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A donation in the amount of $10,000 was presented to the Fort Vancouver National Trust during its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, September 6. The gift was from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation, and presented by Foundation Executive Director, Kay Dalke/Sheadel.

"The Trust's historic preservation work represents one of the three areas the Price Foundation supports," said Dalke/Sheadel. The Foundation serves nonprofits within Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Arlene Price grew up in Vancouver, and was a graduate of Vancouver High School in 1943. She later became an art teacher in Kelso, where she met her husband, Frank, who obtained his law degree after serving as a Naval officer in WWII. He was a superior court judge in Cowlitz County for several years. According to Arlene's sister and Vancouver resident, Joanne Galloway, Frank and Arlene believed in the importance of historic preservation, and Arlene always felt especially closely tied to Vancouver.

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From left to right: Sydney Valaer (2nd), Sunday Manisto-Saari (1st), and Amanda Nicholson (3rd)

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the winning Clark County high school vocalists who performed on the Vancouver Toyota main stage at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Ten local high school students competed for scholarships and more in the annual vocal competition.

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the finalists who will perform on the Vancouver Toyota main stage at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Local teens competed at auditions on May 14 at Beacock’s Music, and these ten finalists were selected to compete again on Independence Day.

  • Amethyst Ackerman, Prairie High School
  • Samara Davis, Camas High School
  • Quintin Gaither, Hudson's Bay High School
  • Sunday Manisto-Saari, Mountain View High School
  • Amanda Nicholson, Evergreen High School
  • Brittni Plummer, Union High School
  • Nicole Roller, Skyview High School
  • Hannah Toner, Mountain View High School
  • Sydney Valaer, Washougal High School
  • Shawni Van Vessem, Skyview High School

A panel of local musician judges, some of whom will perform on the Main Stage later in the evening, will select the winners. Contestants will be judged on originality, skill, poise, audience appeal and family-friendly content.

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Dr. Rob Havers has been president of the George C. Marshall Foundation since May 2014. He came to this post from his previous position as executive director of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, an organization dedicated to the remembrance and commemoration of Sir Winston Churchill. He is a military historian whose main areas of academic and intellectual expertise include the origins and course of World War II, and the consequences that led to the Cold War. He has given numerous interviews on television and radio, and delivered speeches on Churchill and other topics at organizations throughout the country.

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Meet some of the outstanding young leaders in our community!

The award recipient will be announced and honored at the Marshall Leadership Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, along with the recipient of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.fortvan.org/marshall

These are the nominees for the 2016 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.

 

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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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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 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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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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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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