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Vancouver Clinic and the History of Health in Clark County

The Clinic’s history starts in July 1929, when Dr. John C. Brougher treated his first patient in Vancouver. In the early days, Brougher traveled both paved and dirt roads to deliver Clark County’s babies.

An industrious and compassionate physician, Brougher’s practice grew quickly. By the late 1930’s, he needed help. The first to join him was GP, Dr. Frank Boersma in 1937. Then, that same year, Dr. H. Leslie Frewing joined as their surgeon. Two years later, the final founding physician, Pediatrician, Dr. David R. Loree, joined the budding group.

In 1941, they changed their name to the Vancouver Clinic and a pillar of the Southwest Washington medical community emerged.

Visit us and explore the clinic’s 80+ years of care, plus discover special medical-related objects from the very beginnings of our collection and more.

Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place

In the past thirty years, the population of Clark County has more than doubled, from 221,654 to nearly 500,000 in 2017. More than half (54%) of the current residents were born in another state, while over 10% of the county’s residents in 2015 were born in another country. Recognizing a growing gulf between recent arrivals and Clark County residents with deeper historical roots, Dr. Peabody and Dr. Sinclair, in collaboration with the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM), Washington State University Vancouver, and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District has undertaken a series of projects to identify bearers of these stories, foster outreach, community dialogue, and understanding, collect and archive these stories, and make them available locally and more widely for future researchers.
Please join Washington State University Vancouver, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and CCHM as we explore Clark County Stories at the following events below:


Sharing Our Stories

Storytellers drawn from more than 150 who participated in the 2018 “Clark County Stories” series will share their stories. The audience will also be invited to share their own three-minute anecdotes on the themes of “Favorite Places” and “Migration Stories” in Clark County.

Sharing Our Stories: Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, 98686

Clark County Stories Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum 

For more information: contact us or call (360) 993-5679.

Sponsored by: CCHM, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Humanities Washington “Washington Stories” Grant, Peabody’s College of Arts and Sciences Meyer Distinguished Professor Fellowship, Washington State University Vancouver, and Washington State University History Department’s Pettyjohn Fund.

2017 GiveMore24! – Your Place in History

For GiveMore24! the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) wants to know about your place in history! Our Museum is more than the building that holds our important objects, artifacts, and archives. It’s also where we store our community’s memories. That said, many of our memories are tied to a place. We are calling on you to share a place in Clark County where you connect with history, whether it’s a larger story, a place to preserve, or your own personal journey. We are looking for participants to send us a photo and a single sentence to show AND tell us about their place in history. Then on September 21st remember to give at : give-more-24.org/designee/clark-county-historical-museum-1

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CCHM September First Thursday: A Field Trip to Columbia Springs

Field Trip to Columbia Springs…

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) on Thursday, September 7, 2017 for our FREE Museum After Hours event to learn more about Columbia Springs!  This event will NOT be held at the museum.  We will be meeting at Columbia Springs, located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy. Vancouver, WA 98663 at 6pm.  We will be visiting this great organization, learning about its history, and taking a look at its beautiful grounds.

Columbia Springs is the historic site of the first lumber mill in the Pacific Northwest, and current home to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

We will take a tour of the facilities and hear about the history and current operations. This is a free event. Please meet us at Columbia Springs, we will be in the large classroom to start. Where comfortable walking shoes as we will be taking a leisurely stroll.

 

Cultural Traditions Community Meeting – Sept. 11, 2017

CCHM will be hosting a Cultural Traditions Community Meeting.  Join us at the museum on Sept. 11, 2017 at 10am to give your input on the development of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions.

Launching this fall, the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will be Washington State’s new folklife and traditional arts program, and we are hosting a series of community meetings to get your input on the Center’s development.

What is folklife, and what are traditional arts? They are activities and objects that are inseparable from a cultural community. They are expressions of people’s heritage and help tell their story: foods, occupations, crafts, traditional medicine, storytelling, music, and more.

The Center will support tradition bearers throughout the state, interpret the state’s rich cultural heritage, conduct meaningful research, and create a range of innovative media and programming.

Join us at one of our FREE community meetings across the state this summer and fall to:
• Learn about the development of the Center, and plans for its future.
• Learn about networks supporting Washington communities’ heritage.
• Discuss some of Washington’s many cultural traditions with community leaders, tradition
bearers, the Center’s Director.
• Share your ideas and questions.
• Help us create strong partnerships and effective programming
that honors our diverse pasts, shared present, and collective
future.

The Center is a partnership between Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA.

