A Publication of the Fort Vancouver National Trust
Fort Vancouver Times
New event with fireworks makes a comeback
Bank of America steps up as presenting sponsor
Our community had celebrated July 4th at Fort Vancouver
National Site for 46 years. However, in 2009 the event had
to be cancelled due to limited funding. This year
the Fort Vancouver National Trust, with sup-
port from Bank of America and other part-
ners, corporations and individuals, is work-
ing to bring a new July 4th event to our
community: Independence Day at Fort
Vancouver presented by Bank of America.
In order to make the new event economi-
cally sustainable, a nominal admission fee
now will be charged to those ages 13 and
older. Attendees will enjoy a renewed focus
on family, community and fun. Returning to our
roots, the celebration will culminate with a spectacu-
lar fireworks show launched from Pearson Field. Please
join us in supporting this iconic event and help bring back
Vancouver’s Independence Day celebration! For details visit
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will there be a fireworks show at this event?
A: Absolutely! The fireworks will be launched from Pearson
Field. Not only will the fireworks be a half-mile closer than
in previous years, but the fireworks display will be directly
overhead and will include a wider range of pyrotechnics
compared to past fireworks shows.
Q: What can my family do at Fort Vancouver National Site
while we are waiting for the fireworks show?
A: Families will find a full slate of fun activities to enjoy
throughout the day. The atmosphere will be like an old-
fashioned country fair with a fun, family-friendly focus.
l Live music and more entertainment on four stages: main
stage, acoustic stage, children’s stage and heritage stage
l Children’s entertainment including puppet shows, old-
fashioned children’s games like three-legged races, face
painting and more—and all of it free!
l Patriotic parade of vintage fire trucks, military vehicles
and cars, led by children festively dressed in red, white
l Teens will enjoy music, crafts, water balloon competi-
tions, dollar cage and more
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Fort Vancouver National Trust
President’s Column Bookstore and the Fort Vancouver Bookstore, property opera-
tions and historic preservation of Officers Row and the West
A Great Year Ahead Barracks and many more.
by Elson Strahan
Thanks to our recent successes—our outstanding Dancing
In the past year you may have seen a with the Local Stars fundraising event, our impressive 3%
bumper sticker that read: “I refuse to commercial vacancy rate and our 100% residential occupan-
participate in this recession.” In real- cy rate on Officers Row, coupled with the generous support
ity, few have escaped the recession. from our sponsors and annual fund contributors—the Trust
Certainly the Fort Vancouver National weathered 2009 poised to embrace a very solid 2010.
Trust was not unscathed, but our focus
We would not be in this position without your investment in
remains optimistic and our programs vibrant.
the future of the Fort Vancouver National Site through your
Case in point: in this newsletter you will read about our “rein- generous donation to the Fort Vancouver National Trust.
vention” of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver as well as our Your continued financial support will help enable us to meet
May 20th Marshall Lecture with National Park Service Direc- our mission objectives, which will enrich the cultural and
tor Jon Jarvis. In addition to these public events, which are part economic vitality of our region.
of our Celebrate Freedom programs, the Trust’s responsibili-
ties include operating the Pearson Air Museum, the Pearson
INDEPENDENCE DAY—Continued from front cover
Fort Vancouver National Trust
l Live music, guided walking tours, great food and a General O.O. Howard House
Beaches Cabana beer garden will appeal to adults 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
l Historical elements include black powder demonstra- Main: 360-992-1800 l Fax: 360-992-1810 l www.FortVan.org
tions, Victorian ladies’ croquet games, 1880s waltz dem-
onstrations by costumed interpreters and more Mission Statement:
Q: Where will be the best spot to see the fireworks? The mission of the Fort Vancouver National Trust is to achieve
A: The best place to view the fireworks show is at the Fort Van- national recognition of the Fort Vancouver National Site. The
couver National Site. The fireworks will be launched from Trust is a private non-profit organization formed to advance
Pearson Field, just as they were for many years. the preservation and education purposes of the Fort Vancouver
National Site. The Trust supports its partners in a collective effort to
Q: Will fireworks be visible from Clark College, the Columbia preserve, enhance and operate Fort Vancouver as a premier historic
River or Portland? site for public benefit through education, resource development,
A: The fireworks will be set off at Pearson Field at Fort Vancouver advocacy, community, identity, programs and cultural tourism.
National Site instead of from a barge in the Columbia River, so
it is unlikely that the fireworks will be visible for people who Board of Trustees Ex-Officio
are not at Fort Vancouver. Join us and enjoy the show! Ed Lynch, Co-Chair Jan Bader, City of Vancouver
George “Bing” Sheldon, Co-Chair Tracy Fortmann,
Q: When does the event begin? Stacey Graham, Vice Chair National Park Service
A: The gates open at 8 a.m. The venues and entertainment JD Muyskens, Secretary Jennifer Kampsula, MARS Assoc.
begin at 12:00 noon. Steve Horenstein, Treasurer David Nicandri, Washington State
Bruce Hagensen, Chair Emeritus Historical Society
Q: Is there an admission fee to attend this fun, all-day event? Elson Strahan, Fort Vancouver
Twyla Barnes Tom Koenninger
A: Yes. In order to make this event sustainable for our com- National Trust
Brad Carlson Mike McCoy
munity, admission will be $5 for adults and teens. Children Paul Christensen Mary Meyers Photo Credits: Bill Alley,
ages 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available for pur- Ward Cook Dick Pokornowski Dorine Bishara, Jeff Dodge,
Hunt Coracci Roger Qualman Kim Hash, Susan Holton,
chase at www.FortVan.org.
Eric Fuller Bob Ridgley Rob McNary, Brian Shumaker,
Q: Can I purchase tickets for those in need? Dean Irvin John Rudi Mike True and the National
Richard Keller II Mike Williams Park Service
A: Yes, you can purchase tickets for economically disadvan- George Killian
taged families. The Trust will distribute these donated tick-
ets through several local organizations. To receive this newsletter electronically,
email editor Susan Holton at susan.holton@FortVan.org.
