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History Annual Release and Authors Panel

CCHM Annual Release & Authors Panel

Join us at CCHM on April 6, 2017, at 7:00 pm for a panel discussion featuring several authors involved in the 2016 History Annual. The panel will be moderated by the Annuals editor Martin Middlewood and will include authors Jan Anderson, Jeff Davis, Howard Gingold, Mike Kiersted, and Jim Pestillo.They will discuss how they chose their topic, what they set out to answer, what resources they used, and they might give us a sneak peak into what they are working on next. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Museum After Hours Series.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00 pm and the discussion will start at 7:00 pm. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

Old City Cemetery Walk

cemetery_walk_web-square_300This tour has sold out. Join us October 20, 2016 at 6pm for a special ONE night only tour of Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery! In a partnership with Urban Forestry, CCHM tour guide Brad Richardson will present the history of the cemetery and  the history of those who have been laid to rest.

Tours start at the NW Corner of the Old City Cemetery (2700 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661). The tour goes rain or shine, we recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Don’t miss this chance to discover the history of one of the oldest cemeteries in Vancouver. Space is limited, reservations and advanced payment are required. Tickets can be purchased via our Paypal button below or contact us at (360) 993-5679 to reserve your spot!

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Museum Remodel

Museum Closing Temporarily

After having an unexpected delay, we are excited to announce that the Museum remodel is happening. The City of Vancouver, who owns the building, is removing the mid-century era floor tile on the main and lower floors.  Upstairs, the original wood flooring will be refinished.  Downstairs, vinyl tile will go in.  After the floors are replaced upstairs, the lobby and the NW and SW galleries will be painted.  This work will take roughly two months.  We’ll close on October 1 at end of day.  Visit soon to see Woven History one last time.  When we re-open it will be replaced with All Aboard! Clark County Rides the Rails. Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress will also close on October 1.

While we are closed, we’ll be working on special projects like revamping our website, planning for our 100th Anniversary celebration, and tackling a backlog of collections processing.  Haunted Walking Tours will continue as scheduled, new this year, we will be starting inside Slocum House.  Patrons will have limited and conditional access to the Research Library upon request.  There will be no First Thursday program October – January. Our annual member meeting will be on November 17 at a location to be determined.

A re-opening date will be announced in November.

Haunted Walking Tours 2016

And now for something REALLY SCARY…

Tours are done for the 2016 season. Come back next year for more opportunities.

haunted-walking-tour_square_300It’s Haunted Walking Tour Season! Experience a spooky slant on history on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour on a dark (but hopefully not stormy) night. Reserve your spot now, as these popular tours fill up quickly!

New this year tours start at the Slocum House at 7 pm and 9 pm every Friday and Saturday in October (except Halloween).

Reservations and prepayment are REQUIRED for the haunted walking tours. Space is limited to 25 people per tour, so you MUST call us at (360) 993-5679 or use Paypal(below) to reserve your spot and prepay the $10 admission fee ($8 for current CCHS members).

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First Thursday Panel – Voices of Progress

September First Thursday_Web SquareJoin CCHM on September 1, 2016 at 7:00pm for a panel discussion featuring several women involved in Founding Mother’s: Portraits of Progress. They will gather to discuss their experience with the project, the work they’ve done in the community, and what women have inspired their lives. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Lecture Series.

Be sure to come by early to explore the exhibit Founding Mother’s: Portraits of Progress. It contains 47 portraits of remarkable women from Clark County, 6 of which are making their debut at CCHM.

 

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm and the discussion will start at 7:00pm. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!

Sponsored by: Clark County Historic Preservation Commission

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Researching Your Building, Home, or Property

Have you ever wondered who used to live and work in your home or on your property? Well, wonder no more…

Join our resident historian Brad Richardson on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10:00am at the Ridgefield Community Center (210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642) for a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property. Tickets are $15 ($10 for CCHS members). Space is limited, reservations required. Contact us at (360) 993-5679 or email today to hold your spot!


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Tourpocalypse & GiveMore24!

The TOURPOCALYPSE! was a success!

We raised $3435 beating our goals and ensuring we walked all twelve tours.

Thank you to everyone who gave for making GiveMore24! such a success both for us and for the numerous nonprofits taking part.

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What is Tourpocalypse?

Tourpocalypse is all 12 of CCHM’s Vancouver Neighborhood tours wrapped up into one day long event. Starting at 9am on September 22nd, our Curator Brad Richardson will be taking this challenge on as the lone guide. We invite the public to join him on the walks(we’ll post on our social media where people can join him), or you can watch the livestream of the event on Facebook from the comfort of home.

Why Tourpocalypse?

Why would we put Brad through this marathon of walking and talking? Well its not because he lost a bet or anything… We are offering this unique event to draw attention to our participation in GiveMore24!

What’s GiveMore24!?

So glad you asked, Give More 24! is southwest Washington’s largest day of giving. The one day when our entire region comes together–online and offline–and gives for 24 hours straight. More than 100 nonprofits serving southwest Washington will participate and encourage everyone who cares about the region to give what they can, wherever they are, at the same time.

Last year, thousands of local residents instantly and easily connected to causes in southwest Washington and brought new faces to philanthropy. By combining their generosity, they proved that absolutely everything–every person, every dollar and every second–counts when it comes to giving back and building a vibrant community.

