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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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