Q: Where can I find more information? or download it on our website at www.FortVan.org
A: Visit www.FortVan.org or call the Fort Vancouver National
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National Park Service
News from your national park, Public Archaeology Field School returns to
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Thanks to the support of the Fort
By Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent Vancouver National Trust and oth-
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site ers, the annual public archaeology
Here at Fort Vancouver National His- field school will break new ground
toric Site, we are thrilled that Jon Jarvis, (literally and figuratively) at the Fort
Director of the National Park Service, Vancouver Village this summer, be-
will visit our site May 20 to deliver the ginning June 15. The field school
Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Mar- partners with Portland State Univer-
shall Lecture. We hope many of you sity and Washington State University,
will join us for this free public event (see page 5 for details). Vancouver.
We have a busy spring filled with free public events and edu- The field school will explore Fort Vancouver’s multi-cultural
cational programs for your entire family. The fact that the Village, home of the Hudson’s Bay Company workers. Also,
NPS Director will visit Fort Vancouver fortifies our park’s known as Kanaka Village, this was the largest Pacific North-
emphasis on educational programs for all ages. I am proud west settlement in the 1830s and 1840s and housed people
that we have programs unique to our site, such as our Dame from all over the world and the Pacific Northwest, including
School and Young Engagé School. For information about Native Hawaiians, African Americans, the Métis and people
any of the programs below, call the Fort Vancouver Visitor of many American Indian tribes. It was also the induction
Center, 360-816-6230. site for the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
and the field school will undoubtedly recover remains of
The Dame School and the Young Engagé School this important period of the Post’s history. The CCC in the
We are now instructing and engaging youths ages 9 to 18 in Pacific Northwest was headquartered at Fort Vancouver. Its
these two educational programs. Our Young Engagé School most famous commander was George C. Marshall.
and our Dame School are based upon the school that was
here at Fort Vancouver during the Hudson’s Bay Company Students will discuss the field school activities with visitors,
era. In the 1840s, 60 students attended school at the fort. In interpreting the significance of the site and the educational
the morning, girls and boys attended school together in the purposes of the project. The season also will include free
building known as the Owyhee Church. During the morn- public lectures by guest speakers and staff.
ing session, students learned to read, write the ornate cop- Fort Vancouver Visitor Center now offers
perplate script of the time and studied subjects such as ge- area-wide Visitor Information
ography, botany, math and music. In the afternoons, boys The downtown Vancouver visitor center, previously on
worked in the fields, gardens or trade shops and girls were Main Street, has combined operations with the Fort Van-
instructed in handiwork. couver Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Boule-
Following this tradition, our volunteer training program for vard on the south side of Officers Row. Now visitors have a
girls and boys encompasses many of the skills that were in- one-stop shop to gather information about the entire region
cluded here historically, as well as themes which assist the stu- while also learning about Fort Vancouver. Visitors can pick
dents in sharing their knowledge with today’s visitors. Cur- up free copies of the visitor guides, area maps and brochures
riculum includes carpentry, cooking, trades and gardening. and also can access a dedicated computer terminal to search
regional tourism destinations. Out-of-area visitors can
Fort Vancouver’s Annual reach the Visitor Center toll free at 877-224-4214 or locally at
Children’s Cultural Parade is April 23rd 360-992-1824.
Join us on Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m.
for our ninth annual Children’s Cul- Fort Vancouver is on National Geographic’s
tural Parade. It’s a fun, free event and a GeoTourism Mapguide!
chance to see thousands of Vancouver’s Another exciting note is that the Fort Vancouver National
elementary children dressed up in cos- Historic Site is one of four Clark County venues listed on
tumes and flags celebrating their fam- National Geographic’s new GeoTourism Mapguide for the
ily’s culture. The parade is the culmina- Central Cascades. This two-sided fold-out map is available
tion of a six-week educational program. at no cost at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.
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Fort Vancouver National Trust
Celebrate Freedom Programs
By Kim Hash
Director of Programs
Marshall Youth Leadership Award:
Fort Vancouver National Trust 40 et 8, Voiture 99 steps up to sponsor the Marshall
Youth Leadership Award for three years
The Trust’s Celebrate Freedom
office is buzzing with activity. Last fall during the Marshall Public Leadership Award cer-
We invite you to join us for emony, representatives from the 40 et 8, Voiture 99, a local
our 2010 events: veterans organization, announced their sponsorship of the
Marshall Youth Award program for the next three years. Paul
l Marshall Youth Leadership Award – March 17
l Marshall Lecture – May 20
l Flag Day Ceremony – June 14
l Independence Day at Fort Vancouver – July 4
l Marshall Leadership Award – November 3
l Veterans Parade – November 6
Marshall Public Leadership Award
presented to Phillip Haberthur
Phillip Haberthur, recently appointed
Deputy Mayor of Battle Ground, has
been named the 2009 recipient of the Mason and Phil Ruhmshottel presented a check for $50,000
General George C. Marshall Public to the Fort Vancouver National Trust. Through the proceeds
Leadership Award. He is the 21st re- of its Bingo parlor on 78th Street, the 40 et 8 supports many
cipient of this prestigious annual com- charitable organizations in the community. At their request,
munity award honoring the legacy of the recipient’s college scholarship will be increased from
one-time Vancouver resident General $1,000 to $2,500 annually beginning this year.
George C. Marshall. Haberthur, 32, is
an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He holds Established in 2000, this annual award is presented to an
a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and 11th or 12th grade high school age Clark County student who
a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Washington State demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of oth-
University. ers, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates
others to become involved.
