Workshops with Felting Artist Juneko Martinson: December 16, 2017
The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invite you to register now to learn to make hand felted critters for the holidays with fiber artist Juneko Martinson at a Beginner's Felting Workshop to be held on three Saturdays in late November and early December.
The pre-paid workshop fee of $25 includes an all-inclusive kit with natural fibers, materials and tools for ONE of the little animals at ONE workshop.
Workshops are held from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Visitor Center Conference Room located at 1501 East Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661.
Select the critter you would like to learn to make - then choose the corresponding date for your workshop:
(COMPLETED) Saturday, November 25, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM -- Snowy Spotted Owl
(COMPLETED) Saturday, December 02, 2017 – 10AM to 1 PM -- Hedgehog
Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 10AM to 1 PM – Raccoon
Reservations & payments must be made at the Friends Bookstore Desk (cash/check/credit/debit) or by calling 360-816-6216 (credit or debit only).
Workshop Reservations must be prepaid ($25) at time of registration. Price is $25 per workshop, per person. Reservations are non-refundable, but if you find you are unable to attend they may be transferred to another date, if available, or to another person (12 years or older).
You can learn to make one of these adorable animals!
2017 Fall and Winter Lantern Tours
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce this season's dates for our annual Lantern Tours at the national park. The Lantern Tour Series offers attendees an opportunity to view many of the resources of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in a different light - at night, on foot, and by candle lantern!
Reservations are currently being accepted through the Bookstore at the Visitor Center (see details below in bold print). Reservations for all Lantern Tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of the reservation. The Lantern Tour season runs from October through February each year. This season, the park is offering two different types of Lantern Tours: one which explores the reconstructed 19th century Hudson's Bay Company Fort Vancouver, and another of the U.S. Army's Vancouver Barracks.
Both Lantern Tours meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E Fifth Street. All tours start at 7 pm. Due to program length, these tours are recommended for children ages 10 and over. Reservations are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 15 and under.
Lantern Tour I: An Evening at the Fort Dates: December 16, 2017; January 27, 2018; February 17, 2018. "An Evening at the Fort" is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company fort at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a park ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park's Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver. "The reconstructed Fort Vancouver in the evening is quite an experience, with candlelit buildings, interpreters in historical costume, and each visitor with their own lantern walking under the night sky," said Park Guide Scott Irvine, program coordinator. "When the sun goes down and the city is quiet, it is easy to envision what this place was like in the 1840s."
Lantern Tour II: Walking Vancouver Barracks Dates: January 20, 2018; February 3, 2018. "Walking Vancouver Barracks" Lantern Tours will tour visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in inclement weather, including rain and mud, and therefore, this tour is recommended for visitors with out mobility restrictions.
RESERVATIONS Reservations are required for all Lantern Tours. To make reservations, prospective attendees can call the bookstore at the park's Visitor Center, managed by the non-profit Friends of Fort Vancouver, at (360) 816-6216. Payment for the tour must be made at the time of the reservation. Payment will NOT be accepted on the evening of the tour. National Park Passes do not cover this special program. Reservations are final and non-refundable. Paid reservations or receipts are transferable. Changes to reservations may be made up to noon the day before the tour, allowing those on the waiting list an opportunity to attend.
Parking is available at the lot adjoining the reconstructed Fort Vancouver at 1001 E Fifth Street. This parking lot will open at 6:30 pm.
Attendees are requested to please arrive no later than 6:45 pm to allow time to park, present their ticket, and get oriented.
Photographs courtesy of the National Park Service.
2018 Sweetheart Dance, February 10, 2018
The Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's annual Sweetheart Hangar Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 7pm-10pm at Pearson Air Museum. The Museum is located at 1115 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. We are pleased to announce that music will be provided by VanPort Jazz Band.
Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Friends Shop at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver WA, 98661 and online.
U.S. and Allied World War II uniforms and period dress are welcome but not required.
This year's dance is dedicated to all the veterans of our nation and to the men and women on the home front during World War II who built ships in our region, raised healthy crops to supply the troops, and preserved this country as our home.
This is one of the primary fundraisers for the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and proceeds benefit education programs at the Site.
Artist Lillian Pitt: _Eclipse Over Warm Springs Nation_, Special Edition Jewelry
Native American Artist Lillian Pitt has created a limited edition jewelry series entitled Eclipse Over the Warm Springs Nation in commemoration of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.
The pendant, earrings and ring are available through the Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Pre-orders are now being accepted through the Friends with a deposit of $50. Each piece of jewelry is hand cast sterling silver; the pendant is $180; the earrings are $270 and the ring is priced at $230. A sterling silver chain for the pendant is available for $55. Inquire by email or by calling the Bookstore at (360) 816-6216 (Tuesday through Saturday). For an additional $5 your order can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
Friends Shop at the Visitor Center
The Friends operates the Friends Shop in the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Friends Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am - 4:00pm. All items sold at the Shop interpret 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 art by internationally known Native American artist Lillian Pitt (jewelry, statuary, charms, ceramic tiles, masks and mini-masks), her extraordinary wood River People blanket woven by Pendleton, felted animals by artist Juneko Martinson, jewelry and fused glass by Lois Thadei. The Shop has a very good variety of Pendleton items, as well as posters, postcards, historic photos, magnets, water bottles, leather trade bags, pins, trade beads, Indian bead work and baskets, stuffed animals, Jacobsen salt, honey, canned salmon, as well as NPS Passports, puzzles and toys.
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 as well as hiking and mushroom guides.
Seed packets with heirloom seeds gathered by the Gardening Group at the Fort Vancouver Garden are available for sale.
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 inform individuals about the Native American and military history of the Site there are many books with ties to veterans, and military and naval history are available. We also stock handmade wooden officer's sabers.
In addition to Rinker Buck's book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, and many of Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novels. The Bookstore has many vintage books for all age groups about the history and experience of the Oregon Trail, Native history and Fort Vancouver and the Hudson's Bay Company.
We have postcards, notecards, pins, patches and badges as well as Smokey Bear memorabilia.
We have wonderful cedar bark baskets of the type traditionally used for huckleberry gathering, bead work, barrettes, necklaces and earrings by Native artists, including Aleut artist Lois Thadei. We have cards, 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.
River People Blanket
“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.