Latest blog entries http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/Latest.html Mon, 22 May 2017 10:27:44 -0700 en-gb Celebrating Freedom for Free at this Year’s Independence Day at Fort Vancouver Presented by Bank of America http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/celebrating-freedom-for-free-at-this-year-s-independence-day-at-fort-vancouver-presented-by-bank-of-america.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/celebrating-freedom-for-free-at-this-year-s-independence-day-at-fort-vancouver-presented-by-bank-of-america.html

The general public will be able to “Celebrate Freedom for Free” this year on the 4th of July, with no admission charge to Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. It will be “all about the fireworks,” according the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

While in the past this was a full day event, attendees are encouraged to come for the evening, claim their spot on the lawn, and enjoy a variety of vendors and live music starting at 6 p.m. in anticipation of a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m.

“After conducting an assessment of the event’s structure and costs, and reviewing feedback from participant surveys, the Trust recognized that the fireworks show is the element most valued by the community. We’re focusing on that - giving our audience what they most want,” said Trust President & CEO Mike True.

“The Trust is committed to a tradition that began more than 50 years ago, by staging one of the region’s largest and most memorable fireworks displays,” said True. The fireworks launch up to 500 feet high, cover a radius of 500 feet wide, and feature unique special effects. The 2017 display will once again be staged from Pearson Air Field and synchronized to music.

“Bank of America is honored to be the presenting sponsor of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver for the eighth year in a row. Supporting this terrific community event is something our local employees are really proud to be a part of, and our customers and clients are excited about, too,” said David K. Reiter, a Vancouver-based U.S. Trust Private Client Manager at Bank of America. “In fact, going back more than 100 years, Bank of America has a strong tradition of supporting causes and events that are important to the local neighborhoods we serve here in Clark County — and the Fort Vancouver fireworks is just one of the many investments we’re making towards strengthening the local community.”

There will be a ticketed Prime Viewing area, where attendees will have unobstructed front-row view of the fireworks and a 4th of July picnic dinner buffet. Prime Viewing tickets are $50 for guests 18 and over, $25 for those under 18, and free for 5 and under. Prime Viewing tickets are available at fortvan.org/fourth.

“Vehicle access will be restricted beginning at 8 a.m. and entry gates will be in place. Bags will be checked all day,” said Program Manager Natalie Hantho. “But we encourage people to come after 6 p.m.” The Trust is implementing a “$5 for the Fireworks” campaign. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the gates from those who wish to contribute to the cost of the show.

Getting to the event is convenient with help from C-Tran. Hop on one of C-Tran’s FREE shuttles running every 15 minutes from the north side of the Vancouver Mall to the fireworks display between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Return service will be available immediately following the fireworks show.

Paid parking lots will be available to the east and west of Fort Vancouver and all downtown metered parking is free for the holiday.

With the loss of revenue due to the ban on sale of retail fireworks in the city limits, the City of Vancouver has approved a lodging tax grant to support this year’s event. This event would not be possible without the generous financial support of sponsors. The Fort Vancouver National Trust thanks presenting sponsor Bank of America, as well as Waste Connections, Alaska Airlines, AMR, and Homewood Suites. Special thanks to the event media partners, including Comcast, KGW, 98.7 The Bull, Alpha Media, and The Columbian.

For more information, to purchase Prime Viewing tickets, or to volunteer, visit www.fortvan.org/fourth, email events@fortvan.org, or call 360-992-1804.

About Bank of America

At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we help create around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships across sectors - including community and environmental advocate groups, as well as non-profits – in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.  Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Celebrate Freedom Programs Wed, 10 May 2017 16:06:56 -0700
Silicon Valley tech firm, RealWear expanding to Vancouver http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/silicon-valley-tech-firm-realwear-expanding-to-vancouver.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/silicon-valley-tech-firm-realwear-expanding-to-vancouver.html b2ap3_thumbnail__MG_3371sm.jpg

RealWear, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley company, has signed a letter of intent with the Fort Vancouver National Trust to occupy 12,000 square feet in the newly renovated Artillery Barracks at the Fort Vancouver National Site. The announcement was made Thursday during Mayor Tim Leavitt’s State of the City address, held in the space that RealWear will occupy.

President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver Trust, Mike True said, “This is a very exciting partnership for the Trust and a welcome addition to the Historic Site. The presence of RealWear in the West Barracks will create new vitality for downtown Vancouver. Bringing new technology-based business into a freshly renovated historic building is a perfect way to sustain and honor our community’s history, while looking toward the future.”

RealWear is building the world’s first voice-powered, hands-free and fully rugged head-mounted tablet solution for connected industrial workers, the HMT-1. The move is in response to early significant industry demand for the device. It is the company’s first major North American expansion, and will serve key corporate functions in anticipation of the general availability launch of the HMT-1 in July 2017.

“We selected Vancouver for its vibrant, growing business environment, talent pool, economic advantages, and quality of life offerings for our employees. The superb facilities at the Fort Vancouver National Site, and the enthusiasm and dedication of the people we met from the City of Vancouver, the Fort Vancouver National Trust, and the CREDC only made our decision easier,” said Andy Lowery, CEO, RealWear. “We are thrilled to be in Vancouver and expect that our expansion will provide us the support and flexibility we need to grow our company rapidly and efficiently.”

“We are thrilled that RealWear has chosen Vancouver as its Pacific Northwest home, and look forward to the addition of this company to our burgeoning network of tech companies. This move shows once again that our city is a great place for companies to do business and I know they will enjoy the many amenities and high quality of life that Vancouver offers,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.