In his letter to nominate Phil, Battle Ground Mayor Michael
Ciraulo wrote, “I first came to know Phil when he joined our
Rotary club and then when he was appointed to the Battle Celebrate Freedom Presented by
Ground Planning Commission. Phil immediately struck me as Flag Day Ceremony
a natural-born leader. His ability to gain others’ trust, his will-
Monday, June 14, 3:30 p.m.
ingness to do hard work and his global perspective on a mul-
This is a free public event
titude of issues make Phil the ideal recipient of this award.”
As recipient of the Marshall Award, Haberthur will travel to
Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation and to
Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He also will par-
ticipate in Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year.
The Marshall Public Leadership Award is one of the Cel-
ebrate Freedom programs produced by the Fort Vancouver FORT
National Trust. VANCOUVER
National Site on the
Parade Ground at the Bandstand
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May 20th Marshall Lecture to feature Director of
the National Park Service, Jonathan B. Jarvis
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of The National Parks: America’s
the National Park Service, will Best Idea, the documentary se-
deliver the Marshall Lecture— ries directed by Ken Burns,
the cornerstone of the Fort was the second most-watched
Vancouver National Trust’s Cel- limited series on PBS during
ebrate Freedom programs—on the last decade and reached
May 20 in Vancouver. 33.4 million viewers.
Jon Jarvis, who became the 18th Elson Strahan, President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver
National Park Service
Director of the National Park National Trust, said, “Clearly, the American people hold our
Service last October, stands at national parks in the highest regard.”
the helm of an agency that pre-
The Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Marshall Lecture hon-
serves and manages some of our
ors the character and principles of General George C. Mar-
nation’s most treasured land-
shall, who served at Vancouver Barracks as Commander of
scapes and cultural icons. Fort Vancouver National Historic
the 5th Infantry Brigade from 1936 to 1938.
Site is a unit of the National Park Service.
Marshall’s most enduring legacy is creating the postwar Eu-
Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service (NPS)
ropean recovery program known as the Marshall Plan, for
in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter. He moved up through the
which he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
agency as a protection ranger, a resource management spe-
cialist, park biologist and chief of natural and cultural re-
What: The Marshall Lecture
sources. He most recently served as the Regional Director
of the Pacific West Region. Who: Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
When: Thursday, May 20th at 11:30 a.m.
“Director Jon Jarvis has devoted his life to preserving the Where: Hudson’s Bay High School, 1206 East Reserve
special places of the National Park System—like Fort Van- Street, Vancouver, WA
couver,” said Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Super- Info: Free, but tickets are required. To request tickets,
intendent Tracy Fortmann. “Recognizing that our young call 360-992-1800 or register on the Trust’s website at
people are tomorrow’s leaders, he is committed to engaging www.FortVan.org.
youth in all dimensions of public service. This makes Jon Jar-
vis the ideal Marshall lecturer to address Vancouver’s youth.”
Wes and Nancy Lematta are honored at 2009 Veterans Parade
The 23rd Annual Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade pre- Parade Grand Marshals Wes
sented by the Frank and Joanne Lough Legacy took place on and Nancy Lematta rode in the
Saturday, November 7, 2009. With the theme “Honoring the Wells Fargo stage coach. The
160th Anniversary of the Army at Vancouver Barracks,” this Lemattas have been long-time
Department of Defense sanctioned parade boasted more community philanthropists and
than 110 entries. The supporters of the Fort Vancou-
reviewing officer ver National Site through their
was Major General generous donations to the Pear-
Curtis Loop (ret), a son Air Museum. The Trust joined the community in acknowl-
former commander edging Wes Lematta’s many contributions and was saddened at
of the 104th Division his passing prior to publication of this edition of the Times.
US Army Reserves
Thanks to a substantial gift from the estate of Frank and
stationed at Van-
Joanne Lough, the future of Vancouver’s Celebrate Freedom
Veterans Parade is guaranteed in perpetuity.
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Pearson Air Museum
Manager’s Message Open Cockpit Day is May 29
At this popular annual
By Bill Alley, Curator and
event, see the cockpit from
Museum Manager the pilot’s perspective. For
Pearson Air Museum the price of admission,
Operated by the Fort Vancouver climb into the cockpits of
National Trust a selection of the museum’s
vintage aircraft. In addi-
Pearson hosted presentation on T-6 trainer tion, youth ages 8 through 17 can enjoy a free flight from
aircraft by Museum of Flight Senior Curator Pearson Field thanks to the generosity of the EAA’s Young
Dan Hagedorn, senior cu- Eagles program. Flights are scheduled on a first come, first
rator and director of col- served basis so arrive early to register for a free flight.
lections at the Museum of
Flight in Seattle, present-
ed North American’s T-6: The Pearson Air Museum Bookstore
The World’s Most Famous Trainer Family at a free presenta- Chasing Icarus by Gavin Mortimer. Mortimer
reveals the pioneers of flight as fitting
tion on January 28 at the Pearson Air Museum. He spoke in
descendants of the legendary Icarus, risking
the shadow of Pearson’s own T-6. The North American T-6 all in pursuit of glory. Chasing Icarus captures
Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to both a pivotal moment in the history of
train Allied fighter pilots during World War II. aviation and the end of the gilded era that
would soon descend into the devestation of
John Kalde is Pearson’s 2009 Volunteer of the Year World War I, cloth, $26.
