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Six Days of Free History, Art, Music, and Literature Events in Vancouver - 07/12/18

VANCOUVER, WA (July 12, 2018) — August 6-11, The Historic Trust will host COMMONGround: The Vancouver Chautauqua–six days of free history, art, music, and literature events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Providence Academy. COMMONGround is modeled after the iconic chautauquas popular in late 19th and early 20th century America. Chautauquas brought speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, and craftsmen together for the entertainment and education of the community. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”

“The Historic Trust is delighted to offer Vancouver its first Chautauqua experience. We are calling it COMMONGround in recognition that this land has been home to many groups of people over time, from Native Americans, to early pioneers, to the US Army, to present-day Vancouverites. They are all a part of Vancouver’s story” said Richard Burrows, Director of Community Outreach & Engagement at The Historic Trust.

COMMONGround History Events

Walk + Talk Tours (Aug. 6-11, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site & Providence Academy) Learn about General O.O. Howard, Chief Joseph, and the Nez Perce Wars; Medal of Honor recipients in the Post Cemetery (presented by Vancouver Barracks Military Association); Architecture, People, and the Times; Providence Academy, Mother Joseph, and Her Legacy; World War I and World War II; and Aviation History on walking tours of some of Vancouver’s most compelling historic sites.

Explore History Through Technology (Anytime, anywhere) Learn about Providence Academy's history in augmented reality with the free Providence Academy Journey App available for download at the App Store or learn about Vancouver’s founding through play with Unfolding Vancouver, a community building game available August 6 for free from the App Store or Steam. Providence Academy Journey and Unfolding Vancouver were created in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

Military History exhibition (Aug. 6-11, 12pm-5pm, O.O. Howard House conference room) Coming together for the first time, this military history exhibition will include memorabilia, uniforms, weaponry, artifacts, photos, and historical documents recording the impact of the military on Vancouver, Clark County, the Pacific Northwest, and the U.S. This exhibit is presented by The Lower Columbia Veterans Coalition.

Six Degrees of Marshall exhibition (Aug. 6-11, 12pm-5pm, Red Cross Building, main hall) On special loan from the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia, this display highlights the General's visionary leadership in war and peace. Conceptualized around the theory of close association, the infographic connects Marshall to key personages around him and to the course, conduct, and consequences of the two largest conflicts in human history, WWI and WWII.

COMMONGround Art Events

Make ART! Workshops (Aug. 6-10, 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm and August 11 11am & 2pm, Providence Academy ballroom) Make art with Arts of Clark County! Workshops include monotype with printmaker Jason Mayer, crochet with innovative crochet artist Bonnie Meltzer, figure drawing artist and teacher Alder Suttles, and felt with internationally renowned artist Janice Arnold, with an exhibition of the work made during the workshops and dance performances by Washington Dance Creative featuring Josh Murry-Hawkins and Jackie Genis and Russell Capps in response to the work on Saturday.

Vet Ink: Military Inspired Tattoos exhibition (Aug 6-11, 12pm-5pm, Artillery Barracks banquet hall) Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos, on loan from the Clark County Historical Museum, features the tattoos and stories of eleven local service members who answered a call for participation in the photographic project of Kate Singh of Aevum Images. 

Fort Vancouver Tapestry exhibition (Aug 6-11, 12pm-5pm, Artillery Barracks conference room) The Fort Vancouver Tapestry is a surface design embroidered wool-on-linen textile narrative of the history of Clark County, Washington. It was completed over a six-year period (1999-2005) with more than 100,000 hours of volunteer effort. Presented by Fort Vancouver Tapestry Project.

COMMONGround Music Events

Opera in the Chapel (Aug. 6-11, 6pm-7pm, Providence Academy chapel) Opera On Tap Portland will perform selections from classic operas by Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, and Bizet, and musical theatre hits like Into the Woods, The King and I, Pirates of Penzance, and A Chorus Line in Providence Academy’s stunning historic chapel.

