Marguerite & Eloise McLoughlin: Lecture, March 31, 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 first lecture, 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.