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Madi Hantho

Madi Hantho

Madi is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Fort Vancouver National Trust. 

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Fort Vancouver National Trust now seeks donors to help with renovations

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

With donors following through on their pledges, the Fort Vancouver National Trust has officially acquired downtown Vancouver's historic Academy.

Mike True, president of the National Trust, said Monday that the nonprofit group "took legal ownership of the Academy and surrounding property, effective Jan. 30."

The acquisition hasn't really been in doubt since Trust officials announced six weeks ago they were acquiring the brick landmark at 400 E. Evergreen Blvd.

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The Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC) is proud to announce that Mr. Marlin Martin is the recipient of this year's Volunteer of the Year award.  PFEC's mission is to educate and inspire youth in the Pacific Northwest about the golden age of aviation. Marlin's incredible commitment to delivering quality STEM-based educational programs helped us reach our educational goals in 2014.

Marlin began his journey in education in 1963 when he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at La Verne College in California. It was also in 1963 that Marlin's passion for aviation began when he took his first flight in a Cessna 140, and then soloed in a Cessna 150 out of Ontario Airport, CA.

He then went on to Long Beach State to earn his teaching credentials, and began as a teacher for nine years in La Puente, CA. He pursued teaching at Rowland Heights High School for 12 years in the areas of Physics and Chemistry before moving to Washougal, WA where he continued teaching high school students in Portland, OR at Lincoln High School.

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Event Date: December 31, 2014

Time Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Time Event Begins: 6:30 PM

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Fort Vancouver National Trust's Academy Campaign Chair, Ed Lynch, announced today that the Trust is purchasing the historic Academy building in downtown Vancouver from the Hidden family. "Acquiring and preserving the Academy is critically important as one of the most significant historic buildings in the region.  The Academy embodies the work of its most iconic resident, Mother Joseph, which means it also has national stature."

Following a two-year fundraising campaign, acquisition of the Academy and surrounding property is the first of a three-phase initiative to acquire, renovate and preserve the building, and develop the surrounding property.

Opened in 1873, the Academy served as a school and orphanage, and as the permanent home of the Sisters of Providence.  It was designed and built by Mother Joseph, who went on to establish twenty-nine hospitals, schools, and orphanages throughout the Northwest.  Because of her remarkable achievements, Mother Joseph represents the State of Washington in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.

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The Board of Directors of the Fort Vancouver National Trust announced that Elson Strahan has indicated his intent to step down from his position as president and CEO of the Trust following the completion of the Academy capital campaign and acquisition of the property.

"After nearly 12 years, I will have achieved my primary goals with the anticipated completion of the capital campaign and purchase of the Academy site in downtown Vancouver," explains Strahan. "We are finishing a new strategic planning process and this seems the perfect opportunity to hand over the reins to Mike True, who I have worked closely with over the past 10 years."

Steve Horenstein, board chair of the Trust, shared the transition plan, which includes naming True to the position of President, giving him responsibility for the full operations of the Trust and implementation of the strategic plan. Strahan will remain CEO while he completes fundraising and negotiations for the acquisition of the Academy property, and seeks funding for initial renovations.

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Christmas at Fort Vancouver is one of the most magical days of the year with activities occurring throughout the site - including the reconstructed Fort Vancouver and the Marshall House on Officers Row. Join us on Saturday, December 13th for this annual event!

Inside Fort Vancouver, experience the sights and sounds of the 1800's holiday season. Christmas at Fort Vancouver demonstrates how the employees at Hudson's Bay Company celebrated the festive time around Christmas and New Year's Day. After months of hard work, it was one of the few times of the year when the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company were off from work and able to celebrate. Enjoy family-friendly holiday crafts such as wreath making, caroling, children's games, holiday music, and blacksmithing and black powder demonstrations at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. Make sure to stock up on unique holiday gifts at the Visitor Center bookstore at Pearson Air Museum, open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular admission applies to activities inside the Fort.