RealWear’s expansion comes as the company has built increasing momentum of its own in 2017. Awarded “Best Enterprise Solution” at Wearable Technology Show 2017 in London, England, the RealWear HMT-1 has received global acclaim for its innovation. More than 60 major industrial enterprises, channel partners, integrators and software solution partners including American Airlines, Boeing, Canon, and Hewlett Packard Enterprises have signed on as Pioneer Partners and are already using the HMT-1 in real-world scenarios.

"We are excited to welcome RealWear to Clark County, where they will be a great addition to the IPZ community in Vancouver and Camas,” said Mike Bomar, President of the CREDC. “The software as well as computer and electronics industries are growing clusters in the region and RealWear’s decision to locate its first major expansion here will be a great boost to add to the momentum we've been building in these sectors."

About the Trust

The Fort Vancouver National Trust holds the master lease for the West Barracks, which enables the Trust to manage property operations, renovations and development of the historic buildings owned by the City of Vancouver. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.

About RealWear

RealWear is a Silicon Valley company building the world’s first voice-powered, hands-free and fully rugged head-mounted tablet solution for connected industrial workers. Our team of seasoned executives and human factors experts hails from the ultra-rugged smartphone, smart glasses micro display and industrial augmented reality spaces. Together, we are engineering wearable hardware, software, cloud and AI solutions for enterprises in heavy industry. For more information, visit www.realwear.com.


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toni.wise@fortvan.org (Toni Wise) President’s Column Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:46:40 -0700
2017 General George C. Marshall Leadership Award Recipients Announced http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2017-general-george-c-marshall-leadership-award-recipients-announced.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2017-general-george-c-marshall-leadership-award-recipients-announced.html

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The Trust announced the recipients of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a ceremony Wednesday evening, March 22 at the Providence Academy.

Max Ault was honored as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient.

Camas High School Senior Sophie Muro was recognized as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient.

The ceremony featured an address by the Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, as well as recognition of all the nominees.

Ault is the 28th recipient of Marshall Public Leadership Award. Ault is Vice President and Director of Business Development for the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). In a letter of recommendation, Mike Bomar wrote “Max plays a critical role in our organization and in economic vitality for Clark County. Beyond his work at the CREDC, Max participates in various civic and professional growth efforts. His passion for helping others has resulted in changing lives for the better and has built him a network of many of the community’s most respected leaders. He is respected and admired by his colleagues and is a key member of a very hard working team that takes their mission, but not themselves, very seriously.”

As recipient of the Marshall Public Leadership Award, Ault will travel to Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He will also participate in the nine-month Leadership Clark County Program. Ault will engage in the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year.

“We were very pleased with the quality of the nominees for this year’s award” said Public Leadership Award Committee Chair, Phil Haberthur. “Eight outstanding individuals participated in the process, making the selection extremely difficult. Ault’s qualifications, specifically his leadership and commitment serving this community, were really remarkable.”

The General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award is presented to a Clark County high school student who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model and shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Muro was recognized for these qualities. Program Coordinator for Clark County Community Services Kris Henriksen stated “I truly find Sophie Muro to personify all the marvelous qualities in young people: leader, helper, role model, change agent, and historian. You could not ask for a better example of a younger person not waiting until they are an adult to positively impact their community in such an array of ways.”

As recipient of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award, Muro will participate as an intern in the Celebrate Freedom programs office. She also receives a $2,500 college scholarship.

Selection Committee members of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award were impressed with the high caliber of dedication and accomplishments demonstrated by this year’s twenty-two nominees. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the recipient, Sophie Muro, and all of the award nominees," said Tom Hagley Jr., Marshall Youth Leadership Award selection committee co-chair. "This program continues to spotlight the outstanding service contributions and future leadership potential of youth in Clark County."

The Trust would like to thank all participants of this program and awards event and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year. Special thanks go to Riverview Community Bank for their sponsorship of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership award programs. We are also grateful for 40 et 8, Voiture 99’s support of the youth scholarship. These important leadership programs would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors.

 

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) President’s Column Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:46:08 -0700
Fort Vancouver National Trust receives grant for Pearson Field Education Center from Vancouver Energy Community Fund http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-receives-grant-for-pearson-field-education-center-from-vancouver-energy-community-fund.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-receives-grant-for-pearson-field-education-center-from-vancouver-energy-community-fund.html

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a grant from the Vancouver Energy Community Fund, a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, in the amount of $5,019.

The funds will be dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center’s STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduce students and the public to potential careers in aviation through a curriculum steeped in the rich history of Pearson Field. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase model airplane and toolbox kits for teaching students metalwork and riveting skills needed to build a full-sized kit airplane.

In March, 2016, the Pearson Field Education Center received a generous donation of a partially assembled Zenith 701CH kit airplane. Youth aged 12-20 years old who are interested in acquiring the skills to assemble an airplane will be invited to participate in completing the project.

“This program is intended to give youth hands-on STEM education and career experience leading into the aviation industry. We are going to take a walk-before-you-run approach to building this airplane by first introducing the students to a simple sheet metal and riveting project by having them each construct an RV-12 model kit plane and toolbox,” said Pearson Field Education Center Director, Garrett Schmidt. “This project will teach important safety skills and introduce students to the proper use of flush cutters, metal files, vices, needle-nosed pliers, and rivet guns.”

Pearson Field Education Center is seeking youth participants who are interested in assembling the airplane and adult mentors to oversee the project.

The Center is located at the bottom of East Reserve Street, at 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA 98661. For more information, please visit fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities, such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun.