COMMONGround Literature Events

Read-Alouds at The Marshall House (Aug. 6-11, 10am & 3pm, The Marshall House).  Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries at the Marshall House for a special display of popular youth literature from the Victorian era, the 1930s, and today, with read alouds at 10am and 3pm daily. At the 10am read aloud, library staff will read “Young Mac of Fort Vancouver” (1940), beginning the book on Monday reading through until Saturday. At the 3pm read aloud, library staff will read from a variety of literature. Bring a pillow, a blanket, or a mat and prepare to be whisked away into a make-believe realm!

Thank you to COMMONGround event partners Arts of Clark County, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Opera On Tap Portland, Fort Vancouver Tapestry Project, Lower Columbia Veterans Coalition, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver Barracks Military Association, The George C.  Marshall Foundation, and Clark County Historical Museum.

For registration & more information visit: www.thehistorictrust.org/calendar/commonground/

About The Historic Trust: The Historic Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, celebration, and preservation of our community's history. Learn more at thehistorictrust.org.

2017 Fireworks at Fort Vancouver
2017 Fireworks at Fort Vancouver
July 4th Parking, C-TRAN Shuttle, and Road Closures (Photo) - 06/30/18

VANCOUVER, WA (June 30, 2018) — Over the course of July 4th, several roads in downtown Vancouver and exits on I-5 will be closed to move traffic efficiently in and out of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site before and after Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular presented by Columbia Credit Union. Vehicle access to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be restricted the day of the event and entry gates will be in place. Bags and permitted vehicles will be checked all day for prohibited items. Community members are encouraged to arrive in the late afternoon in anticipation of the spectacular fireworks show beginning at 10:05 pm. Here are some options to get to and from Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular safely:

 

PARKING

  • Parking in downtown Vancouver is free on the holiday.
  • ADA parking is free onsite along 5th Street for those with a valid ADA permit. A reserved ADA viewing area will be available nearby.
  • Public Parking is available at Providence Academy and the grass lot on 5th St between S Street and U Street for $10, cash only. No re-entry.

 

FREE CTRAN SHUTTLE

C-Tran will run two free shuttles starting at 6pm, one from Fisher’s Landing Transit Center and the other from the 99th Street Transit Center, with return service after the firework show. 

  • Shuttles depart from these locations about every 15 minutes between 6–8:30 PM:
    • 99th Street Transit Center
    • Fisher’s Landing Transit Center
    • No shuttle service is provided from Vancouver Mall this year
  • Shuttles return passengers immediately after the show

C-TRAN will run Sunday/Holiday service all day on July 4th. See https://www.c-tran.com/fireworks for details.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

Closed all day

  • Fort Vancouver Way south of Mill Plain
  • East Reserve south of Mill Plain 

Closed starting 10am

  • Evergreen Blvd. from West Reserve St. to U Street
  • Mill Plain Blvd. at Fort Vancouver Way
  • E 9th Street at East Reserve St.
  • E 8th Street at T Street
  • E 6th Street at U Street
  • E 5th Street at U Street

Closed starting 6 pm

  • I-5 northbound Mill Plain exit
  • I-5 southbound Mill Plain exit will be west only (right turn) except for C-Tran
  • Mill Plain Blvd. between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve St.

Closed starting 8 pm

  • Grand Blvd. between Evergreen Blvd. and E 5th Street

Closed starting at 9 pm

  • Fort Vancouver Way: all three lanes will be northbound
  • Hwy 14 Grove Street/Columbia House Drive exit
  • Hwy 14 Columbia House Drive/Columbia Way exit
  • No east/west travel on McLoughlin Blvd. at Fort Vancouver Way

 

Entry to Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular is free. Donations will be collected at the gates from those who wish to contribute to the event, with a portion of all proceeds supporting the Lower Columbia Veterans Coalition, a collective made up of the Community Military Appreciation Coalition (CMAC), Vancouver Barracks Military Association (VBMA), Combat Veterans International Chapter 9 (CVI), Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter (Buffalo Soldiers), and Special Forces Association (SFA).

