Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a treasure, not only for the local communities of Washington and Oregon, but for everyone. This site encompasses a wide range of historic periods and cultures that are reflected in its architecture and archeology. The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was formed in 2014 to encourage exploration and knowledge of this remarkable resource.
The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Washington.
Our mission is to inspire, inform and connect visitors, supporters, advocates and the community to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
We seek to increase knowledge and awareness of the Site, promote education, support stewardship, preservation, conservation, protection and maintenance of the Site and its heritage.
We assist the National Park Service and their volunteers, engage in fundraising and collaborate with other organizations to enhance the effect of our mission and goals.
We operate the Friends Shop located in the Visitor Center; with a variety of merchandise that celebrates and interprets the Site.
For Valentine's Day every year we host a 1940s USO style Sweetheart Dance at the Hangar at Pearson Airpark. Wearing period costume is encouraged so that people can experience what it may have been like to attend a USO dance during the years of World War II, when the Vancouver Barracks served as a training center and staging area for the Portland Subport of Embarkation.
All proceeds from our Memberships and fundraising activities are used to further our purposes in support of the educational and interpretative programs at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
To find out some history behind the black and white photograph of General Sully's funeral click CREDITS in the navigation bar.
The color photograph of the pen and ink is from Young Engagé School 22, "The Art of Writing with Quill and Ink." It is used courtesy of the National Park Service.