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Hear how CCGS member Kay Cooke unfurled the leaves in her Norwegian and Swedish family trees. With scanty information, she discovered name changes, scoured the internet, searched foreign parish records, befriended Scandinavian genealogists, connected with cousins, and eventually, walked in her Nordic ancestors' footsteps.
The Village was a diverse community on the margins of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trade Fort Vancouver where most of the population of the fort lived. Since many of the inhabitants of the Village did not leave written records, historical archaeologists must contrast the few historical documents with the artifacts, features, and architectural remains of its inhabitants. This talk will explore what we can tell about the diverse people of the fort and village based on the historical records and artifacts.
Wilson is the Pacific West Region’s historical archaeologist for the National Park Service and archaeologist at Fort Vancouver. In addition, Wilson directs the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, which integrates university students with professional archaeologists and volunteers to provide new scientific and historical research while interpreting National Park Service sites. He also teaches the joint National Park Service/Portland State University/Washington State University Vancouver archaeological school at Fort Vancouver and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. Recent publications include Exploring Fort Vancouver (University of Washington Press), and chapters in Frontiers of Colonialism (University of Florida Press) and British Forts and their Communities (University of Florida Press), all of which are available at the Friends of Fort Vancouver NHS gift shop.
Map showing location of CCGS library