CANCELLED! 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series: Women and Politics

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Clark County Historical Museum and Washington State University – Vancouver are pleased to announce their 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series happening from 12 pm to 2 pm on March 14 and March 28 at the Museum.

On Saturday, March 14, CCHM hosts Community Conversation: Women and Politics in Clark County. In this conversation, historians and scholars, Donna Sinclair and Sue Peabody, facilitate an open discussion exploring and reflecting on the role women play as political leaders in Clark County. Several women in Clark County politics will be part of a panel, including former state legislator and Clark County Councilor Betty Sue Morris, former Camas Mayor, Nan Henriksen, and former City Councilor, Pat Jollota. Many current and past women leaders will also be present.

Sinclair returns to CCHM on Saturday, March 28, for Women’s Stories: A Writing Workshop, where participants unlock and share their personal stories as leaders and women in the community.

“We are excited to facilitate the stories women have to tell about their lives and community. I am especially thrilled to share what we have learned about the challenges and issues of political life from women like Betty Sue Morris, Pat Jollota, and Nan Henriksen. I can’t think of a more timely or important set of conversations to have than these as we look back on the anniversary of women getting the vote.”

Donna Sinclair, Ph.D. is an historian and scholar specializing in oral history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. Sinclair holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University – Vancouver as well as a Master’s in History and Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. She teaches as an adjunct for Washington State University Vancouver, served on the Washougal Planning Commission in 2017 and is on the Washougal School Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Peabody is Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University Vancouver. Her historical exhibit, “The Strange History de Furcy Madeleine,” about a slave who won his freedom in the courts of France and Britain, appears at the Musée de Villèle, Réunion Island, France.

This event is free and museum admission is waived for participants. Registration is not required but space is limited. CCHM encourages participants to RSVP to secure a spot.

The 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series is part of Clark County Historical Museum’s ongoing celebration of women’s history and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment leading up to the Friday, August 21, opening of our newest exhibit (Her)story: Founders, Leaders, and Visionaries.

The Community Conversation and workshop are sponsored by “Clark County Stories: Women, Suffrage, and Politics,” through the Pettyjohn Fund of the Department of History, Washington State University.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or

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