The name is now simply The Historic Trust

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first_imgAfter rebranding and refocusing, the organization that preserves and manages some of Vancouver’s most historic properties is now The Historic Trust.The group was formerly known as the Fort Vancouver National Trust. It has been most visible recently as the organizer of July 4 celebrations at Fort Vancouver and its renovation of Providence Academy.Mike True, president and CEO of the organization, explained Tuesday that the transition was more than a name change.“The rebranding is internal, too. We will have programs drive the organization, not property management,” True said at a reception at the Red Cross Building in the West Barracks.After the formal presentation, True explained the shift in emphasis. Efforts in Vancouver’s historic core “has been so property focused,” he said.That has meant acquisitions and construction projects, which, in turn, have required funding and generated a lot of paperwork and permitting.“As a result of our success, we’re at Stage 2 — building on that foundation,” True said.So, while renovation continues on Providence Academy, built by Mother Joseph, other partners are working on innovative programs that will introduce the pioneering nun to the community.Washington State University Vancouver is developing an “augmented reality” system that will enable visitors with mobile devices to meet historic figures.“There will be first-person encounters with characters such as Mother Joseph,” said Richard Burrows, the Trust’s director of outreach and programs. There also will be virtual tours of the building, he said.Visitors to Officers Row will encounter figures from history such as Gen. George Marshall and Ulysses Grant, but they can also hear stories from a nanny who worked for an officer’s family.last_img

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