The Vancouver Energy Community Fund focuses primarily on supporting programs and projects related to Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Early Childhood Development and Literacy); Public Safety; and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Grants from the fund are reviewed and determined by the Community Advisory Board, which includes leaders in the community with experience and passion for the focus areas of the fund. The fund was launched in 2015 by Tesoro Savage Petroleum Terminal LLC dba Vancouver Energy, with initial funding from company partners, Tesoro and Savage, along with BNSF.


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toni.wise@fortvan.org (Toni Wise) Aviation Education Programs Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:22 -0800
Partnership with Providence Employees Brings Color To Providence Academy http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/partnership-with-providence-employees-brings-color-to-providence-academy.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/partnership-with-providence-employees-brings-color-to-providence-academy.html

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Employees from Providence Health and Services will volunteer to conduct a cleanup and planting of colorful flowers on the property of the Providence Academy (400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver WA.)from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. The employees are members of ProvNext, an organized networking group of professionals within Providence Health & Services.

"This planting not only gives the historic Providence Academy a springtime facelift, it symbolizes new beginnings for the property," said Fort Vancouver National Trust President and CEO, Mike True. The Academy was awarded $1 million out of the Washington state supplemental budget in April, to replace the roof and repair the front porches of the 143-year-old building. That work is scheduled to begin this summer. "We are grateful for our friendship and partnership with Providence, and for their heartfelt commitment to this beautiful Vancouver landmark."

Over 20 ProvNext volunteers will plant about 100 annuals and perennials. The plants and five yards of bark dust are being donated to the cause by LandCare in Tigard, Oregon. The plants will be arranged within the heart-shaped grassy area that is encircled by the original carriage turnaround at the Academy entrance. It was made in the shape of a heart by Mother Joseph, who designed and built the Academy, to represent the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

"ProvNext organizes group service projects and events designed to serve the local community," said Eric Robinson, Providence Health & Services, Oregon -- Strategic Management Services.
"The Providence Academy Clean-up/Beautification of the Sacred Heart event is a great example of just such a community-oriented project."

Providence Academy was designed, constructed, and opened as the first "House of Providence" in 1873 by Mother Joseph and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart who traveled to Vancouver from Montreal, Canada. The Academy served an orphanage and school, and now is home to 65 small business tenants. The chapel and ballroom are available for events and weddings.

"For the residents of this community, the Academy is a significant reminder of the early days of the Pacific Northwest. For People of Providence, the House of Providence holds great significance in our heritage, tradition and culture as an organization," said Robinson. "The more we learn and understand the fundamental depth and importance of Providence Academy to the past and to our ongoing Mission, the more invested we feel in working to ensure that this sacred landmark is preserved in honor of Mother Joseph and the pioneering Sisters of Providence. The opportunity to partner with the Fort Vancouver Trust on this cleanup project not only benefits the community with a beautiful area to relax and enjoy, it deepens our connection to our history and the amazing group of women who came before us to serve the Northwest. We hope to form a lasting relationship with the Trust and look forward to contributing to the conservation of this beautiful property."

This event has inspired a next level of interest, in a proposed project with the Fort Vancouver Rose Society. They are hoping to propagate roses to plant at the Providence Academy landscaping project. The roses are from the era in which the Academy was built, and are currently growing in the Heritage Rose Garden at the O. O. Howard House, on Officers Row.

About ProvNext:

"ProvNext", is an organized professional networking group and has established a venue for motivated professionals within Providence to connect and network across the organization. With a primary focus on building long-term business relationships that lead to a sense of community, this group provides members with growth and development opportunities in line with the Mission and core values of Providence Health & Services. Members are People of Providence who live that Mission and are called to serve as future leaders in the organization.

 

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toni.wise@fortvan.org (Toni Wise) The Academy Tue, 31 May 2016 10:40:24 -0700
Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will be keynote speaker at Marshall Awards http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/washington-lieutenant-governor-cyrus-habib-will-be-keynote-speaker-at-marshall-awards.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/washington-lieutenant-governor-cyrus-habib-will-be-keynote-speaker-at-marshall-awards.html The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the keynote speaker at this year’s General George C. Marshall Leadership Award ceremony will be Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. Tickets are still available at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

Lieutenant Governor Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School.

After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.

Before being elected as Washington state’s 16th Lieutenant Governor in 2016, Cyrus Habib represented east King County in the Washington state Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team. Prior to that, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives.

A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents emigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The Washington Post has named him one of the top 40 rising political stars under the age of 40.

The Marshall Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, March 22 at the Providence Academy. In addition to Lt. Governor Habib’s keynote address, a youth and an adult leader in our community will be recognized for demonstrating qualities that reflect the values and characteristics of General George C. Marshall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1804 or visit www.fortvan.org/marshallawards to purchase tickets.

About the Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards
The Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 17th year honoring the youth in our community and the 28th year honoring our public leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.


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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Celebrate Freedom Programs Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:47:22 -0700
2017 Marshall Leadership Award Nominees Announced http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2017-marshall-leadership-award-nominees-announced.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2017-marshall-leadership-award-nominees-announced.html

Eight Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Adult Leadership Award, and 22 Clark County high school seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The two 2017 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the Providence Academy. The keynote speaker at this year's General George C. Marshall Leadership Award ceremony will be Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. Tickets are available at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

The Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 17th year honoring the youth in our community and the 28th year honoring adult leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.

"General Marshall's contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and humility set an inspirational framework for the leaders of today and the up and coming leaders. This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County," said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee.