At its annual Volunteer
Dinner, Pearson Air Muse- Children’s corner: Parachute Stomp Rocket.
um awarded the traditional Three parachutes and rockets. No battery,
leather bomber jacket to no fuel required. Ready to fly in minutes.
the museum’s Volunteer of Adjustable launcher. Ages 7 and up, $22.95
the Year, John Kalde. John,
a long-time flight engineer Pearson Air Museum
and pilot for United Airlines, who recently celebrated his 91st embroidered key ring, $4.95
birthday, logged more than 450 hours as a Pearson docent in Pearson Air Museum
2009. In total, Pearson’s volunteer staff gave more than 3,500 embroidered luggage tag,
hours of their time in 2009. $5.95, Combined set $8.95
Soar with Books toddler program resumes at Pearson
After a hiatus, Pear-
son’s popular avi-
ation-themed sto- Windspiration Airliner
rytime, Soar with Twist airplane, $26.95
Books, has returned
on the first Saturday
Pearson Air Museum
of the month from 1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
11 a.m. to noon. Tod- Phone: 360-694-7026
dlers and their parents, grandparents or other adult chap- www.pearsonairmuseum.org
erones enjoy airplane stories under the wing of a vintage Museum & Bookstore Hours
plane, crafts and an age-appropriate tour of the air museum. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It’s free for children under age 6. Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Pearson Airplane Modelers Annual Show is March 13 Adults: $7; Seniors & active military with ID: $5
This annual exhibition and awards ceremony is in the mu- Students (ages 6-17): $5; Children under 6: Free
seum’s main hangar. For those of you have never attended, Family rate: $22 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
be prepared to see some spectacular craftsmanship.
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Pearson Air Museum
Curator’s Corner efficiency. The manufacturer claimed a 30 percent improve-
By Bill Alley ment over a standard propeller because “the slipstream (of
the prop) straightens out fairly well after one revolution….
The Everel Single-bladed Propeller This is the condition that permits the single blade to turn in
At first glance, it undisturbed air.”
just doesn’t look Experimentation seemed to back up the manufacturer’s
right. The usual claims, and the Everel Propeller was put to a practical test in
symmetry and 1939. Jesse Jones, who had been testing the Everel Propeller
balance one has on a Taylorcraft since its introduction, outpaced all competi-
come to expect tors in the Taylorcraft race at the 1939 Miami Air Show, fin-
from an aircraft ishing with a comfortable quarter mile lead due, he claimed,
propeller is miss- to the revolutionary properties of his Everel propeller.
ing. Perhaps it
The Everel Propeller Corp. relied heavily on Jones’ achieve-
was broken, a relic of a long ago accident, or maybe it is an
ment in marketing their unique prop, but in spite of claims of
example of a past experimental design. If you suspected the
increased efficiency, improved maneuverability and decreased
latter, you would be right on target.
fuel consumption, the single-bladed propeller never caught
The odd looking propeller attached to the Pearson Air Mu- on with the general aviation community. The Everel Propeller
seum’s 1930 Lambert R-266 radial engine is an Everel single- Corporation would continue to develop their variable pitch
bladed propeller, first introduced in 1937. The single blade designs, but utilized a more traditional propeller. The single
is balanced by a counterweight, and an axis point within bladed prop did not, however, fade completely away. Today
the hub allows for an automatic variable pitch for peak they are still commonly seen on flying model aircraft.
A benefit for the Fort Vancouver National Trust
including the Pearson Air Museum Saturday, September 11, 2010
For sponsorship opportunities, contact: at Pearson Air Museum
Kim Hash, Director of Programs
2009 winner Susan Courtney
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Fort Vancouver National Trust
Reserve the Date! Upcoming Events at Fort Vancouver National Site
3 11 a.m. 24 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Soar with Books toddler reading, crafts, Junior Ranger Day, Fort Vancouver and
museum tour, Pearson Air Museum, fee Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (NPS)
(PAM) 23-25 all day
4 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 11th annual Discovery Walk Festival, entire
Easter Brunch, Grant House, reservations site including Land Bridge (360-818-4280;
Daily Cultural Demonstrations at 360-906-1101 (GH) www.discoverywalk.org)
Fort Vancouver (7 days/week)
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of May
the life at Fort Vancouver. The Blacksmith 1 11 a.m.
Shop, Carpenter Shop, Kitchen and/or Bake Soar with Books toddler reading, crafts,
House come to life as staff and volunteers museum tour, Pearson Air Museum, fee
in period clothing demonstrate the work (PAM)
of the Hudson’s Bay Company employees
(NPS) 8 noon-4 p.m.
Cultural demonstration: Tatting, McLough-
March 10 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
lin House, Oregon City (MH)
10th annual Critter Count, Water Resourc- 8 1-3 p.m.
6 11 a.m. Second Saturday: Youth activities with ac-
Soar with Books toddler reading, crafts, mu- es Education Center (VWC)
companying adult, Water Resources Edu-
seum tour, Pearson Air Museum, fee (PAM) 10 1-3 p.m. cation Center (VWC)
6 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Second Saturday: Youth activities with ac-
Educator workshop: “History on Location” companying adult, Water Resources Edu-
featuring Dr. Richard Etulain, author and cation Center (VWC)
historian, presented by the Center for Co- 10 12-4 p.m.
lumbia River History, Red Cross House, pre- Cultural demonstration: Needlebooks,
registration at firstname.lastname@example.org McLoughlin House, Oregon City (MH)
13 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National Park Week, Fort Vancouver (NPS)
Airplane Modelers Annual Show, Pearson
21-28 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Air Museum, fee (PAM)
Volunteer Appreciation Passport Program,
13 12 noon-4 p.m. Pearson Air Museum (PAM)
Cultural demonstration: Botanical art,
McLoughlin House, Oregon City (MH) 9 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mothers Day Brunch, Grant House, reserva-
13 1-3 p.m. tions 360-906-1101 (GH)
Second Saturday: Youth activities with ac-
companying adult, Water Resources Educa- 15 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
tion Center (VWC) Spring Roll Out at Pearson Field sponsored
by Pearson Advocates for General Aviation
15 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Park Family Day, Fort Vancouver
23 9-11 a.m. Visitor Center and grounds (NPS)
9th annual Children’s Cultural Parade, Fort
Vancouver and along Fifth Street (NPS)
17 4 p.m.