So what’s in this for CCHM?

Your support! We do have a catch that the Tourpocalypse can only continue if we hit our giving goals for GiveMore24! If you enjoy what we offer then show your support and give on the GM24 page to keep Brad going on his trek across Vancouver.

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Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Grist Mill_Web Square_Daily Insider-OursCCHM’s First Thursday program on August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm will feature an offsite talk at the famed Cedar Creek Grist Mill at 43907 NE Grist Mill Road, Woodland, WA 98674. The topic for the evening will be the mill, its history, and its restoration. The mill, built in 1876, served not only as a mill but as a social center, blacksmith shop, private residence, and fish ladder. Entrance for the talk is free. Space and parking are limited. Arrive early to ensure a seat for this offsite talk. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit our website today for directions or more information.

 

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Historical Women of Vancouver Walking Tour

Historical Women Walk Web Square copyJoin us for a walk highlighting the central role founding mothers and current women leaders have played in Clark County’s history; past, present, and future. The streets of Vancouver ring with the powerful reverberations of these women’s effort and influence; from the original founding mother, Esther Short, to the subsequent groundbreaking endeavors of Clark County women in politics, business, and community.

The walk will start at Esther Short Park and end at the Clark County Historical Museum. It will take roughly an hour and goes rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Upcoming available dates for this tour are:

  • August 26th at Noon
  • September 2nd at 6pm
  • September 17th at Noon

Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Contact us today at (360) 993-5679 or by email to arrange a tour for group of 10 to 25!


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History Town Hall: Ridgefield

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Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the City of Ridgefield at 6:00pm on July 25, 2016 at the A Pickled Heron Gallery and Ballroom (418 Pioneer St. Ridgefield, WA 98642) for the first in a series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage.

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments they feel embody the spirit of Ridgefield history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Ridgefield will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

Over the next few years, CCHM will install a permanent exhibition telling the overall story of Clark County’s history. These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in this story. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibition.

Doors will open at 5:30pm and the discussion will start at 6:00pm. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!

 

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Arnada Garden Tour

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Clark County Historical Museum tour guide Brad Richardson will be joined by former OSU & WSU Master Gardener Barbara Clark to present a Tree and Front Garden Themed Walking Tour of the Arnada Neighborhood on Friday, August 5, 2016 beginning 6pm at Arnada Park (610 E 25th St, Vancouver, WA 98663). Brad and Barbara highlight the history of the homes in this historic neighborhood as well as heritage trees and the home’s contemporary gardens. The tour will end at Cellar55 (1812 Washington St. Vancouver, WA 98660).

Reservations for this special tour are required. Call 360/993-5679 to reserve seats. Cost is $7 for museum members and $9 for non-members.

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Ridgefield

On our first tour outside of Vancouver we explore historic downtown Ridgefield, Washington. The original inhabitants of the Ridgefield area were a Chinook tribe whose village was located along the banks of Lake River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition visited the area twice, once in 1805 enroute to the Pacific Ocean and the next in 1806 on the return voyage.

At a special election held in 1909 the people decided by a vote of 62-12 in favor of incorporation, and the city of Ridgefield was born. The established businesses for the City in 1909, as advertised in the Ridgefield Reflector, were two general merchandise stores, a department store, two lumber mills, a water well contractor & driller, two contractors and builders, a boat builder, meat market, hotel, livery and draying, boot & shoemaker, creamery, barber shop, blacksmith, realtor, and a weaver. From the start of the settlement the Cartys, Shoberts, and other prominent families played an important role in the progress and development of Ridgefield. Descendants of these families still reside in Ridgefield.

Carter Park/Lincoln Neighborhoods

Originally known as the Capitol Hill, the Carter Park and Lincoln Neighborhoods were the place to live for Clark County’s movers and shakers from the 1920s to the 1960s. The land for Carter Park, in the neighborhoods namesake, was deeded to the city by Walter E Carter, owner of a dry goods store downtown. Eventually, Carter and his sister Sally opened up the CC Store, a store that was a Vancouver mainstay until the 1980s.

Other sites included on this tour are Carter Park, the Campbell House (Columbian), the Dubois House (Dubois Lumber) , and much more.

Shumway Neighborhood

Hidden behind the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) this neighborhood holds many hidden historical treasures. The most visible landmark, the VSAA, was originally Shumway Junior High School. Built in 1929, it was dedicated to and named for Charles Shumway, who came to town to serve as superintendent of schools. Learning that the school would be named for him, he responded, “You should not have done it—really you should not.”

Other sites included on this tour are the home of Vancouver city charter author Charles W. Hall, the Pythias Home, United First Methodist Church, and much more.

Middle Main

Referred to, informally, as “Vancouver’s Greatest Hits,” this tour is replete with one remarkable building after another. The historical anchor of the tour is the House of Providence. Commonly known as “The Academy”, this structure is one of the most significant pieces of historic architecture in the Northwest. Completed in 1874, the Academy is the earliest remaining example of many charitable institutions built throughout the region by Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence.

Other sites included on this tour are Vancouver’s 1909 Library, the Lowell M. Hidden House, Kiggins Theatre, and much more.