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Marshall Awards Recognizes Demonstrated Leadership - 04/09/21

Vancouver, WA - The Historic Trust will recognize a promising young high school student and a dynamic young professional for their demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service at the virtual Marshall Leadership Awards ceremony presented by Riverview Community Bank on Tuesday, April 27. The pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 7:00 p.m.  

This year’s ceremony will feature keynote speaker Lt. General (Ret.) Keith W. Dayton U.S. Army, Director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. You may register to participate from the comfort of your home at no charge or sign up for either a Happy Hour or VIP Package meal delivery in the Vancouver Metro area.

“The Trust proudly began recognizing our community’s amazing young professionals in 1989 and high school youth in 2001 in honor of General Marshall’s compassionate and caring leadership and his two year residence in Vancouver prior to WWII. Prepare to be inspired by former recipients and this year’s nominees,” says Trust board member and Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee member, Larry J. Smith.

In a letter written to General Mallory in 1920, Marshall said, “When conditions are difficult, the command is depressed and everyone seems critical and pessimistic, you must be especially cheerful and optimistic.”  General Marshall’s inspirational advice and call to leadership is especially significant now, as we begin our journey away from 2020’s challenges and prepare to recognize our community’s optimistic, solution-driven young leaders at this year’s Marshall Leadership Award Ceremony.


Sean Philbrook, one of the 2021 nominees, shared his thoughts, “Optimism isn’t simply a positive attitude. Positivity alone can keep an individual stuck in the status quo. Rather, for me, optimism is about casting a vision, staking a claim and relentlessly driving toward that objective with wholehearted belief in accomplishing the end goal.”

Tanishas Harris, 2002 Marshall Leadership Award winner and children’s advocate for over 20 years says,For me the award made a huge impact on the diversity work I was doing. It provided motivation for me, my students and colleagues to encourage and engage with the greater Clark County Community.”

The Trust is grateful to our sponsors, Riverview Community Bank, Davidson & Associates Insurance, The Columbian, Waste Connections, Community Military Appreciation (CMAC) and scholarship sponsors Kline/Meyer Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Dr. Roger and Katie Jarvis.


Photo of Chapel Remodel
Photo of Chapel Remodel
Providence Academy Chapel Renovation Wins Palladio Craftsman Award - 04/07/21

(Vancouver, WA) The historic rehabilitation of the Providence Academy Chapel has been recognized with a Palladio Award in the Craftsmanship category. Traditional Building magazine announced the award to SERA, the architecture firm which designed the renovation project, on April 5, 2021.


“The Historic Trust congratulates SERA for this richly deserved Craftsmanship Award,” said Stacey Graham, Interim CEO/President. “Their staff is well-known for its expertise working with historic buildings which made them a perfect partner in The Trust’s stewardship of Providence Academy.”


Rehabilitation of the Gothic Revival chapel, designed by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and opened in 1883, began in January, 2019 and was completed the following May. At the same time, the Trust also commissioned SERA to rehabilitate Providence Hall. The Trust invested nearly $3,000,000 in the renovation of these two event spaces, and related projects.


More than $16 million has been spent to date for the purchase and renovation of the Academy during the past six years of Trust ownership, including a roof replacement. Renovation of porches and accessibility improvements are currently underway. Estimates indicate that a minimum of $30 million is needed to continue upgrades of interior spaces, masonry repairs, replace the aging elevator, and landscape the grounds.


SERA’s design work was complemented by the oversight of the Trust’s Academy Property Committee and Project Manager Jessica Engeman of Meritus, and the construction expertise of Schommer & Sons.


Traditional Building has been granting the Palladio Awards for 20 years. The awards are named in memory of the enduringly significant 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who was known for his designs of villas, churches, and palaces and for authorship in 1570 of the influential The Four Books of Architecture.

Amazing Women in Aviation - 03/18/21

Media Release


March 18, 2021                                                                       Contact: Michelle Marra



Vancouver, WA - The Historic Trust will host a Special Saturday panel presentation featuring Awesome Women in Aviation, on Saturday, March 20, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Experts will speak virtually about their experiences in STEM careers in the aviation world. The program will be broadcast live at Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC). Attendees may register to be present or participate virtually at:  PFEC is located at 201 A East Reserve St., Vancouver, WA.

“Presenters include a NASA technician who worked on the Mars Rover, a museum curator who preserves some of the world’s rarest planes, and a meteorologist specializing in aviation,” according to Michelle Marra, Trust Director of Education.

Panelists are:

  • Lieutenant Colonel USAFR (Ret) Michelle Wagner, Admissions Liaison Officer at the United States Air Force Academy;  
  • Jordan Ruemenapp, Certified Flight Instructor, Gorge Winds Aviation; 
  • Jenna Cadwallader, Aerospace Flight Technician at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab; 
  • Emily Smithberger, Curator at Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum; and 
  • Rebecca Muessle, Meteorologist at NOAA. 


Attendees will gain a broader view of the variety of STEM/aviation careers available. Special Saturday education programs are free to attend courtesy of presenting sponsor Columbia Credit Union. For information on upcoming programs, go to

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PFEC is again welcoming youth and families back to Open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. State health and safety guidelines are being followed, including mandatory masks for all guests, volunteers and staff, enhanced cleaning protocols, prepackaged activity kits, and limited occupancy. Guests may explore the science and history of flight with hands-on STEM activities, get in an historic airplane cockpit, and operate a flight simulator. Through PFEC’s extended closure, staff developed new activities and five new laptops were donated by Comcast that allow guests to explore coding, engineering, and design through computer games and simulations. The cost is $7 for guests ages 6 and up. Thanks to presenting sponsor Comcast, all guests receiving SNAP benefits may attend at no cost. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on our website:

Attached Media Files: Awesome Women in Aviation