Exploring Fort Vancouver

Edited by Douglas C. Wilson and Theresa E. Langford

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  • Published: 2011
  • Subject Listing: History / Western History; Pacific Northwest / History; Travel
  • Bibliographic information: 128 pp., 134 illus., 100 in color, 3 maps, 8 x 10 in.
  • Published with: Fort Vancouver National Trust
  • Contents

To explore the sweep of human history at Fort Vancouver is to grasp some of the essentials of the North American experience. The fort has been part of the major historical trends of the Pacific Northwest for over 150 years, from the effects of colonialism native peoples to the role of the U.S. Army. Native Americans, traders, homesteaders, and soldiers lived and worked at the fort, their lives interwoven and their stories imbedded in the objects they left behind. Exploring Fort Vancouver uses some of the most intriguing objects from the fort's extensive archaeological and archival collections to tell the history of technology, material culture, globalization, health and diet, and the National Park Service at this significant place.

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Douglas C. Wilson is director of the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute and adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Portland State University. Theresa E. Langford is curator for the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.

"Exploring Fort Vancouver is a treasure."
-Robert K. Sutton, chief historian, National Park Service

"Anyone who cares about the Columbia River, history, archaeology, or the struggles among indigenous, immigrant, merchant, and military peoples has to own this book."
-Julie K. Stein, author of Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory

About the Authors

1. Fort Vancouver: History, Archaeology and the Transformation of the Pacific Northwest. Douglas C. Wilson

2. Identity: Using Objects to "Fit In" and "Stand Out." Theresa E. Langford

3. Technology: From Stone Tools to Modern Technology. Robert J. Cromwell

4. Globalization: New Iterations of Old Patterns of Change. Heidi K. Pierson

5. Health: Germs, Food, and Medicine. Heidi K. Pierson

6. The Park Today. Gregory P. Shine

7. Why Collections Matter. Tracy A. Fortmann


"In this beautifully illustrated volume, chief Fort Vancouver archaeologist Doug Wilson and curator Theresa Langford assemble the story of the fort - the archaeology of the past 65 years. . . . It tells the story of the settlement of the American West."
-Mark Michel, American Archaeology, Winter 2011

"Detailed descriptions accompany each photograph, providing historical context. . . . To help explain the significance of Fort Vancouver and its artifacts as they relate to local, national, and world history, [are] essays on archaeology, technology, and medicine. It all makes for a very interesting read."
-Jan Johnston, The Columbian, October 2011