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Basket Weaving demonstration 09/25

The Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site are excited to welcome the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (1501 E Evergreen Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661) for a basket weaving demonstration on September 25th. The public is welcome to drop in anytime between 11AM-3PM for this free community event, we hope to see ...
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Lillian Pitt - History Makers 2021

The Friends' are excited to announce that our partner artist Lillian Pitt is being honored by the Oregon historical Society as one of the four "History Makers" of 2021. This annual event honors contemporary individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. This years event will be hosted virtua...
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Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - Scavenger Hunt Activity!

 As children begin a new school year and many students begin learning in different and more virtual ways, the Friends of Fort Vancouver want to offer students and parents an activity that can offer an hour or two of fun and discovery on the grounds of Fort Vancouver. Using the attached PDF, illustrated with watercolors from local author, ...
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"Another Way of Saying God's Country"

image US Army mule drawn wagon, Vancouver Barracks, Washington
(Chapter 2: "Another Way of Saying God's Country") Washington residents never fully accepted the name of their territory and new state. The earliest pioneers criticized Congress for setting aside their local favorite, Columbia, in the 1853 legislation establishing a separate territorial administration for the northern regions of Oregon. During the ...
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Fourth of July Oration in Oregon (Excerpt from The Squibob Papers)

The Squibob PapersI.Fourth of July Oration in OregonCorrespondence"Fort Vancouver, W.T., June 15, 1856. John Pheonix, Esq., Sergt. Major, etc.""Dear Sir: -- I am requested by a number of your brother officers, and other gentlemen, to solicit you to deliver the oration at the celebration of the approaching Fourth of July, at this post."Very respectf...
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