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Little Learners Program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Connects Young Visitors to History - 02/08/18

This spring, a new preschooler-friendly program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will invite children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers to explore history and archaeological artifacts. Each of the four upcoming monthly programs will feature a short talk by one of the national park's curators, a story reading, craft, and the chance to see real archaeological artifacts from the park's museum collection.


"National parks are great places to bring young children, with lots of opportunities to learn and explore outside of a classroom setting," said Assistant Curator Meagan Huff. "We will be using fun, contemporary children's books to make connections between the present and the past at Fort Vancouver. For adult caregivers and families, we hope this program will help to spark conversations about history, archaeology, and national parks."



Spring 2018 Schedule:


Thursday, February 22, 10:30 am

Book: "Windows" by Julia Denos

What would you see if you peeked through the windows at Fort Vancouver? Join a national park curator to learn about life at Fort Vancouver and see artifacts used by the people who lived here. Then, make your own colorful window to take home.


Thursday, March 22, 10:30 am

Book: "Whose Moon is That?" by Kim Krans

Like the moon, national parks belong to everyone! Learn about what national parks protect, and about each element of the National Park Service arrowhead. Then, design your own arrowhead showing the things you think should be protected.


Thursday, April 26, 10:30 am

Book: "The Turnip" by Jan Brett

What kinds of food can you grow in a garden? Explore the historic Fort Vancouver Garden, see agricultural artifacts from the national park's museum collection, and take home your own seedling to plant.


Thursday, May 24, 10:30 am

Book: "Leave Me Alone!" by Vera Brosgol

Do you think you could do a job where you had to go out on your own in the wilderness for months at a time? Being a fur trapper was a tough and solitary job. See artifacts and furs related to the fur trade at Fort Vancouver, and make and take home your own animal tracks booklet.



What: Little Learners at Fort Vancouver

Where: This program takes place inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, at the Barclay Quarters.

Cost: Entrance fees to the reconstructed fort are $7 per person; youth ages 15 and under are free. If your group is interested in attending multiple programs, the $30 Fort Vancouver Annual Pass allows for a year of free admission to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the passholder and up to three adults. No advance reservations are required for this program.

Artist Juneko Martinson Will Host Three Workshops in February 2018 - 01/25/18

In February 2018, the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host three workshops with felting artist Juneko Martinson at the Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Martinson is a fiber artist who raises sheep and alpaca in Brush Prairie, Washington. At each workshop, she will demonstrate felting and explain how she makes hand-crafted felted animals and other items, some of which are for sale in the Friends' Bookstore at the Visitor Center. Registration for each 2 hour-long workshop costs $25. This fee includes materials, tools, and instruction. Advance registration is required; call (360) 816-6216 to reserve a spot.

Sweet Heart Pins
Date & Time: February 3, 2018, 10 am to 1 pm
Description: Join felting artist Juneko Martinson for a special workshop and make your own sweet heart pin! This workshop is designed for all skill levels. Participants must be age 12 and older. Participants are asked to bring their own embellishments, such as beads and buttons.

Spring Bunnies
Date & Time: February 17, 2018, 10 am to 1 pm
Description: Join felting artist Juneko Martinson for a special workshop and make an adorable springtime bunny! This workshop is designed for beginning felters. Participants must be age 12 and older.

Petal the Piglet
Date & Time: February 24, 2018, 10 am to 1 pm
Description: Join felting artist Juneko Martinson for a special workshop and make your own Petal the Piglet! This workshop is designed for intermediate level felters who have attended Juneko's previous workshops, or anyone who has felted a three dimensional item before. Participants must be age 12 and older. For this advanced workshop the course fee does not include tools and participants are asked to bring their own needles and felting mats.


What: Three felting workshops hosted by artist Juneko Martinson and the Friends of Fort Vancouver

When: February 3, February 17, February 24

Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

Cost: $25 fee includes materials, tools (except for the Petal the Piglet workshop), and instruction

2018 Sweet Heart Dance Dedicated to Allied Veterans of World War II - 01/24/18

The nonprofit group Friends of Fort Vancouver is hosting the 2018 Sweet Heart Dance from 7 pm. to 10 pm, Saturday, February 10, at Pearson Air Museum's Historic Hangar. This annual dance is dedicated to all Allied veterans of World War II, the workers at the Vancouver Kaiser Shipyard, and the men and women on the home front. Music will be provided by the VanPort Jazz Band. The event will also feature a no-host bar sponsored by The Eatery at the Grant House.

President of the Friends of Fort Vancouver, Jane Jacobsen said, "People love to come in costume to join in the fun of the World War II era d├ęcor, to dance talk, and just have a wonderful, good time with friends."

U.S. and Allied World War II uniforms and period dress are welcome, but not required. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance online or at the Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington. Funds from ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver, an organization that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

For more information or to purchase tickets please call the Friends of Fort Vancouver at 360-816-6216 or visit www.friendsfortvancouver.org

What: 2018 Sweet Heart Dance

Where: Historic Hangar of Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: 7 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 February 2018

Cost: $25 per person, purchased in advance online or at the Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver