The National Park Service is honored to announce that the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Portland State University Archaeological Laboratory Supervisor Katie Wynia were presented with the Oregon Archaeological Society's most prestigious award for 2013. The President's Award is granted to organizations that provide significant archaeological volunteer opportunities for the Society in a given year.
The Oregon Archaeological Society has a close working relationship with the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute and its partners, including Portland State University. The partnership provides opportunities for Society members to volunteer on various aspects of archaeological projects - training the next generation of archaeologists while assisting the National Park Service in accomplishing its goals to protect cultural resources. In particular, Ms. Wynia has been instrumental in growing this mutually beneficial program through her professionalism, knowledge, and skills specific to volunteer programs and historical archaeology. The President's Award was granted to Ms. Wynia and the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute on April 1, 2014 at the Oregon Archaeological Society General Meeting by Past President Elaine Dorset. Dr. Robert Cromwell, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver, represented the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute at the awards ceremony.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs - including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities - create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Pacific Northwest’s first hospital, school, orchard, library, grist mill, saw mill, shipyard, and dairy were all established at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver? Learn more about this by visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site! More...