After marking the occasion as the employees did in the 1840's, enjoy photo opportunities with Santa at the Marshall House. Cider and hot chocolate will be available as well as a letter-writing station where children can write their wish list to Santa. Also, take a tour of the beautifully decorated Victorian house and learn about how General Marshall enjoyed Christmas while living on Officers Row. We hope to see you there!

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The beautiful Marshall House, located on Officers Row in the Fort Vancouver National Site, will be hosting a Historic Tea Party on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Choices of Harney & Sons fine teas will be served to compliment the mouth-watering sweet and savory food items that will be served. This tea will be autumn-themed with beautiful seasonal decorations.

Guests will be dining on English transferware, a type of pottery that has a pattern applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and finally to the pottery body. The process was developed in the second half of the 18th Century in response to the need of the newly emerging English middle-class for less expensive tableware. Though many factories claim responsibility for the origin of the process, it was likely a combination of men and materials that came together in the English country of Staffordshire, where pottery had been made since the 16th century.

Fort Vancouver has the largest collection of Spode/Copeland English transferware pottery artifacts in the world. The Hudson's Bay Company had an almost exclusive contract to supply their transferware table wares from 1836 to the 20th century. Come and enjoy this beautiful tableware at the next Marshall House Tea. We hope to see you there!

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust will be presenting the 2014 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, August 3, 2014 along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington. The venue is just across the river from Portland, Oregon making the event easily accessible for the automobile enthusiasts from around the state or around the country.

Over 100 classic cars restored to showroom polish will be on display on the grounds of Officers Row. “The Concours is not a speed event, but one of elegance and excellence,” said Columbia River Concours founder Keith Ansell, “Vehicles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit, elegance, and style. The best receive the recognition and awards they deserve.”

Awards for Best in Show, Best in Class, and Second and Third in Class will be presented. The Senior or Special Judge may also give “Specialty Awards” for cars of unusual merit. 

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The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a dinner Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured a keynote address by Rick Drake, Director of Corporate Relations & Associate Director of Development of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2014 recipients.

At the event, Matthew Bisturis was honored as the 2014 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. He is the 25th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of one-time Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

Matthew Bisturis has lived and worked in Vancouver, Washington since 2007. In his nomination form, David G. Bristol wrote, “Since the beginning of his legal career, Matt has exemplified himself as a professional and an enthusiastic leader in this community. He volunteers his time to the Washington Small Business Development Center through WSU, which provides advice, training and research to businesses in Southwest Washington.” In addition, Matt “volunteers in teaching two classes on the topic of business formations to students enrolled at WSU. He serves on the board of the Parks Foundation of Vancouver and Clark County and donates his time to Leadership Clark County.”

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center has been presented with the NW Spirit of Aviation Airport Award from the Washington Aviation Association (WAA).

As described in the WAA 2014 NW Aviation Conference & Trade Show Program, “The Northwest Spirit of Aviation Awards are hosted by the Washington Aviation Association. These awards were initiated to highlight and honor individuals and local businesses who have displayed extraordinary passion and commitment to the aviation industry.”

After moving out of the Pearson Air Museum in February 2013, Aviation Education Center Director Laureano Mier moved the Trust’s Aviation Education programs to a storage hangar on Pearson Field that would later be named the Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC). After moving, Mier and his dedicated team of volunteers put many hours of hard work into replicating the educational environment that once lived in the museum.

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Each year, The Fort Vancouver National Trust has honored two outstanding citizens on the behalf of General George C. Marshall: one adult, and one senior high school student. On March 26th, the Trust will honor these exceptional nominees and recipients at the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Dinner.

Instituted in 1989, the Public Leadership Award is given to a community member (age 35 or younger) who demonstrates commitment to public service and leadership potential. The award commemorates General Marshall’s two-year residence in Vancouver and honors his legacy as a world statesman. Nominees for this award must be 35 or younger, a resident of Clark County and four-year college graduatePublic Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee and is based on nominations, written essays and interviews.

