With spring-like weather on the way, we love to see dogs and their owners out for walks at Fort Vancouver NHS! As a reminder, dogs must be on a leash at all times at the national park. For more info & dates for upcoming #BarkRanger
tours, visit the link in our profile! 🐶 #dogsinparks #FortVancouver #FindYourPark
It’s a winter wonderland! We are open today. If you visit, please dress for the weather and drive and walk safely! ❄️ #VanWA #FortVancouver
This heart was made by a welder working at the Vancouver Kaiser Shipyard as a "practice piece." During World War II, Vancouver's Kaiser Shipyard produced aircraft carriers and liberty ships for the war effort. This artifact was found by archaeologists working in the area of the Columbia River waterfront where the shipyards were located. Today, it is on display at Pearson Air Museum. ❤️#ValentinesDay #VanWA #WWII #archaeology #nationalparks
This heart-shaped locket, now a part of our museum collection, was owned by Hudson's Bay Company clerk William Glen Rae. William Glen Rae was born in 1808 in Orkney, Scotland. His father served as a Hudson’s Bay Company agent, and was responsible for recruiting Orkney Islanders into HBC service. He was so good at his job that he recruited all three of his sons, including William.
William arrived in Canada in 1827, but shortly after his arrival he sustained an injury to one of his eyes in a hunting accident. He went to England twice for treatment, including a trip for an operation in 1830, without which he might have gone blind. When he returned to Canada in 1831, he carried with him this locket. The significance of the initials engraved on the outside of the locket is unknown, and the locket is now empty.
In 1837, Rae was assigned to Fort Vancouver, and in the spring of 1838, he married Chief Factor Dr. John McLoughlin's daughter, Eloisa.
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Happy Valentine's Day! This brass suspender buckle was likely used by a resident of the US Army's Vancouver Barracks between 1850 and 1870. It was found in the 1970s during archaeological excavations in the area to the west of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, and is now part of our museum collection. ❤️ #ValentinesDay #VanWA #archaeology #nationalparks
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jail, built in 1842, was the first in the Northwest. It may have been built to house the murderers of Chief Factor John McLoughlins’s son, John Jr., who was killed that year at Fort Stikine.
It’s dry and almost sunny at Fort Vancouver! What a great day to #FindYourPark
At the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, visitors are sharing stories of their ancestors. What is a place or object that has a special meaning for your family? #FortVancouver #FindYourPark
Rain or shine, the tour must go on! This morning, Rangers Julia and Scott are guiding students from Corbett, Oregon, on a tour of Fort Vancouver! 🌧 #FindYourPark
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