Marshall Youth Award Ceremony, Marshall
25 6 p.m.
Multi-course dinner with Maryhill
National Park Service
Winery. Grant House, $75, reservations
28 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
2nd Annual Fort Vancouver Run (5K,10K,
15K) begins at the Fred Meyer Grand Cen-
tral Shopping Center, goes over the Land
Bridge, through the Fort Vancouver Na- 20 11:30 a.m.
tional Site and along the Columbia River. 24 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Lecture with National Park Ser-
Some proceeds benefit the Fort Vancouver Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony, Low- vice Director Jon Jarvis, Hudson’s Bay High
National Trust. For info: er Parade Ground across street from the School, tickets: www.FortVan.org (Trust)
www.energyevents.com/FortVancouverRun Fort (City)
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Reserve the Date! Upcoming Events at Fort Vancouver National Site
29 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Air Museum.
Climb into a vintage open cockpit plane,
29-30 noon-4 p.m.
14th annual Sturgeon Festival: A Celebra-
tion of Columbia River Ecosystems. Live an-
imals, hands-on activities, Water Resources
Education Center (VWC)
31 11 a.m.
Memorial Day celebration by the 40 et 8
CMAC (Community Military Appreciation
Committee) in conjunction with Washing-
ton Army Reserve units 2nd Brigade, 95
Division and 396th CSH (Combat Support
EVENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Hospital), War Memorial at Vancouver Bar-
Abbrev Organization Website Phone
racks on Fort Vancouver Way. For informa-
CITY City of Vancouver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cityofvancouver.us . . . . . . 360-487-8000
tion, call Dan Tarbell at 360-521-0540.
CCRH Center for Columbia River History . . . . . www.ccrh.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-258-3289
TRUST Fort Vancouver National Trust . . . . . . . . www.Fort.Van.org . . . . . . . . . . . 360-992-1800
MAR Marshall House on Officers Row . . . . . . . www.Fortvan.org . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-693-3103
MH McLoughlin House, Oregon City . . . . . . . www.nps.gov/fova . . . . . . . . . . . 503-656-5146
NPS National Park Service,
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center . . . . . . . . . Nps.gov/fova . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-816-6230
PAM Pearson Air Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PearsonAirMuseum.org . . . . . . . 360-694-7026
PFA Pearson Field Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cityofvancouver.us/pearson . . . 360-487-8619
GH Grant House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restauranthr.com . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-906-1101
VWC Water Resources Education Center. . . . . Cityofvancouver.us/watercenter 360-487-7111
Fort Vancouver National Site group tour reservations:
Group tours, excluding school groups (Trust): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenna Beck – 360-694-7026
School group tours at Fort Vancouver (NPS): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nadine Renfro – 360-816-6212
School group tours at Pearson Air Museum: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-694-7026
School group tours at Water Resources Education Center: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-487-7111
31 1:30 p.m. Fort Vancouver National Site facilities and rental reservations:
Memorial Day 1860s cannon salute, Parade Bandstand, Land Bridge, Heritage Oak and Picnic Shelter:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (NPS) – 360-816-6230
Grounds near O.O. Howard House (NPS) Evergreen Blvd. Arboretum (corner Evergreen/Reserve) . . . . . . . . . . Brenna Beck – 360-694-7026
Pearson Air Museum: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenna Beck – 360-694-7026
General O.O. Howard House: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenna Beck – 360-694-7026
Marshall House: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frances Anderson – 360-693-3103
Grant House:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360-906-1101
Red Cross Building/E.B. Hamilton Hall: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica or Matt – 360-906-1101
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Fort Vancouver National Trust
Society Members’ Corner
Meet Alishia Topper opportunities available on this remarkable 366-acre urban
national park. My door is always open for those who want
Director of Development
to learn more about this historic site.”
Alishia Topper joined the Fort Van- Alishia is a Battle Ground High School graduate and long-
couver National Trust in December time Vancouver resident. She holds a Bachelor of Science
as Director of Development with re- degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in For-
sponsibility for the Trust’s annual fund eign Languages and Cultures from Washington State Uni-
programs, capital campaigns and com- versity. She earned her Master of Public Administration
munity outreach initiatives. with a certificate in Nonprofit Management at Portland
Alishia said, “I am excited to be a part of this dynamic non- State University. Topper was also a 2000 NCAA Division 1
profit organization.The Trust provides our community with National All-American in the 800 meter and competed in
a one-of-a-kind support system to preserve our unique his- the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.
tory and to promote our heritage. I serve as a link for our Join Alishia and fellow Society members at the private mem-
contributors to engage in and take advantage of the ample ber receptions below. Thank you for your support!
Society Member Private Receptions 2010
Campfires & Candlelight
Saturday, September 18, 2010 – TBA
Join us for a private tour
through time, beginning with
the Hudson’s Bay period
through World War II. You
will experience the sights and
sounds of life inside and out-
side Fort Vancouver with a
National Park Service ranger.
Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours
A family friendly event.
January and February
l RSVP Requested
A number of Society mem-
bers and their friends enjoyed Annual Society Meeting
our two private Lantern Tours Thursday, October 7, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.
earlier this year. Each carried A way for the Fort Vancouver National Trust to say THANK
his own lantern and toured YOU for your support. Join us at Pearson Air Museum for a
with a National Park Service black-tie optional event while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and
ranger through the fur store, beverages.
counting house and bake
house. Christmas at the Marshall House
Saturday, December 11, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.
House at the Village Grand Opening
Select special Fort Van-
Saturday, June 19, 2010 – TBA
couver gifts for your
Celebrate the grand opening holiday gift giving at
of Fort Vancouver’s house at the Marshall House
the Village. A guide will inter- while enjoying a private
pret life in the Village during reception in this 1886
the mid 1800s. Private recep- home decorated for a
tion will include beverages Victoran Christmas.
l RSVP Requested
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David and Ceci Smith
know their support to the
Fort Vancouver National Trust
makes a difference.