The Marshall Youth Leadership Award was established in 2000 to be presented to a high school age individual who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Youth Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee based on nominations, nominee responses to nominee form questions and interviews.

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r-holcomb-3323The Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC) is proud to announce that Kjer (middle) and Kaya (left) Galbraith have been selected by their PFEC peers to be the 2013 Volunteers of the Year. The incredible amount of talent, integrity, humility, dedication to duty, and loyalty that exists in the Pearson Field Education Center’s group of volunteers makes this annual honor very challenging. In spite of these considerations, it was unanimously decided to honor these two inspiring individuals. This is the first time in the history of selecting a Volunteer of the Year that two volunteers have been selected instead of just one.

Kaya and Kjer each bring separate outstanding qualities to our team that made this selection obvious. They have worked, together and separately, in many different areas of our operation. They are always present at our popular summer aviation camps, Open Cockpit days, EAA Young Eagles programs, Aviation Fairs and our lecture series. Additionally, they have volunteered at the Festival of Trees, Christmas at Pearson, Celebrate Pearson Field Day, and have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves and ensure that our aircraft, collection, and artifacts are clean and ready for viewing by the public.

Kaya is currently involved in the Teen Flight project for Airway Science for Kids program that is building a Van’s Aircraft RV-12, and Kjer is currently enrolled at Clark College in the Running Start program, and has graduated June 2013 from Seattle Museum of Flight’s Washington Aerospace Scholars program as a team leader. Both are bilingual in English and German, CPR certified, proficient in our flight computer operations, and have mastered the American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with our deaf visitors. They also have the distinction of receiving a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to their community by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

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The Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee and the Marshall Youth Leadership Award selection committee are seeking nominations for the annual General George C. Marshall Public and Youth Leadership Awards. These awards are part of the Celebrate Freedom programs organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Nominees for the adult Marshall Public Leadership Award must be a resident of Clark County, be 35 years of age or under and have completed a four-year college degree. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Award benefits for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award (adult) include:

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Christmas at Fort Vancouver is one of the most magical days of the year with activities occurring throughout the site—including Fort Vancouver and the Marshall House on Officers Row.

Inside Fort Vancouver, experience the sights and sounds of the 1800’s holiday season. Christmas at Fort Vancouver displays how the employees at Hudson’s Bay Company celebrated the festive time around Christmas and New Year’s Day. After months of hard work, it was one of the few times in the year when the employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company were off from work and able to celebrate. Mark the occasion as the employees did in the 1840’s, and enjoy photo opportunities with Santa at the Marshall House, letter writing to soldiers overseas, wreath and handcraft making, nonalcoholic holiday beverages, holiday stories, holiday artifacts, children’s games, holiday music and dancing, and blacksmithing and black powder demonstrations! Regular admission to the Fort applies.

Stock up on unique holiday gifts at the Visitor Center bookstore, open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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“There are actually three different jobs that I do,” explained Fred Munhoven, “preservation, restoration, and renovation – and they have to be done in that order.” Fred is the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Restoration Preservation Specialist. Throughout the years as Mother Nature has taken her toll on the historic army homes and barracks, it has been imperative that vital repairs and renovations be made in order to preserve these vintage buildings. Stressing the importance of maintaining historical accuracy of his restorations and renovations, Fred works diligently at preserving the authentic character of each building. During his five years working with the Trust, Fred has always followed a practice that gives historical accuracy precedence over long-term endurance. He explained that, “a plastic railing may last longer, but overtime Mother Nature will find a way to deteriorate that too. Why not create a new wooden railing as accurately as possible instead and give the next craftsman a chance to recreate it again?” Fred prides himself on making preservative repairs that will not have to be touched again for at least three generations. Likewise, while making renovations, he is known to put time capsules in the buildings to be discovered by these future generations to give them a peek into the past. “I don’t do this for my kids, or my grandkids, or even my great grandkids. I do this to leave a picture behind of Fort Vancouver’s history for those far in the future to discover.” 

