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Friends of Fort Vancouver Announces Five New Spring Felting Workshops - 02/14/19

The Friends of Fort Vancouver, a nonprofit organization that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, has announced five upcoming spring felting workshops, taught by artist Juneko Martinson.

Juneko Martinson is a featured artist in the Friends' Bookstore and Gallery in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (located at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661). The shop carries a generous selection of her handmade "critters." Martinson is a recognized master artist in fiber art and she offers these wonderful workshops with kits included to develop or enhance personal skills with felting. Each workshop is a new adventure for participants ages 12 and up.

Martinson raises alpaca and sheep on a small farm in Brush Prairie, Washington, where she observes first hand the habits and expressions of domestic and wild animals. This is often reflected in her artwork. The animals and birds Juneko creates for the Friends' Bookstore reflect the myriad of native wildlife, livestock, and pets that lived at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks over hundreds of years.

Martinson processes wool and fibers on her small farm, carding and coloring them with natural dyes. The kits used in each class are designed and assembled by the artist.

Registration is $35 per workshop. All workshops are held at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 10 am to 1 pm. The registration fee includes instruction and the fiber art kit for the selected project for the registered date. Registration is non-refundable and each registrant will receive a kit for that workshop. All of this spring's workshops are suitable for beginning felters, or more experienced felters.

Register in the Friends' Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center or by calling (360) 816-6216. Payment is expected at the time of registration. Space is limited to 14 people per workshop.


  • February 23, 2019: Lop-Eared Bunny
  • March 9, 2019: Busy Beaver
  • March 23, 2019: Stylish Bear
  • April 6, 2019: Scottish Blacknose Sheep
  • April 13, 2019: Pansy Brooch

McLoughlin House in Oregon City to Open After Seasonal Winter Closure - 02/05/19

On Saturday, February 15, 2019, the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, Oregon, will reopen after it's seasonal winter closure. The McLoughlin House is a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, managed by the National Park Service and the McLoughlin Memorial Association. Upon reopening, the house will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Docent-led tours will take place throughout both days at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm. Tours will begin at the neighboring Barclay House. 

The McLoughlin House was built in 1846 and is one of Oregon's oldest homes. It served as the retirement home of Fort Vancouver's Chief Factor, Dr. John McLoughlin, and his family. In Oregon City, McLoughlin, also known as the "Father of Oregon," served as the mayor of Oregon City, owned sawmills, a gristmill, granary, and a general store, and donated land for schools and churches. Today, the house is restored and furnished to appear as it did while the McLoughlins were in residence. National Park Service rangers and volunteers share the fascinating story of the early days of Oregon City and the importance of the McLoughlin family to the history of the Pacific Northwest.

"The McLoughlin House is a treasured historic resource of the Pacific Northwest," said Chief of Interpretation Bob Cromwell. "It is one of the oldest historic structures in the State of Oregon, a shining example of early-20th century historic preservation efforts from a local non-profit, and the oldest National Historic Site west of the Mississippi River. We welcome visitors to experience the site directly this spring!"

What: Reopening of the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, Oregon, after its seasonal winter closure

When: February 15, 2019

Where: The McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 713 Center Street, Oregon City, OR, 97045

Cost: Free

The Friends of Fort Vancouver's Sweetheart Dance on February 9 Recreates 1940s-era Dances - 01/30/19

In the style of a World War II-era dance, the annual Sweetheart Dance on February 9, 2019, is a grand fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, a local nonprofit organization that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Proceeds from this event contribute to educational outreach programs offered year-round at the national park.

The dance features "big band" music played live by the VanPort Jazz Band, providing the perfect atmosphere for dancing, socializing, and fun! Many attendees enjoy wearing vintage 1940s styles or vintage US military uniforms. The event also features a no-host bar.

In addition to serving as a fundraiser for the Friends of Fort Vancouver, this event evokes the World War II history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. During the war, soldiers passed through Vancouver Barracks on their way overseas, thousands of workers constructed aircraft carriers and Liberty ships at the Kaiser Shipyards, and the city's population boomed. Learn more about Vancouver Barracks during World War II here.

Tickets for this event sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Friends of Fort Vancouver's bookstore, located inside the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.

What: The annual Sweetheart Dance, hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver

Where: The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: February 9, 2019, 7 pm to 10 pm

Cost: $30 per person. Purchase tickets here.