Dance fans - mark your calendar and dust off your saddle shoes!! The Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is hosting a 1950s Swing Dance at Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661) on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 7:00-10:00pm. Though you don't need to dress in vintage 1950s era clothing - it is definitely welcome. Music is provided by the VanPort Jazz Band. There is a no host bar. Ticket sales are limited; all tickets will be sold in advance (no tickets at the door). Tickets are $30 each - available here. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Bookstore at the Visitor Center (1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661) during Shop hours.
Proceeds benefit education and programs at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. See you there!
Cynthia Landrum, The Valley of the Kings, September 30, 2017
Friends of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site are pleased to welcome Cynthia Landrum, PhD to discuss her book The Valley of the Kings: Rehabilitation of the People of the Columbia River and Pacific Rim through Ceremonialism.
Dr. Landrum will be at the Visitor Center on Wednesday, September 20, 2017; from 1pm to 3pm.
From the publisher (J. Charlton Publishing Ltd.) It has been suggested that the wars fought between the Peoples indigenous to Turtle Island and the Euro-Americans were more than just over land – they were wars of the mind. It has been further suggested that the American mainstream still thinks in a linear fashion, which is different from the circular fashion of traditionalists. These two world views continue to be at odds when both are not realized, “as by one not knowing the other one.” This neglect presumes there is only one correct way of thought-the linear way-which implicitly compounds the long-term national problem of geographic dislocation and the negative aspects of alcohol (and other substances) once they were systematically introduced into Native populations through trade; as the “larger ripple” of colonization continues to manifest itself in new and unanticipated ways.
Within The Valley of the Kings, Cynthia Landrum, PhD explores the outcomes of the colonization process in respect to drugs and alcohol use among Pacific Northwest tribes and how it impacts individuals and communities: spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and socially over time. Further, Dr. Landrum examines the survival of the individual, traditions and cultures, assimilation “norms” versus traditions, and the Native traditions and ceremonies in place to remedy ongoing addiction issues.
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.
The Friends operates the Friends Shop in the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Friends Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - 5:00pm. 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 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.
Vintage Easter cards for sale and new seeds from the Fort Vancouver Garden are now available.
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.
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.