Exploring Fort Vancouver: Presentation by Doug Wilson at Mission Theater History Night
Mon, 07/02/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97210
About the Event
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) continues its monthly series of History Nights at McMenamins
pubs with programs at the Mission Theater in partnership with the Northwest Examiner. At each
History Night, The OE will look back at the people and events that have shaped our communities.
Visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org for History Night locations and more details.
“Exploring Fort Vancouver”
Presented by Douglas Wilson
Monday, July 2, 2012
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:00 pm
McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street, Portland
Free and open to the public
What National Historic Site contains the world’s largest archaeological collection of Spode ceramics, a
brand of English pottery founded by Josiah Spode in the first part of the 18th century? If your answer is
Fort Vancouver, the fur trade headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the first U.S. Army post in
the Northwest, then you are correct! Did you know that the Fort Vancouver museum collection contains
over two million archaeological and historic artifacts? The Spode ceramic pottery is only a small part of
this collection of objects that tell the stories of the many people who lived, worked and visited the fort
for over 150 years including, fur traders, soldiers, Native Americans, Hawaiians and European American
In this Oregon Encyclopedia History Night, archaeologist, Doug Wilson, will discuss the development of
the Northwest through the artifacts and narratives of Fort Vancouver, a center of trade and military history
in the Pacific Northwest. The fort’s museum collection, centered on over 60 years of National Park Service
archaeological excavations provides a tangible means to understanding technological change, health and
diet, the history of globalization, and the creation of the Northwest identity.
Presented by: Douglas Wilson
Doug Wilson is an archaeologist for the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. He is also an Associate
Professor of Anthropology at P.S.U. and is a co-author of the book, Exploring Fort Vancouver.
Cost: Free and open to the public
No registration required.
Event WebsiteThe Oregon Encyclopedia
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