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Last week and this week vandals sprayed graffiti on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site headquarters building.  The graffiti made reference to the operation of Pearson Air Museum and also included threatening language.  Our three organizations condemn this behavior.  This does not represent our values or the community in which we live and serve.  It is well known that there has been a disagreement over the operation of the Pearson Air Museum within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.  However, we are working to resolve the disagreement through mediation.  We are making progress and plan to keep working through our differences in a constructive and thoughtful manner. We intend to continue to leverage the strengths of each of our organizations for the benefit of Vancouver National Historic Reserve and the public.  We support each other’s efforts within the Reserve and the larger community.  We ask that our community do the same.  Acts such as this vandalism do not help any of us.

Eric Holmes – City Manager, City of Vancouver
Tracy Fortmann – Superintendent, National Park Service, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Elson Strahan – President and CEO, Fort Vancouver National Trust

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Jane Cook wins competition by raising largest donation total

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has reported that Saturday’s Dancing with the Local Stars raised $170,000. The net proceeds will support the Trust’s programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

The September 7th dance competition at the Hilton Vancouver was attended by nearly 400people. Nine local “stars” were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors and taught dance routines. The community was encouraged to “vote” for their favorite dancer with their dollars both online and at the event. The dancer who raised the most money was declared the winner.

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Congratulations to our Sustainer of the Trust Membership Drive winners: Duane and Peggy Lansverk! Duane and Peggy, long-time supporters of the Trust, recently upgraded their membership to the Sustainer of the Trust level to enter in for our drawing for two (2) Alaska Airlines tickets to anywhere Alaska flies, with no restrictions!

Community leader, Ed Lynch, challenged the Trust to raise $50,000 in three months to fund vital community programming and aviation programs! If we met this goal by July 31, 2013, he would match each dollar raised, up to $50,000. 

Sustainers of the Trust can provide support at levels of $50, $20, or $10 a month with a minimum commitment of 12 months. 

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust is excited to present nine local community leaders who will take the stage at Dancing with the Local Stars, a fundraiser for the Trust, on September 7th at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver.

2013 Dancing with the Local Stars Participants:

  • Rob Cloke, Personal Trainer, NW Personal Training
  • Jane Cook, Social Media Strategist
  • Linda Glover, Executive Director, Gifts for Our Community/Divine Consign
  • Amit Gosalia, Audiologist and President/Owner, Audiology Clinic, Inc.
  • Bart Hansen, Vancouver City Council Member
  • Jim Mains, Consultant, Community Connector, and Owner, Main Distinction
  • Dellan Redjou, Owner, Smokey’s Pizza
  • Robert Stewart, Investment Advisor, Columbia Credit Union
  • Shannon A. Walker, Executive Director of Labor & Marketing at Sunrise Dental and President of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council

Each dancer has been paired with a professional dance instructor from Arthur Murray Dance Studio and has been working hard to learn a 90 second routine. The stars have also been hard at work fundraising through events and private donations since April. The star who raises the most money will be crowned the 2013 champion, so the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer. Donations are accepted online at www.fortvan.org/stars; by mailing a check to the Trust; or by donating at the event.

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The City of Vancouver will be hosting Clark County’s first open street event on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 11am to 4pm.  People of all walks of life, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take to the streets, have some active fun and meet your neighbors.  Sunday Streets Alive, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will open up a series of streets for the community to walk, bicycle, skate, run, dance, play games, and more. There will also be six activity areas along the route that will have food, vendors, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.

This year’s event will be on the west side of Vancouver and features a 4.2 mile route that will take you through downtown, past Fort Vancouver and Officer’s Row, up to Clark College and Marshall Center, over to Uptown Village and John Ball Park, and then back downtown. Participants can hop onto the route at any spot along the way and enjoy this free event. The city is currently looking for volunteers to help make Sunday Streets Alive a huge success. For details about activities, vendors, and to get involved, visit www.sundaystreetsalive.org and www.facebook.com/sundaystreetsalive.

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