Jim Thayer: Hiking from Portland to Coast, May 6, 2017
Please join the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the National Park Service on May 6, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm for a talk and book signing event with Jim Thayer, author of Hiking from Portland to Coast, at the Visitor Center, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661. Mr. Thayer will discuss his latest book Hiking from Portland to Coast (OSU Press, 2016).
Mr. Thayer's previous book, Portland's Forest Hikesexplores hiking Forest Park and the wooded slopes leading almost to Scappoose, Oregon. Hiking from Portland to Coast is the extension of that prior book, starting in Scappoose and penetrating through the welter of peaks and valleys that make up the Oregon Coast range. One trail follows the Salmonberry River to Nehalem Bay; the other traverses the slopes of Saddle Mountain, emerging in Seaside, Oregon. The trails are arranged in loops, and inlace easy walks as well as challenging hikes.
What distinguishes Mr. Thayer's interpretive guides is his unique, thoroughly researched, fascinating, historical anecdotes that relate to the places one discovers through the hikes. It makes each hike come alive with its natural attributes, and with its special history.
James D. Thayer is a hiking enthusiast and local history buff. His website reflects his interest in both of those avocations.
Mr. Thayer grew up in a hamlet on the Austrian-German border. My father, Charles W. Thayer was a retired US diplomat well known for his best-selling memoirs about the early years of the Foreign Service. A renowned fly-fisherman and big game hunter, he wrote for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated. He also managed a large hunting reserve near the village of Ruhpolding. At 12, he was sent back to the United States, where he attended a boarding school to which all prior Thayers had been sent, an experience under which he did not thrive. During the holidays I returned to the Alps. Upon graduation I applied to Reed College, where I theorized that the notoriously poor weather would keep me indoors enough to complete my studies. It worked and I graduated in 1975, though by then I was mightily smitten by Oregon’s vast beauty.
Mr. Thayer earned my MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona. Upon his return to Portland he worked as a senior economic development executive, and later ran his own international trade consultancy, a relationship which allowed him to travel all the world. During the ‘90’s Mr. Thayer helped several high tech firms set up their international sales and marketing networks. Today, he teaches international marketing at PSU.
Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry: May 18, 2017
This special event, Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry, is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild. On May 18, 2017 Ed Carriere and Dale Croes will discuss their archaeology project that used both science and culture to replicate Native American cedar root baskets based on 2,000 year old fragments found near Duvall, Washington.
The event will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capital Highway, Portland, Oregon. A donation of $5 is suggested.
Dale Croes is director of Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society and Services, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. Ed Carriere is a Suquamish Elder and Master Basket Maker.
Photographs courtesy of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild. From top to bottom:
---Dale Croes (left) and Ed Carriere (Photo by Dale Croes).
---Original basket fragment from Biderbost archaeological site, now housed at the Burke Museum, Seattle.
---Suquamish Elder Ed Carriere made this basket to replicate on found at a Washington archeological site.
--Detail of basket (Photo credit: Sophie Bonomi, North Kitsap Herald)
You can learn more about the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild on their website.
Many thanks to the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild for telling the Friends about his event.
Mount St. Helens Talk with Peter Frenzen, May 20, 2017
The U.S. Forest Service & Friends of Fort Vancouver invite the public to attend: “Mount St. Helens: 37 Years of Ecosystem Development and Landscape Change” with Peter Frenzen, Monument Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled more than 200-square miles of forest and captured the imagination of volcano enthusiasts around the world. This summer, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will celebrate its 35th year of providing for the preservation and public enjoyment of one of North America’s youngest and most dynamic natural landscapes. The area surrounding the volcano has become an important laboratory for the study of volcanic processes and ecosystem response to large-scale disturbance. Peter will describe more than three decades of landscape change and lessons learned at one of the world’s most studied and accessible volcanoes. Repeat photographs will reveal amazing changes that have taken place in a matter of minutes, over decades, and during the volcano’s 2004-2008 dome-building eruption.
Peter Frenzen is Monument Scientist for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He is responsible for administering research and incorporating research findings into visitor information and education programs. He is a passionate advocate for inquiry-based science education and was part of a team that developed a hands-on science program for schools that has been implemented across the State of Washington.
During his 30-year career at Mount St. Helens, Peter has helped create award-winning exhibits, films, and engaging stories for numerous feature stories and science documentaries. He has also worked on international efforts to develop parks and protected areas to preserve natural ecosystems, reduce hazards exposure, and promote sustainable tourism in nearby communities. Peter has also served on wildfire Incident Management Teams for many years as a Public Information Officer.
Peter began his career studying ecosystem recovery following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens for which he received a MS degree in Forest Science at Oregon State University in 1983. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Washington where he received a BS in Forest Management with college honors.
Photos and images - from top to bottom:
Mount Saint Helens Erupting at Night, Paul Kane, 1847
Master Study: Mount Saint Helens, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902)
Whaleback, Mount Saint Helens Volcanic Crater, Steve Schilling, USGS, Cascades Volcano Observatory, 2005
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.