Nominees for the 2017 General George C. Marshall Adult Leadership Award are:
Katie Archer, Archer Public Affairs
D. Max Ault, Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC)
Alex Major, Army National Guard - EHS DECA
Whitney McMillin, Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW WA
Sean Philbrook, Identity Clark County
Michael Pond, Young Democrats of Clark County
Bradley Richardson, Clark County Historical Museum
Jenny Thompson, Police Activities League

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The Adult Leadership Award recipient will receive a scholarship to participate in the Leadership Clark County program, and a scholarship to tour the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia and visit Washington, D.C. The recipient also will participate in Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Selection Committee, which consists of community members and is chaired by Phil Haberthur. Other committee members are Dr. Leslie Burger, retired Army general; Larry Smith, retired Mayor pro tempore; Maggie Traverso, Riverview Community Bank; and previous Marshall Award Recipients, Jordan Boldt and Paige Spratt. Selection is based on, demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement, and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Nominees for the 2017 Marshall Youth Leadership Award are:

Morgan Dunn, Camas High School
Sydney Fox-Middleton, Vancouver iTech Preparatory
Sydney Friauf, Skyview High School
Dana Fulham, Skyview High School
Andrew Hill , Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School
William Janney, Vancouver iTech Preparatory
Nick Jokela, Columbia Adventist Academy, Youth Commission
Nicholas Krane, Skyview High School
Isaac Larson, Skyview High School
Ethan Mayers, Hudson's Bay High School
Sarah Mitchell, Mountain View High School
Sophie Muro, Camas High School
Courtney Nuttal-Nester, Hudson's Bay High School
Alyssa Peterson, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School
Julieta Rendon-Mendoza, Union High School
Aidan Ryan, Seton Catholic High School
Alexis Sabatini, Camas High School
Daniel Scalberg, Union High School
Benjamin Shannon, Battle Ground High School
Morgan Ustick, Ridgefield High School
Akiva Wells, Hudson's Bay High School
Ernesto Zurita, Heritage High School

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The Youth Leadership Award recipient will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, a $500 paid summer internship in the Trust's Celebrate Freedom office, opportunity to meet with local elected representatives, opportunity to participate in Celebrate Freedom events including Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver and Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Youth Award Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by Marshall Public Leadership Award Recipients, Tom Hagley, Jr. and Dr. Mike Stromme and includes community members Sharon Pesut, Richard Keller, and Paige Spratt. Selection is based on the nominee's activities and projects demonstrating the values of General Marshall represented as one of America's leading citizens and soldiers.


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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Celebrate Freedom Programs Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:58:00 -0800
Fort Vancouver National Trust receives $10,000 donation from the Price Foundation http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-receives-10-000-donation-from-the-price-foundation.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-receives-10-000-donation-from-the-price-foundation.html

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.

"We are extremely grateful for this donation," said Trust Board Chairperson, Steve Horenstein. "The legacy of Frank and Arlene Price will be reflected for generations to come in the historic properties the Trust preserves."


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toni.wise@fortvan.org (Toni Wise) President’s Column Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:31:10 -0700
2016 Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition Winners http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-sing-fourth-teen-vocal-competition-winners.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-sing-fourth-teen-vocal-competition-winners.html

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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.

The top three performers were:
First place: Sunday Manisto-Saari from Mountain View High School, with "Don't Rain on my Parade" from Funny Girl.
Second place: Sydney Valaer from Washougal High School, with "All That Matters" from Finding Neverland.
Third place: Amanda Nicholson from Evergreen High School, with "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" from The Little Mermaid.

The winners were selected by a panel of musician judges: country singer Alice Wallace, Donovan Fraser from My Happy Pill, jazz vocalist Alyssa Schwary, solo artist Justin Sheehy, performer Lovey James, and Blake Sakamoto of the Nu Wavers. Contestants were judged on originality, skill, poise, audience appeal and family-friendly content.

The first place winner received a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and a first place trophy. Second place took home a $500 college scholarship and third prize won a $250 college scholarship. All ten finalists will receive a DVD of the Sing Fourth program.

Other vocalists competing in the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition were:
Sahara Jones | Dibs by Kelsea Ballerini (Vancouver School of Arts and Academics)
Hannah Toner | House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (Mountain View High School)
Amethyst Ackerman | Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift (Prairie High School)
Quintin Gaither | Faith by George Michael (Hudson's Bay High School)
Nicole Roller | And I'm Telling You by Jennifer Hudson (Skyview High School)
Brittni Plummer | Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli (Union High School)
Shawni Van Vessem | My Guy by Mary Wells (Skyview High School)

The vocal competition was co-hosted by Drew Carney from KGW and Kyra Smith, a local singer and performer.

The Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition is a component of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. This contest is produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust and is open to high school students who live in Clark County. For more information, visit fortvan.org/fourth.

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Independence Day Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:02:00 -0700
2016 Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition Finalists http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-announces-sing-fourth-teen-vocal-competition-finalists.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-announces-sing-fourth-teen-vocal-competition-finalists.html b2ap3_thumbnail_cc-07042014-2756.jpg

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.

The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and a first place trophy. Second place will take home a $500 college scholarship and third prize is a $250 college scholarship. All ten finalists will be given a DVD of the Sing Fourth program.

The vocal competition will be co-hosted by The Morning Bull Ride from 98.7 The Bull and Kyra Smith, a local singer and performer.

The Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition is a component of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. This contest is produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust and is open to high school students who live in Clark County. For more information, visit fortvan.org/fourth.

 


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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Independence Day Wed, 18 May 2016 12:38:24 -0700
2016 General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Winners Announced http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-general-george-c-marshall-public-youth-leadership-award-winners-announced.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-general-george-c-marshall-public-youth-leadership-award-winners-announced.html b2ap3_thumbnail_rh030916-4921.jpg

The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a ceremony Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured an address by Dr. Rob Havers, President of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2016 recipients.

