Fur trapper brigade returns to fort site

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The annual Brigade Encampment returns Saturday to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site as re-enactors portray fur trappers celebrating the end of the trapping season.

The camp is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will start at 9:30 a.m. when costumed re-enactors in their roles as 1840s fur brigadiers will trek from Old Apple Tree Park and across the Vancouver Land Bridge to the village.

The public is welcome to join them at Old Apple Tree Park on Columbia Way, near the Interstate 5 Bridge. People also can park at the fort parking lot, 1001 E. Fifth St., and walk to the village just west of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver stockade.

The village events open with a 10 a.m. musket salute.

Activities include the Dame School and Young Engagé Program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing activities that were part of training for girls and boys at the fort in the 1840s.

Other programs include apprentice skills and crafts; tools of the trade: black powder; camp tales; name that pelt: fur identification; and cultural demonstrations and games.

The summer Public Archaeology Field School also will be doing excavations in the Fort Vancouver Village.

The event is free; fees do apply to enter the reconstructed stockade.