For more information contact: Kristin Sullivan, Director, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions: kristin@humanities.org | (206) 682-1770 ext. 107 or visit humanities.org

CCHM announces new executive director

The Board of Trustees of the Clark County Historical Society (CCHS) and Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Bradley Richardson as its new Executive Director, effective August 28, 2017.

Brad Richardson has worked previously for CCHS 2011-2016 as Museum Curator, Experience Coordinator, and Visitor Services Coordinator. Among his accomplishments were greatly expanding the successful Walking Tour Program, launching the History Town Halls series, exhibit design, and management of the museum collection.

Born and raised in Camas and Washougal, Washington, Brad Richardson holds an M.A. in Public History from Portland State University and a B.A. in History from Washington State University Vancouver. He was nominated for the 2017 George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and recognized as a 2015 Visit Vancouver USA Tourism Ambassador.

In 2017, the CCHS celebrates its 100th anniversary. Richardson notes, “The Clark County Historical Museum, founded by CCHS in 1964, is a remarkable local institution that collects, preserves, and shares Clark County’s story. As a lifelong resident, I’m excited and honored to lead this organization and continue this important work for my community. Our museum’s past is rich and future is bright.”

CCHM November First Thursday: Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present

 

CCHM’s First Thursday Museum After Hours on November 2nd at 7:00pm features Chinook Vice Chairman Sam Robinson. He will present a talk titled “Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present.” In this talk, Sam will discuss the history of the Chinook Nation’s existence and relationship to the United States from contact to the continuing struggle for federal status.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.

Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email or visit our website today for more information.

 

History Town Hall – Yacolt/Amboy

Hear and Share Your History

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the North Clark Historical Museum at 7:00 pm on July 17, 2017 at the North Clark County Historical Museum (21416 NE 399th St, Amboy, WA 98601) for the next installment of our 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 Yacolt/Amboy history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Yacolt/Amboy will examine the cities place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on programs and exhibitions.

Doors will open at 6:30pm and the discussion will start at 7:00pm. 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 at your fingertips!

Haunted Walking Tours 2017

 *SOLD OUT* Please check back for 2018 Haunted Tour tickets!

 

It’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!

Tours start at the Clark County Historical Museum at 8 pm every Friday and Saturday in October.

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 our sales page here to reserve your spot and prepay the $12 admission fee ($10 for current CCHS members).

 

 

Museum After Hours – Discussing Vanport with Zita Podany

Join us at CCHM on May 4, 2017, at 7:00 pm for a discussion of Vanport with local author Zita Podany. Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers.It was a city with many firsts. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time. On May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Zita Podany is a longtime resident of Portland and has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs. This lecture is part of our monthly First Thursday Museum After Hours Series. Continue reading

First Friday Book Sale

books_photo1During our First Friday event, May 5, 2017, 5 – 9 pm, we’ll be selling thousands of books, many old and unique! Everyone is welcome to this free event. Admission is waived for First Fridays but donations are greatly appreciated.

$1 Soft covers
$2 Hard Covers
Fill a provided box for $5!

 

 

 

 

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History Town Hall – Vancouver

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Hear and Share Your History

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) at 7:00 pm on May 15, 2017 at the museum (1511 Main Street, Vancouver WA, 98660) for the next installment in our 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 Vancouver history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Vancouver will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibitions.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the discussion will start at 7:00 pm. 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 at your fingertips!

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CANCELLED – Exploring Personal Artifacts Workshop

Tell Your Personal History through an Artifact at CCHM Workshop

People often discover their personal histories by writing journals, diaries or memoirs. A less known approach is to write about objects that have meaning to them—another way they can better understand the content or their lives and the historical context that always swirls around them.

The question of the relationship people have with the objects around them is a philosophical question that began with the ancient Greeks. It’s philosophers have yet to solve. This leaves fertile ground for each of use to explore our relationship with the objects around us and determine how they fit into our personal history.

During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to think and write about a cherished or personal possession in new ways.  They will explore and write about the relationship they have with the item and their personal history. An experienced writer will guide attendees through a series of steps to learn more about why this possession means so much to you. Attendees use writing exercises that consider different aspects of their artifact so they can gain new perspectives that help communicate its value to others—friends, family, or the world.

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First Friday – Open Beading

Bring your project to CCHM during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk on April 7, 2017 for open beading! Everyone is welcome to this free event. It’ll run from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. This is a social activity, not a class. Also, please bring your own light! While you’re here, be sure to experience the exhibition Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America. Admission is waived for First Friday’s but donations are greatly appreciated. Come make some wearable art with us!

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 Keirstead, 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!