At the event, Paige Spratt was honored as the 2016 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. She is the 27th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of previous Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

An attorney and a mother, Paige Spratt volunteers throughout the community in a variety of organizations. In a letter of recommendation, John Vanderkin wrote “I have had the pleasure of working with Paige and seeing her impact on the community at large… Paige has demonstrated a very strong commitment to serve the SW Washington region and provides engaged and thoughtful leadership within the organizations she serves… On behalf of the SWWDC board we are delighted to have access to the leadership, community support and business strength that Paige is able to provide. We are a stronger organization due to her ongoing involvement and by extension a stronger community as a result of her dedication and commitment.”

As recipient of the Marshall Public Leadership Award, Spratt will travel to Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. She will also enhance her public leadership skills by participating in the nine-month Leadership Clark County Program. Spratt also will engage in the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

“We were very pleased with the quality of the nominees for this year’s Award” said Public Leadership Award Committee Chair, Phil Haberthur. “Five outstanding individuals participated in the process, making the selection extremely difficult. Spratt’s qualifications, specifically her leadership and commitment serving this community, were really remarkable.”

Also at the Marshall Award Dinner, Battle Ground High School Senior Alena Jarvis was recognized as the 2016 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient. This prestigious award was established in 2000 by two former Marshall Public Leadership Award recipients and is presented to a Clark County high school student who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model and shows initiative and motivates others to become involved.

In her nomination materials, AF JROTC Senior Instructor Col (Ret) Brian Brown described Alena as their “# 1 cadet in the Battle Ground High School, WA Air Force JROTC program, consisting over 103 cadets. She was unanimously selected as our Corps Commander for the Fall 2015 semester due to her unsurpassed excellence in performance, leadership, academics and athletics.

She has played a key role in the tremendous success leading Battle Ground's HS JROTC program. She leads the team with the highest ethics, morals, courage, teamwork, and dedication to the sport. She is recognized as a tremendous role model and positive example as well as an inspiration to all.”

As recipient of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award, Jarvis will participate as an intern in the Celebrate Freedom programs office. She also receives a $2,500 college scholarship, and has been academically accepted to The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina.

Selection Committee members of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award were impressed with the high caliber of dedication and accomplishments demonstrated by this year’s thirty-seven nominees. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the recipient, Alena Jarvis, and all of the award nominees," said Tom Hagley Jr., Marshall Youth Leadership Award selection committee co-chair. "This program continues to spotlight the outstanding service contributions and future leadership potential of youth in Clark County. We're proud of their many accomplishments." Each nominee demonstrated traits of General Marshall by providing exceptional leadership and service to their schools in the Clark County community. It is clear that the 2016 recipient, Alena Jarvis, is deserving of this award.

The Trust would like to thank all participants of this program and awards event and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year. Special thanks go to Riverview Community Bank for their sponsorship of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership award programs. We are also grateful for 40 et 8, Voiture 99’s support of the youth scholarship. These important leadership programs would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors.

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Celebrate Freedom Programs Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:43:09 -0800
The Fort Vancouver National Trust Hosts Dr. Rob Havers of the Marshall Foundation http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/the-fort-vancouver-national-trust-hosts-dr-rob-havers-of-the-marshall-foundation.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/the-fort-vancouver-national-trust-hosts-dr-rob-havers-of-the-marshall-foundation.html

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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.

Dr. Havers will now be visiting Vancouver to participate in the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Ceremony on March 9 at the Artillery Barracks Building. At this event, the nominees for the awards will be honored, and the award recipients will be announced. Dr. Havers will be the keynote speaker for this event.

As an extension of the Award Ceremony, a presentation with Dr. Havers has also been added in conjunction with VBMA’s Military History Talk series.

Please join us for “Marshall and Churchill, Soldiers and Statesmen” on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30pm at the Red Cross Building (605 Barnes Street). This is a free event, but please RSVP to events@fortvan.org because seating is limited.

Dr. Havers will discuss the history of General George C. Marshall, who was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks as a Brigadier General, and later was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war. Dr. Havers will also compare General George Marshall with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and discuss similarities between these historic soldiers and statesmen.

Winston Churchill once said, "there are few men whose qualities of mind and character have impressed me so deeply as those of General Marshall. ... Succeeding generations must not be allowed to forget his achievements and his example."

Other upcoming Military History Talks include:

-March 17th: “US Army Ambulance Service in WWI” – featuring MSG Jack Giesen US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-April 21st: “Update on the Islamic State” – featuring CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-May 19th: “Changing Army Culture, A Female Perspective” – featuring SGM Kelly Jones US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-June 16th: “The Oregon Trail and Today's Mass Migrations” – featuring Colonel Bruce Mulkey (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.


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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) President’s Column Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:29:35 -0800
Meet our 2016 Public & Youth Leadership Nominees! http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/meet-our-2016-public-youth-leadership-nominees.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/meet-our-2016-public-youth-leadership-nominees.html b2ap3_thumbnail_rh022416-4748.jpg

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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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) President’s Column Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:18:59 -0800
2016 Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Nominees Announced http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-marshall-public-youth-leadership-award-nominees-announced.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/2016-marshall-public-youth-leadership-award-nominees-announced.html

Five Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and 37 Clark County High School Seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The 2016 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks Building, followed by a dinner reception. The ceremony will be televised later on CVTV. For more information contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1804 or visit www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

The Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 15th year honoring the youth in our community and the 27th year honoring our public leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.

“General Marshall’s contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and humility set an inspirational framework for the leaders of today and the up and coming leaders. This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County,” said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee.

