Candlelight launch for Fort Vancouver book

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VANCOUVER — A new book that tells the story of Fort Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest through artifacts will be celebrated at a lantern-lit book launch inside Fort Vancouver at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Titled “Exploring Fort Vancouver,” the book was edited by Douglas Wilson and Theresa Langford of the National Park Service.

The event will include an exhibit of several artifacts from the museum collection that are featured in the book.

The event is free. After visitors park in the Fort Vancouver parking lot at 1005 E. Fifth St., they will follow a lantern-lit path through the fort’s garden, through the stockade gate and into the fur warehouse.

Other co-authors are Robert Cromwell, Tracy Fortmann, Heidi Pierson and Greg Shine of the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site staff.

The book’s publication and distribution to libraries and schools was made possible by the Clark County Historical Promotion Grant program.

“Exploring Fort Vancouver” is available at the bookstore inside the Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.; it retails for $24.95.