National Park Service opens South Barracks to the public for first time since 1849

On Saturday, June 23, the National Park Service (NPS) opened up the South Vancouver Barracks to the public at the Fort Vancouver Village site. The NPS, Portland State University, and Washington State University Vancouver invited the community behind the chain link fences of South Barracks to visit the 11th Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver. It is the first time that the public has been able to see this portion of the village since the mid-19th century. The site will remain open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays until July 28. It will also be open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Aug. 8 through Sept. 1, during a dig with the Oregon Archaeological Society. There is no admission charge. For more details, call Douglas Wilson at 360-816-6251.