Nominees for the 2016 Marshall Public Leadership Award are:

Chelsea Chunn, SW Washington Workforce Development Council

Craig Ebersole, Clark College

Scott Schachterle, SEH America

Paige Spratt, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Jessica Tijerina-Turpeinen, A Merry Heart Events, Owner

The Public Leadership Award recipient will receive a scholarship to participate in the Leadership Clark County program, and a scholarship to tour the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia and visit Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. The recipient also will participate in Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Selection Committee, which consists of community members and is chaired by Phil Haberthur. Other committee members are Dr. Leslie Burger, retired Army general; Larry Smith, retired Mayor pro tempore; Maggie Traverso, Riverview Community Bank; Sheryl Beauchaine; and previous Marshall Award Recipients, John McIlvain, Jordan Boldt, and John Blom. Selection is based on, demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement, and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

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Nominees for the 2016 Marshall Youth Leadership Award are:

Autumn Beck Fort Vancouver High School

Thomas Brennan Hockinson High School

Elizabeth Bronder Hudson's Bay High School

Hallie Brosius Hockinson High School

Kellen Butler Battle Ground High School

Leticia Chacon Fort Vancouver High School

Astrid DuBois Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Jorie Freitag Seton Catholic High School

Trey Gullickson Prairie High School

Jourdan Hale Mountain View High School

Kaitlyn Hill Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Aléna Jarvis Battle Ground High School

Meleah Kainu King's Way Christian High School

Patrick Keller Prairie High School

Makena Kerr Fort Vancouver High School

Sarah Kleier Columbia River High School

Ethan Knight Mountain View High School

Christina Lundy Mountain View High School

Matthew McBroom Hudson's Bay High School

Mackenna McClone Seton Catholic High School

Deanna Medina Fort Vancouver High School

Jenna Melanson La Center High School

Christopher Mitchell Mountain View High School

Cassidy Moe Union High School

Nerissa Morrow Evergreen High School

Xuan Nhi T. Nguyen Fort Vancouver High School

Scout Osborne La Center High School

Sequoia Pullella-Barca Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Clayton Rajewich King's Way Christian High School

Tristan Ryan Seton Catholic High School

Zachary Sandoval iTech Preparatory

Courtney Schmit Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Emily Torjusen Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Emily Turcic King's Way Christian High School

Anais Urias Seton Catholic High School

Max VanArnam Ridgefield High School

Makenzie Wilson Vancouver iTech Preparatory

The Youth Leadership Award recipient will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, a $500 paid summer internship in the Trust’s Celebrate Freedom office, opportunity to meet with local elected representatives, opportunity to participate in Celebrate Freedom events including Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver and Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, and a biography of General George C. Marshall.

The recipients are selected by the Marshall Youth Award Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by Marshall Public Leadership Award Recipients, Tom Hagley, Jr. and Dr. Mike Stromme and includes community members Sharon Pesut, Twyla Barnes, and Paula Martin. Selection is based on the nominee's activities and projects demonstrating the values of General Marshall represented as one of America’s leading citizens and soldiers.

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Celebrate Freedom Programs Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:23:28 -0800
The Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/the-buffalo-soldiers-at-vancouver-barracks.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/the-buffalo-soldiers-at-vancouver-barracks.html

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.

The community is encouraged to attend these free Military History Talks, and should RSVP to president@vbma.us if they plan on attending.

Other upcoming Military History Talks include:

-March 10th: “Marshall and Churchill, Soldiers and Statesmen” – a bonus lecture added by the Fort Vancouver National Trust featuring keynote speaker Dr. Rob Havers for the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. This presentation will take place at the Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver at 6:30 PM.

-March 17th: “US Army Ambulance Service in WWI” – featuring MSG Jack Giesen US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-April 21st: “Update on the Islamic State” – featuring CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-May 19th: “Changing Army Culture, A Female Perspective” – featuring SGM Kelly Jones US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-June 16th: “The Oregon Trail and Today's Mass Migrations” – featuring Colonel Bruce Mulkey (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

About the Buffalo Soldiers:

After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, the United States Army created several regiments of infantry and cavalry composed almost entirely of African American soldiers. These units known historically as Buffalo Soldiers served with distinction and honor on the American frontier.

About The Vancouver Barracks Military Association:

The mission of the VBMA is to highlight, preserve, and promote the historic importance of the Vancouver Barracks in the settlement and development of the Pacific Northwest. It is an inclusive committee composed of civic education, veteran and business partners.

For more information, please visit: Military History Talks

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natalie.hantho@fortvan.org (Natalie Hantho) Events Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:24:38 -0800
This year's Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America promises bigger fireworks show! http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/this-year-s-independence-day-at-fort-vancouver-presented-by-bank-of-america-promises-bigger-fireworks-show.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/this-year-s-independence-day-at-fort-vancouver-presented-by-bank-of-america-promises-bigger-fireworks-show.html

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!”

Featuring live music, games, entertainment, food and more, this event has something fun for everyone. It all begins Saturday, July 4, with gates opening at 8 a.m. Entertainment kicks off at Noon, the Kids’ Patriotic Parade presented by Fred Meyer begins at 4 p.m. and the spectacular fireworks show launches at 10:05 p.m. The Vancouver Toyota Main Stage features a wide variety of local and regionally recognized entertainers, including Patrick Lamb, Portland Taiko, and The Nu Wavers.

General admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate for those 13 and over. Kids 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at fortvan.org/fourth. Presale general admission tickets will also be available starting June 1 at any Southwest Washington Fred Meyer. With Prime Viewing tickets, attendees will have access to the exclusive Prime Viewing area, where they will enjoy a 4th of July picnic dinner, the exclusive Alaska Airlines stage, featuring Soul Vaccination, and unobstructed front row seats to the spectacular fireworks show. Prime Viewing tickets are $50 for guests 21 and over, $25 for those under 21, and free for 5 and under.

