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Summer’s End Promenade and Public Lands Day to be celebrated at Fort Vancouver

Event is part of the national park’s celebration of National Public Lands Day

VANCOUVER — The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will present the annual Summer’s End Promenade on Sat., Sept. 29, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., as part of the national park’s celebration of National Public Lands Day.

National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks of all ages will be attired in a range of period clothing illustrating 110 years of history represented at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. They will stroll down Officers’ Row and along the national park’s historic Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.


What: Summer’s End Promenade, a celebration of National Public Lands Day

When: Sat., Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Officers’ Row & the Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Inclement weather locations are the Grant House and Pearson Air Museum.


In addition to connecting visitors to the site’s history, the costumed volunteers will help celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country, and one of the National Park Service’s 2018 “fee free” days.

Visitors are invited to stop and have one-on-one conversations with participants about what was taking place onsite and in the Pacific Northwest during the era each costume represents. Volunteers from the park’s Costume and Textile Department will also be on hand to answer questions about clothing construction and style. Photography is welcome.

In case of inclement weather, the Promenade will visit the Grant House and relocate to the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum at 1115 E. Fifth Street.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the grounds of the national park and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and see the results of the national park’s Costume and Textile Department’s dedicated volunteers, who work behind the scenes to help park programs come alive.

“This event is an annual celebration of the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers who help to put together and manage the largest historic costume collection in the National Park Service,” said Eileen Trestain, volunteer/coordinator of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Costume and Textile Department.

“Tremendous work is put into reproduction costumes at the park, allowing the public to see the level of detail and care our staff and volunteers put into representing the past. This year the event will have a special focus on uniforms and costumes from 100 years ago, and the centennial of the end of World War I,” said Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

National Public Lands Day, which also takes place on Sept. 29, brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise, and enjoyment. In honor of this day, all national parks nationwide, including Fort Vancouver NHS, will waive their admission fees.

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