist Douglas, as well as his relationship with tribal families and families of mixed ethnicity. Participants in the class will also explore David Douglas' personal story and the state of science at the time of his life.
Jack Nisbet has written a number of books on David Douglas, including The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest and David Douglas: a Naturalist at Work, An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest. Limited copies of both of these books are available at the Friends Shop.
The Friends operates the Friends Shop in the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. It is a great place for books (new and vintage) AND MORE - we have a wide range of items that are reflective of the history of the Site that make unique gifts. We have Lillian Pitt's art works (jewelry, statuary, charms and mini-masks; clickherefor more information), masks and prints by Toma Villa (the artist who created the "Spirit Pole" in the Visitor Center, click here for additional information), Pendleton goods, posters, postcards, historic photos, magnets, water bottles, leather trade bags, pins, trade beads, Indian bead work and baskets, stuffed animals, Jacobsen salt, canned salmon, as well as NPS Passports & 2016 Centennial items.
The US Forest Service is now at the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and US Forest Service regional maps are available for purchase at the Shop.
In conjunction with the "Celebration of Birds" at the Visitor Center on December 10, 2016 there are many bird themed items, ornaments and books.
New seeds from the Fort Vancouver Garden are now available.
In conjunction with the new exhibit at Pearson Air Museum, "A Red Bolt from the Blue," the Shop has stocked some beautiful Russian items. Items in this “Russian Collection,” including hand carved toys, Matryoshka (or nesting) dolls, lacquer pins, barrettes, boxes, and birch bark boxes are all handmade and intricately hand painted in Russia. Each item is a tiny work of art.
Matryoshka dolls were introduced to Russia from China over the “Silk Road” to Nizhny Novgorod in the late nineteenth century and soon after became a famous Russian tradition known throughout the world.
Birch Bark boxes and handcrafts were first developed in the birch forests of the Ural Mountains. Their patterns often reflect rugged mountainous scenes and animals of the forests.
Lacquerware is generally made of papier-mâché and for many it represents a high form of artistic talent. These are intricately hand painted, some reflecting Russian scenes, flowers and often fairy tales. Lacquer painting as an art form evolved from icon painting in Russia.
To educate individuals about the military history of the Site many books with a tie to military history and military themes are available.
In addition to Rinker Buck's book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, the Bookstore at the Visitor Center has stocked many vintage books for all age groups about the history and experience of the Oregon Trail.
We have stocked some unique cards and 8"x10" photographic posters from Tom Robinson's collection of historic photographs; Cards are $4, the 8"x10" posters retail for $10.
Lillian Pitt has also brought many of her baby animal mini-masks and some additional sterling silver jewelry to the Shop.
We have wonderful cedar bark baskets of the type traditionally used for huckleberry gathering, bead work, barrettes, necklaces and earrings by Native artists. We have cards by Anne John (whose paintings are featured in the theater at the Visitor Center), posters, toys and much more that reflects the people, cultures and eras that are represented at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
The collection of vintage and out-of-print books at the Shop cover a variety of topics, people and histories that interact with the Site. The collection is unique and well worth spending some time with. Please visit us soon to meet some Friends and do some shopping.
Friends Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm. All items sold at the Shop interpret the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
“I've spent a lot of time learning about my ancestors and studying the designs that they created ... their rock carvings, their baskets, beaded bags, dresses, the tools they used ... my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals. This maintains my link with tradition and acknowledges the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.” - Lillian Pitt, Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama
The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has worked together with Pendleton Woolen Mills to arrange for an exclusive, limited run of 125 “River People” blankets. The blanket was designed by Lillian Pitt and measures 64”x80". The material content is 82% wool and 18% cotton; the edges are felt bound. The blanket is made in the USA by Pendleton Woolen Mills. Pendleton recommends dry cleaning only. The blanket sells for $249.00, exclusive of tax and shipping.
Blankets are now in stock in the Bookstore at the Visitor Center at 1105 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661. If you out of town and are interested having a blanket shipped to you, please contact us.
This holiday season we will be featuring this special blanket, as well as other Pendleton items.