“The Fort Vancouver National
Site is a special place. We’ve lived
all over the country and not
very many communities value
or invest in their history the way
Vancouver does. We consistently
support the Trust’s work to
preserve Vancouver’s rich history
Dave and Ceci today and in 1970.
Dave and Ceci Smith’s roots run deep in Vancouver. Ceci’s are passionate about ensuring that future generations, like
family moved to Vancouver in the early 1900s. Raised in the their four grandchildren, have the opportunity to live in a
Hough neighborhood, Ceci attended Fort Vancouver High community that values history and honors military history.
School. She graduated from Oregon State University, taught The Celebrate Freedom programs, including the Veterans
for the Department of Defense and obtained a master’s de- Parade and Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, and the
gree before marrying Dave Smith. Dave, a graduate of the site’s connection to military history all inspire Dave and Ceci
State University of New York and a naval aviator, completed to support the Trust.
a thirty- four year career as a pilot for Delta Airlines.
The Smiths have served on several Vancouver boards and
Dave and Ceci were fortunate to return to Vancouver more commissions: the Vancouver First United Methodist Foun-
than 20 years ago, when Dave began flying Delta’s routes to dation, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation,
Asia, permitting them to be the third generation to live in the the Clark College Foundation, the Vancouver School Dis-
family home. Today Dave and Ceci are involved in the daily trict Foundation and many more.
lives of their children and grandchildren, who all live here in
At the Fort Vancouver National Trust, Dave and Ceci not
Vancouver. Ceci’s eyes light up when she talks about picking
only contribute financially, but also volunteer their time
up her “little people” at preschool.
on several committees and for events. The Trust thanks the
The Smiths have been dedicated supporters of the Fort Van- Smiths for their committed support.
couver National Trust for fifteen consecutive years. They
Join the Smiths in supporting the Fort Vancouver National Trust!
Annual membership provides the Trust with vital funding The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a registered 501 (c)3
to operate the Pearson Air Museum, to support the Na- not-for-profit organization. Memberships directly sup-
tional Park Service in providing adult and children’s edu- port Trust programs and renovation on the 366-acre
cation and to deliver the Celebrate Freedom programs historic site. To learn more about the Trust’s activities or
including the Flag Day Ceremony, Veterans Parade and how you can help preserve Vancouver’s unique history
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. Contribute today and support education, contact:
and join Dave and Ceci and fellow community members
Alishia Topper, Director of Development
in honoring the past and investing in our future.
360-992-1801 or alishia.topper@FortVan.org
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Vancouver National Trust
Properties & Preservation
Officers Row: Fast Facts
One of Vancouver’s Favorite Places to Live, Work and Play
What is Officers Row? Who operates Officers Row today?
Officers Row consists of twenty-one Victorian-era homes The Fort Vancouver National Trust holds the master lease
along East Evergreen Boulevard between I-5 and Reserve at for Officers Row which enables the Trust to manage prop-
the Fort Vancouver National Site. erty operations, renovations and development at the Fort
Who originally lived on Officers Row? Vancouver National Site.
U.S. Army officers and their families stationed at Vancouver Do people live on Officers Row?
Barracks lived on the Row. Yes! The Row has 35 residential one- and two-bedroom
When were the houses on the Row built? townhomes ranging from 675 square feet to 1,600 square
The oldest house on the Row is the Grant House, built in feet. Residential tenants sign one-year leases ranging from
1849, and the youngest house was built in 1907. Sixteen of the $725 to $1,500 monthly.
houses were built in the 1880s. Can businesses lease commercial space on Officers Row?
Did Officers Row always look as pristine as it does today? Yes! Including the Grant House and the Marshall House,
No. By the 1970s, the houses on the Row had fallen into vary- there are 15 commercial buildings on the Row.
ing states of disrepair. These grand homes were in danger of What are the perks to living or working on Officers Row?
being lost forever. In addition to the ambience of tree-lined Officers Row, ten-
How were these historic homes preserved and renovated? ants enjoy a front-row seat to Independence Day, the Veter-
In 1974, a group of citizens began a grass-roots effort to re- ans Parade, 1860s vintage baseball games and other events.
claim Officers Row, and eventually the homes were placed Tenants can access one of the city’s most popular walking
on the National Historic Register. In 1981, the homes were trails within seconds or be in downtown Vancouver, on I-5
marked as surplus by the U.S. Army and were in danger of or Portland in minutes.
being auctioned to the highest bidder. How can I lease residential or commercial space on Officers Row?
Who owns the buildings on Officers Row today? Call the Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1800.
In 1984, the deed to Officers Row was transferred to the City
of Vancouver for $1. The City initiated a $10.9 million reha-
bilitation effort in 1987.
The most distinctive houses on Officers Row
The Ulysses S. Grant House, 1849 The George C. Marshall House, 1886 The General O.O. Howard House, 1879
Description: The Description: The Description:
oldest house on only Queen Anne Technically south
Officers Row was style home on the of Officers Row,
constructed of Row and the only this classical re-
hand-hewn logs home with stained vival and Italiante
and was covered glass, the Marshall style house fea-
with siding in 1855. House’s most dis- tures a symmetrical façade, low-pitched roof
Visitors can still see an interior wall of exposed log. tinctive feature is its turret. and polygonal bay windows.
