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Bit of HiStory: Christmas at the Fort

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Winter nights are long and dark in the Pacific Northwest. Before electric lights, the moon and the stars lit the countryside. Unfortunately, in the Pacific Northwest the winter skies are usually clouded over. So, against the midwinter dark, lanterns and candles glowed in the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort and the adjacent village. The fur bearing animals they trapped were gone into hiding, and it was damp and cold. There was little work to be done.

Time to celebrate!

To read more, pick up a copy of the December 2018 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Celebrate Christmas at the Fort with historical reenactments and holiday activities and crafts at Fort Vancouver on December 8, 2018 from 10 am-3 pm. Details here.

About Author

Pat Jollota retired from the Los Angeles Police Department and came to Vancouver to find a new career in historic preservation. She was curator of education at the Clark County Historical Museum for 22 years, while almost concurrently serving for 20 years on the Vancouver City Council.

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