Other available activities include:
• Guided walking tours of the Vancouver Barracks
• $3.00 admission to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver (free for age 15 and under)
• Bi-plane rides at Pearson Airport (fee)
• Adult beverage pavilion featuring domestic beer and microbrews, wine and more

Getting to the event is convenient with help from C-Tran. Hop on one of C-Tran’s shuttles running every 15 minutes from the north side of Westfield Vancouver Mall to the fireworks display from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Return service will be available immediately following the fireworks show. Paid parking lots will be available to the east and west of Fort Vancouver and all downtown metered parking is free for the holiday. Bicyclists are encouraged to bike to the event and leave their bikes at volunteer-staffed bike parking.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of cash sponsors. The Fort Vancouver National Trust thanks presenting sponsor Bank of America, as well as Toyota, Les Schwab, Fred Meyer, Alaska Airlines, Davidson & Associates Insurance representing Pemco Insurance, AMR, Homewood Suites, and media partners, Alpha Broadcasting and The Columbian.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to volunteer visit www.fortvan.org/fourth, email events@fortvan.org or call 360-992-1808.


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toni.wise@fortvan.org (Toni Wise) Events Fri, 15 May 2015 09:12:38 -0700
Academy Sale Finalized http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/academy-sale-finalized.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/academy-sale-finalized.html

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.

However, since that Dec. 16 event in the building's chapel, "an amazing amount of donors have fulfilled their commitments," True said.

Now, True said, the National Trust is looking for a similar response from another group of donors — people who want to support the renovation of the 142-year-old building.

"We have transitioned from an acquisition campaign to a renovation campaign," True said.

Pioneering nun Mother Joseph built the Academy in 1873 as a school and orphanage, and as the permanent home of the Sisters of Providence. Her legacy includes what now is Providence Health & Services.

As the new owner, the National Trust has done a bit of staff updating. It has retained the property manager who'd been hired by the Academy's previous owners, members of the Hidden family.

"We want the tenants to be comfortable," True said. "The tenants will be paying for the renovation of the building."

A member of its facilities staff has been assigned to the Academy, True said, so the Trust "can learn what we need to know."

At this point, the to-do list includes a new roof, brickwork, porch renovation and landscaping.

The official acquisition does not include the entire 6.9-acre site that borders the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. The Trust still is in the process of acquiring about 3½ acres of unimproved property; much of it is currently being used for parking.

"We will be looking at it in terms of long-term development. Maybe we'll even sell some of it" to pay for other aspects of the renovation, True said.

As commercial development on the site moves forward, Trust officials will look for what True called "complementary usage."

Restrictions will limit the number of potential commercial partners, but there are a range of businesses that reflect the mission of Mother Joseph, True said. They include health care, senior living and education.

The National Trust announced in May 2012 that it was undertaking a $10.6 million fundraising effort. However, the parties did not disclose the price tag on either the first-stage acquisition of the Academy and surrounding land or the entire 6.9-acre transaction.


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madi.hantho@fortvan.org (Madi Hantho) The Academy Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:28:02 -0800
Pearson Field Education Center Honors Marlin Martin: 2014 Volunteer of the Year Fort Vancouver National Trust http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/pearson-field-education-center-honors-marlin-martin-2014-volunteer-of-the-year-fort-vancouver-national-trust.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/pearson-field-education-center-honors-marlin-martin-2014-volunteer-of-the-year-fort-vancouver-national-trust.html

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.

Marlin further transitioned his efforts by­ teaching in Washington State where he taught for 10 years at Jemtegaard Middle School and also became a Science Methods instructor at Washington State University in Vancouver. Marlin has taught abroad in various outreach programs in Taiwan and even had a large group of students from Taiwan come visit historic Pearson Field to learn about aviation.

Marlin came out to volunteer with the Fort Vancouver National Trust in aviation education, and at Grove Field for their annual summer camps in 2010, and has been an instrumental component in the program's many successes. He has been an energetic instructor for outreach programs, school visits, scout visits and summer camp programs. He is also the designer of PFEC's vertical wind tunnel, PIGs (pipe insulation gliders), balloon rocket cars and delta gliders.

Marlin's hard work ethic and his incredibly bubbly and warm personality have earned him the respect of his fellow volunteers and Trust staff. The Fort Vancouver National Trust is honored to have the distinction and privilege to announce Mr. Marlin Martin as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations Marlin, we are proud to have you in our ranks!


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madi.hantho@fortvan.org (Madi Hantho) Aviation Education Programs Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:03:58 -0800
Vancouver's New Years Eve at the Hilton benefits Fort Vancouver National Trust http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/vancouver-s-new-years-eve-at-the-hilton-benefits-fort-vancouver-national-trust.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/vancouver-s-new-years-eve-at-the-hilton-benefits-fort-vancouver-national-trust.html Event Date: December 31, 2014

Time Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Time Event Begins: 6:30 PM

Vancouver's New Year's Eve at the Hilton is the city's premiere event as we get ready for 2015! Ring in the New Year in the beautiful Discovery Ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver. The Nu Wavers (formerly Nu Wave Machine): The Best of the 80s and More will be the featured entertainment along with special guests Beat Frequency (from NBC's "The Voice")! MEGA Music Entertainment will keep the dance floor thumping and a special performance by Rebecca Palmer from the Aerial Muse Collective!

