Tuesday, May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site volunteers make masks

The Columbian

HUDSON’S BAY — Volunteers of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s costume department banded together recently to make Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-compliant face masks to donate to local health professionals. Health systems nationwide are facing a shortage of the masks. “Our volunteers who make up our Costume Department are highly talented and very adept at sewing complicated 19th century apparel,” said Tracy Fortmann, superintendent at Fort Vancouver. “They actually sew many of our clothing items which we use for costumed interpretation at the national park.” The group has produced 300 masks so far, and some park employees also joined the effort. “While we are all facing this highly difficult health crisis, which physically separates us from each other and requires us to be homebound, this project helps give the volunteers and employees involved a way to support our local community’s clinics and hospitals,” Fortmann said. “I am honored to work with these amazing individuals.”