History: Although this post commander’s History: Built as quarters for the Commander History: The original occupants were Gen-
house is named for our eighteenth president of the Department of the Columbia, the house eral Oliver Otis Howard, Commander of the
who served as quartermaster at Vancouver Bar- is named for General George C. Marshall, who Department of the Columbia, and his fam-
racks early in his Army career, Grant never lived lived in the house from 1936 to 1938. His most ily. A Civil War veteran who later headed the
in the house. The house was renamed the Grant recognized accomplishment, for which he re- Freedmen’s Bureau, Howard commanded en-
House following the former president’s visit to ceived the Nobel Peace Prize, is authoring the gagements between the Indians and the Army,
Vancouver Barracks years later. Marshall Plan for the economic rebuilding of including the Nez Perce War while stationed
Today: The Grant House is a restaurant open Europe following World War II. here. Howard later was superintendent of West
for lunch and dinner and hosts wine tastings Today: The Marshall House is open to the pub- Point and helped establish Howard University.
and holiday meals. lic for guided tours and it is a popular wedding Today: The Fort Vancouver National Trust oc-
and event venue. cupies the main floor of the Howard House,
and Congressman Brian Baird’s southwest
Washington staff occupies the second floor.
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Move into your Retirement Home
Rates for One Life Gift Annuities*
Trading One’s Home for Cash and a Gift Annuity
Age Rate Age Rate
Peggy was eager to move into her dream 60 5.0% 76 6.4%
retirement unit at Rose Villa but couldn’t
61 5.1% 77 6.6%
sell her home in West Vancouver. She then
read an article in the Senior Messenger 62 5.1% 78 6.7%
about the real estate program at the Fort 63 5.2% 79 6.9%
Vancouver National Trust whereby the 64 5.2% 80 7.1%
Trust acquires one’s residence in ex-
65 5.3% 81 7.3%
change for cash and a charitable gift an-
nuity. Peggy phoned Tom Bashwiner at 66 5.4% 82 7.5%
the Trust, and the exchange was executed 67 5.4% 83 7.7%
within a six-week period. 68 5.5% 84 7.9%
As the illustration shows, Peggy received cash that she used for her down 69 5.6% 85 8.1%
payment at Rose Villa and, beginning in December of 2010, will receive 70 5.7% 86 8.3%
life-income payments from her gift annuity. (Peggy’s rate is higher at 7.2% 71 5.8% 87 8.6%
by deferring payments for one year.) Peggy said, “This really worked well
72 5.9% 88 8.9%
for me. I’ll also leave a testamentary endowment gift to the Trust that
will bear my name and provide some perpetual support to their very 73 6.0% 89 9.2%
special mission.” 74 6.1% 90+ 9.5%
Peggy’s Gift Plan Peggy – Age 78
7.2% Annuity * Rates for Two Life Annuities are slightly lower
Cash - $66,250
$265,000 Costs - $38,750 Fort
Annuity - $160,000 National Trust
One Life $150,000
Annual payout of $11,520 for one life. Tax free portion of $7,880.
Please run me a confidential illustration. Below is my infomation: Tom Bashwiner
Director of Gift Planning
Home address: ____________________________________________________ email@example.com
Approximate value: $__________ Age(s) for gift annuity:_______ _______ National Trust
Owner’s phone/email ______________________________________________ General O.O. Howard House
750 Anderson Street
Mail, phone or email your information to Tom.
Vancouver, WA 98661
Photo: Tom Bashwiner and Peggy
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Fort Vancouver National Trust
The Membership Societies support Our sincere gratitude to all of our supporters who
the programs, planning and honor the past and invest in the future
operations of the Fort Vancouver
General George C. Builders Stewards of Time Duane & Margaret
National Trust, a not-for-profit Marshall Society of the West Nicolas Allenbaugh Lansverk
organization dedicated to achieve Dollie & Ed Lynch Steven & Jeanette Bader Angelo Investment Co. MacKay Sposito, Inc.
Peggy Andrix Twyla & Allan Barnes Tom & Donna Bashwiner John & Dona Marshall
national recognition of the Dale & Linda McLain
City of Vancouver Bob & Karen Bernhardt Broughton H. & Kelley
Fort Vancouver National Site. Realvest Corporation Peg & Steve Busick Bishop Jill McLean
Bill & Catharine Byrd Heidi Johnson Bixby Terrill K. Moffett
The Fort Vancouver General O.O. Hunt Coracci & Dale Bowlin Daniel & Val Ogden
National Trust: Howard Society Vianney Long Boyd Coffee Company Bruce & Pam Paris
Bank of America – Susan Courtney & Robin & Lyle Bradford Larry Paulson
l Coordinates the Celebrate Freedom presenting sponsor, Dean Irvin Mark O. Brown Performance Abatement
programs including the Flag Day Cer- Independence Day at Richard & Carol Dickey George & Diana Bryant Services, Inc.
Fort Vancouver Evergreen Memorial Les & Julie Burger Royce & Margaret
emony, Veterans Day Parade, Marshall Comcast Pollard
Gardens, Inc. John & Linda Caton
Public Leadership and Youth Leader- First Independent Bank Tracy Fortmann & Lee & Sondra Powell
Dave & Kelly Christel
ship Award programs and the General Gloria E. John Doug Wilson Alexa Mae Clark Ronald & Terry Prill
George C. Marshall Lecture Series. Eleanor & Georges Elsie Franz Finley Erica Clark Quantum Residential
St. Laurent Robert Franz Christine Rood
Henry & Lynette Curtis
l Operates Pearson Air Museum and Robert & Marilyn Ridgley Stacey Graham Davidson & Associates Martha Sharman &
manages event rentals and the museum’s SEH America Susan Gilbert Insurance Agency, Inc. J Warren Reid
Veolia Water – presenting Kent & Patricia Shorthill
events including Open Cockpit Day, Steve & Cindy Mary Denny
sponsor for Flag Day Horenstein Judy South
Aviation Summer Camp and Christmas Mike Dixon
Ceremony Jett & Loretta Hoskins Stoel Rives, LLP
at Pearson. Voiture 99, 40 et 8 – Ronald Keil James Tompkins
Roger & Susan Ehle
presenting sponsor, Ryan & Alishia Topper
l Manages the Fort Vancouver National Marshall Youth
Richard & Patty Keller First Pacific Associates
Michael & Courtney
Joanne Kendall Ron Frederiksen &
Site retail operations including the Fort Leadership Award
Killian Pacific Terry Murphy
Vancouver Bookstore and Pearson Air General Ulysses S. Tom & Marilyn Deborah Fischer Venerable Development,
Museum Bookstore. Koenninger LLC
Grant Society Beverly Fogle
Irwin & Dovy Florence Wager
Albina Fuel Stan and Colleen
l Serves as cooperating association to Columbia Cascade
Landerholm Freidberg Samuel Wheeler
the National Park Service at Fort Van- Company Jim & Kym Martin Frito Lay John & D’Alene White
Jim & Kay McClaskey Mike & Lori Williams
couver National Historic Site. ESD112 Bruce Hagensen
Eric Fuller & Associates J D & Dianne Muyskens Kim Hash Joe Wilson
l Holds the master lease for Officers Row Steve & Jo Marie Hansen NW Natural Heurlin, Potter, Jahn, Celebrate
and West Barracks properties, which en- Connie & Lee Kearney OTAK, Inc. Leatham & Holtmann,
ables the Trust to manage property op- Kirkwood Family Joe & Teresa Pauletto P.S.