Vancouver's New Year's Eve at the Hilton is a benefit for the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

DECEMBER 31, 2014
6:00 PM Doors for VIP ticketing
6:30 - 7:30 PM VIP Dining
7:30 PM General Admission Entry
9:00 PM Beat Frequency
10:00 PM Late Admission Entry
10:20 PM Rebecca Palmer aerialist performance
10:30 PM The Nu Wavers
12:00 AM Champagne Toast
12:30 AM Music ends
1:00 AM Event is Closed

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Hilton Vancouver Washington
Fort Vancouver National Trust
Blake Sakamoto Presents
KGW Newschannel 8
Al Jones Productions
Delta AV
Jennifer Yamashiro Events
Nicole DeCosta Media
Ticket Tomato
Cause + Event Race Series
Lisa G's Skincare
Beyond The Eye TV
Allegro Media Group
Mondo Luna Design
MEGA Music Entertainment
Aerial Muse Collective

Vancouver's New Year's Eve at the Hilton
Hilton Vancouver
301W. 6th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98660
http://www.vancouverwashington.hilton.com/

Get your tickets today at https://www.tickettomato.com/event.php?event_id=2712 and enter the code "fortvancouver" at checkout for a special discount! This event benefits the Fort Vancouver National Trust. 

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madi.hantho@fortvan.org (Madi Hantho) Events Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:28:02 -0800
Fort Vancouver National Trust Announces Acquisition of Historic Academy in Vancouver, Washington http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-announces-acquisition-of-historic-academy-in-vancouver-washington-1.html http://fortvan.org/News-Blog/fort-vancouver-national-trust-announces-acquisition-of-historic-academy-in-vancouver-washington-1.html

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.

Over the past several decades the Academy has been under the stewardship of Bill, Oliver and Monte Hidden, who noted: "The Hidden family is so pleased to pass ownership to Fort Vancouver National Trust. We preserved this historic building for 46 years, and with such widespread community support its preservation for generations to come is ensured.  This fulfills our dream to have the Academy protected in perpetuity."

The brothers' great-grandfather, Lowell Hidden, supplied the bricks to Mother Joseph to construct the Academy, and when the Sisters of Providence closed the school and offered it for sale, the Hidden brothers and their father, Robert Hidden, acquired the Academy in 1969 to prevent it from being torn down.

The Academy site in downtown Vancouver will be deeded to the Trust as two separate and roughly equal-sized parcels totaling nearly seven acres.  The first parcel including the Academy structure, as well as two additional buildings: the El Presidente restaurant and another that recently served as a preschool -- along with adjacent property for tenant parking.  The second parcel includes property currently being leased for parking, as well as the former laundry and boiler buildings and a smokestack.  The sale agreement enables the Trust to hold the deed for the second parcel and to compensate the Hiddens as this property is sold for development.  The Trust board and staff continue to work on development alternatives and will announce commitments as they are approved.

Trust CEO Elson Strahan has worked closely with Lynch to secure funding and negotiate the Academy purchase.  "Acquiring the Academy to ensure its preservation has been my primary objective over the past thirty months.  Accomplishing this goal is tremendously gratifying as I conclude more than twelve years leading Trust."  Strahan recently announced that he will leave the Trust in March 2015.  During his remaining time with the Trust he will continue to identify and secure capital support for renovation and restoration of the building.

Approximately $2 million is needed to address immediate preservation projects including repointing the brick and replacing porches and the roof of the Academy.  Fundraising for these projects, as well as the planning and development of the second parcel, will begin immediately and occur simultaneously over the next three years.

Mike True, Trust president, will lead the property renovation and development efforts for the Academy property. True led similar efforts on Officers Row and for the West Barracks. In considering the work ahead, True explains: "Managing and developing historic properties presents unique challenges and opportunities.  The Trust welcomes the prospect of renovating and restoring this iconic building, as well as developing its seven acres to honor its history and contribute to the economic vitality of downtown Vancouver."

Additional Announcements Made

Two other major announcements were made in conjunction with the Academy acquisition:

1.     Michael White, chief operating officer for Providence Health Plan, acknowledged all the people of Providence who personally contributed to the Academy Campaign effort. "The Academy is our historic home. Providence grew out of the vision and efforts of Mother Joseph, who was a pioneer in establishing health care, education, and social services in the Northwest, as well as the Academy building itself. Hundreds of our employees have visited the Academy under the guidance of Sister Susanne Hartung, SP, who has played an instrumental role in the Trust's campaign."

The Trust values this association and will continue to welcome Providence employee visitation.  Moreover, in recognition of this historical connection and the generosity of Providence staff, the Trust will return to the building's original identity and it will once again be known as "Providence Academy."

"We could not be more pleased," said White. "We look forward to partnering with the Trust in establishing interpretive components at Providence Academy that will give tribute to Mother Joseph and continue to tell the story of the origins of Providence Health & Services."

2.     To recognize the leadership and generosity of Ed Lynch in support of the Providence Academy Campaign, Board Chair, Steve Horenstein revealed that a landscaping plan is being developed and will be named Lynch Square at the Providence Academy.  The square is a fitting tribute to Lynch for his work and financial contribution to secure Providence Academy, and also will honor both Ed and the late Dollie Lynch for their generous support benefiting our entire community.  As Horenstein noted: "Ed and Dollie have given so much to so many worthy causes and they both shared a tremendous love of history. The board and staff of the Trust felt it is fitting that a public space be designated on these historic grounds to pay tribute to all they have done for us."

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the preservation and education purposes of Fort Vancouver National Site. The mission of the Trust is to achieve national recognition of Fort Vancouver National Site as a premier historic destination. The Trust works with Fort Vancouver partners in a collective effort to preserve, enhance and operate Fort Vancouver for public benefit through education, resource development, advocacy, community identity, programs and cultural tourism. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.


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