This event would not be possible without the generous financial support of sponsors. The Historic Trust and the City of Vancouver thank presenting sponsor Columbia Credit Union; event media partners KGW, 98.7 The Bull, Comcast, and The Columbian; and community sponsors C-TRAN, Waste Connections, AMR, Homewood Suites, Vancouver Mall, and ADCO Printing.

For more information please visit https://thehistorictrust.org/calendar/vancouvers-fireworks-spectacular/

Attached Media Files: 2017 Fireworks at Fort Vancouver
Providence Academy will be open 2pm-6pm
Providence Academy will be open 2pm-6pm
Vancouver Fireworks Start at 10:05pm; BBQ at Home or Explore Fort Vancouver's Historic Sites Before the Big Show (Photo) - 06/29/18

VANCOUVER, WA (June 29, 2018) — This year is all about a bigger, brighter BOOM! End your Independence Day with a BANG at Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular presented by Columbia Credit Union! Pack a snack and a blanket, come to the Fort, and stake out your spot to watch the biggest fireworks show in the region.

This year, community members are encouraged to arrive in the late afternoon in anticipation of the spectacular fireworks show beginning at 10:05 pm. Visitors should be aware that there will be no live entertainment or food vendor services on site at this year’s event. Free water will be available. Visitors are encouraged to either eat before coming to the site, or to bring their own picnic dinner for the event–many downtown Vancouver business will be closed for the holiday. No BBQ or open flames are allowed on site.

Changes in retail fireworks laws have led to reduced funding for the Independence Day event that heavily relied on firework sales for support. “After conducting an assessment in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and the National Park Service, 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 want most,” said The Historic Trust President & CEO Mike True. Visitors who come during the day are encouraged to explore the history attractions at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site including The Marshall House, Providence Academy, The Fort, Pearson Air Museum, and The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center.

On July 4th, The Marshall House on Officers Row will be open 12pm-3pm, admission is free. The Marshall House was built in 1851 and is named in honor of General George C. Marshall who lived there from 1936 to 1938 while serving as Commander of the Barracks and the regional Civilian Conservation Corps. The museum-like setting features traditional furnishing, military memorabilia, and Marshall’s study.

The Historic Trust’s Providence Academy will be open 2pm-6pm, admission is free. Take a tour with a docent or go on an augmented reality adventure through history with the Providence Academy Journey app available for download for free at the App Store. Providence Academy was completed by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1873 and served as a school, orphanage, and governance offices for the Sisters of Providence. “The Sisters of Providence had an enormous impact on the development of Vancouver, Southwest Washington, and the Pacific Northwest. Their legacy of dedication, faith, and humility is a shining example of who we are as a community. This place and its stories should be shared with every citizen,” said Richard Burrows, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Historic Trust.

The National Park Service’s Fort will be open from 12pm-8pm, admission is $7 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Explore the reconstructed fort and watch living history demonstrations including black powder historic weapons demonstrations.

Discover aviation history at The National Park Service’s Pearson Air Museum and popup store will be open 12pm-8pm, admission is free.

The gift shop, bookstore, historic art, rotating exhibits, and theater at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center will be open 12pm -5pm, admission is free.

Entry to Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular is free. Donations will be collected at the gates from those who wish to contribute to the event, with a portion of all proceeds supporting the Lower Columbia Veterans Coalition, a collective made up of the Community Military Appreciation Coalition (CMAC), Vancouver Barracks Military Association (VBMA), Combat Veterans International Chapter 9 (CVI), Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter (Buffalo Soldiers), and Special Forces Association (SFA).

This event would not be possible without the generous financial support of sponsors. The Historic Trust and the City of Vancouver thank presenting sponsor Columbia Credit Union; event media partners KGW, 98.7 The Bull, Comcast, and The Columbian; and community sponsors C-TRAN, Waste Connections, AMR, Homewood Suites, Vancouver Mall, and ADCO Printing.

For more information please visit https://thehistorictrust.org/calendar/vancouvers-fireworks-spectacular/.