Peterson Family The Scott Horenstein Law
erations, renovations and development Foundation Firm Ray Hickey
at the Fort Vancouver National Site. Miller Nash LLP Roger & Katy Qualman Wally & Marjorie Dollie & Ed Lynch
Ed & Cherry Shaw Hornberger Leslie Durst
l Facilitates the site’s Education Mas- Harley & Janet Morgan
George & Carolyn Kaare & Teresa Hyde Bob Bush
Steve & Jan Oliva
ter Plan and Long Range Plan operation- Sheldon iQ Credit Union Frank & Joanne
Vern & Jelene Peterson
al and program priorities in conjunction Dick & Annette
David & Ceci Smith Jennifer Kampsula & Lough Legacy
with its Partners. Lois Elaine Smith-Zoll Kelvin Wong
Western Display Ronald & Sandra
Port of Vancouver
l Provides financial support to the Elson & Jan Strahan
National Park Service for education Keith & Merle Koplan
Thompson Metal Fab, Inc.
programs. Jon & Colleen Thrift
l Promotes the Fort Vancouver Nation- Membership Societies
al Site as a visitor destination through Chief Factor’s
Guild Donations received $20,000+ General George C.
marketing and communications, man- Marshall Society
Ward & Lois Cook as of
agement of the group tourism program John J & Lois A Tennant February 20, 2010 $10,000+ General O.O. Howard
and coordination of public and private Foundation
$5,000+ General Ulysses S. Grant
events. Keller Foundation
Mike & Dorothy McCoy $3,000+ Chief Factor’s Guild
l Spearheads resource development Threshold, Inc. $1,500+ Builders of the West
efforts through planned giving pro- Vesta Hospitality Group $500+ Stewards of Time
grams, corporate and individual donor
solicitations and grant writing.
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Fort Vancouver Bookstore
Think Green for Spring!
Wildflowers of the
1000 Gardening The Collector Northwest Author! Off the Beaten Path Pacific Northwest Humming Bird
Questions & Answers Jack Nisbet The Sibley Guide to Washington: A Guide Mark Turner & Phyllis Wooden Necklace
The New York Times Pacific Northwest Trees to Unique Places Gustafson Native Northwest
$19.95 Author David Allen Sibley Sharon Wooton & $7.95
$27.95 - Plan a
$23.95 $39.95 Maggie Savage Hand crafted in Canada
wildflower hike this
spring and summer!
Tree Finder: A
Manual for the
Trees by Their Leaves
May Theilgaard Curious George
Tree Finder: A
Watts Plants a Tree
Heroes of the Sukie Mix & Match Pocket Manual for
$3.95 Margret & H.A. Rey
Environment: True Stationery Identifying Pacific Greening Your Office
Coast Trees $12.95 - Includes 20 Jon Clift & Amanda
Stories of People Chronicle Books Kid-Friendly Tips for
Who Are Helping to $8.95 Tom Watts Cuthbert
$3.95 a Greener World $7.95
Protect Our Planet
Lavender Sachets Native Design Zipper
Fort Vancouver Pouches
Herb Garden Recipe Vancouver, Washington $2.95
Note Cards $7.50 - Multiple Seattle Chocolates
Tote Bag - $15.95 Harvested and
Bamboo Salad Hands Galison designs available. Meltawaymint &
Use it for your handmade by Fort
Native Northwest $9.00 Hummingbird & Coconutmacaroon
Famer’s Market Vancouver Garden
$19.95 Raven shown. $2.49
The Fort Vancouver Bookstore Bookstore Hours: Open 7 days a week, Spring and Summer hours (beginning
Specializing in unique Pacific Northwest gifts March 16th, 2010) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Winter hours (October - March) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
and historical, educational and regional guide We accept VISA, Master Card, American Express and Discover; We ship
books for all ages. anywhere in the continental U.S. Gift cards available in any amount!
360-992-1824, Inside the Visitor Center, Educator Discount: Educators—including public and private school teachers,
1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA administrators and parents who home school their children—receive a 10 percent
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org discount on books, educational games and other materials for the classroom.
Online store: http://shop.fortvan.org Member Discount: Members of Fort Vancouver National Trust receive a
Retail Manager: Dorine Bishara 10 percent discount at the Fort Vancouver Bookstore and the Pearson Air
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FORT VANCOUVER U.S. Postage Paid
National Trust Mailed from
General O.O. Howard House Permit No. 94
750 Anderson Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
Unique & Beautiful Sites
for Ceremonies & Receptions
l For parties up to 600
l Extensive list of approved
l Free parking
The Marshall House
Pearson Air Museum