For a while now I've been tinkering with a document that includes information about Fort Vancouver, particularly the reenactment blacksmith shop and carpenter shop, with some context on the history of the Hudson's Bay Company, the Park site, and related matters. The piece is called "Fort Facts" with the subtitle "Useful Interpretive Information for Craft Shop Volunteers at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site." Anyone can access the document by clicking on THIS LINK.
Or you can download it in PDF (Portable Document Format) by clicking on the arrow to the right of the PDF version listed with other documents stored here .
This started as an effort to provide volunteers in the craft shops with information they could use in talking to visitors, and/or responding to questions those visitors often ask. It is a series of bits and pieces of information presented as bullet points and grouped by topic, not intended to be a comprehensive treatment of any given subject area. At the end there are a few items for suggested further reading, for anyone who would like to find out more.
Anyone interested in finding out what other online information is available on Fort Vancouver, the Columbia District/Oregon Country, and the Hudson's Bay Company activities west of the Rockies on the first half of the 1800s would do well to take a look at a more recent posting on this blog, "Fort Vancouver Online."