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The Vancouver Barracks Military Association Honors Black History Month with next Military History Talk “The Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks” on February 18

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association presents a series of free military history talks held on the third Thursdays of the month. This free public event is hosted by the Fort Vancouver National Trust at the historic Marshall House located at 1301 Officers Row.

In honor of Black History Month, February’s topic is on the Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks, presented by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Frazier Raymond, United States Army. Raymond is a member of the Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. This group is named after Medal of Honor recipient Moses Williams, who is buried in the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery.

The presentation will take place on February 18th from 6:30 PM to 7:30PM. Artifacts and photos honoring the history of Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Vancouver Barracks will be on display at the Marshall House for the February Military History Talk. The Marshall House will also be open at 5:30PM before the presentation to allow the public a chance to view the displays, and to visit with some of the current members of the local Buffalo Soldiers Chapter.

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Tickets are now available for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It is a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event is produced by the nonprofit, Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Fort Vancouver has over a 50-year history of providing one of the region’s most memorable fireworks displays. This year, the fireworks will be even bigger and better, with an increase in shell size of 25%. The larger fireworks will launch to 500 feet high, cover a radius of 500 feet wide, and will feature special effects never before seen at the Fort Vancouver fireworks show. The 2015 display will once again be staged from Pearson Air Field, and synchronized to music. Fireworks may not be visible from Portland or the Columbia River.

“Independence Day at Fort Vancouver is a beloved event that our community has enjoyed for more than 50 years,” said Craig Christenson, Bank of America SVP & small business banking manager in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “I’m proud that Bank of America recognizes this as an important economic engine and local tradition, and this is just one of many investments we’re making toward strengthening our communities. I grew up watching the fireworks here, and I’m excited that this year’s show will be bigger than ever before!”

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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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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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