Current Exhibits

Food for Thought – Clark County’s Food History

Postcard_Front_7Meals are moments in which cultural traditions are transmitted across generations, hand to mouth. Visit your museum to view our latest exhibit, Foodfor Thought: ClarkCounty’s Food History. Come explore ClarkCounty’s shifting landscape of food as researched by students from Washington State University-Vancouver and illustrated using artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection. Opening Reception – September 4th from 5-9pm as part of First Thursday Museum After Hours.  Admission is FREE with membership. Lecture at 7pm by guest curator and Washington State University-Vancouver professor Candice Goucher. Event Sponsors:  VFM JPEG website Print _________________________________________________________________________________

Shadows of Conflict: Clarke County and the Civil War

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This exhibit opens March 25th, 2014 (opening reception April 4th) and closes February 28th, 2015.

While no military battles were fought here, the issues that drove our nation to war were just as relevant on the western frontier. Visit your museum to view our latest exhibit, Shadows of Conflict: Clarke County and the Civil War. Artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection will be used to illustrate how the war’s long shadow touched Clarke County and its citizens.

Click here to see North Bank Now magazine’s article on the exhibit.

Columbia Credit Union is sponsoring this exhibit.
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Labor: A Working History

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Click here to read an article in the Northwest Labor Press about the exhibit.
Click here for The Columbian’s article.

Run dates: July 11, 2013 – December 31, 2014

Clock in at the museum to discover the significance of Clark County’s work and workers by tracing their development against a backdrop of regional and national labor movement milestones. Learn more about the past, present and future of local labor through words, images and artifacts, plus interactive displays for the young at heart.

Following the reception, author and University of Washington professor Dr. Michael Honey will present a special Second Thursday lecture entitled, “Links on the Chain: Labor and Civil Rights in Story and Song”. Refreshments will be provided by The Grant House Restaurant. CCHS members, military veterans, and active-duty military personnel and their families all receive free admission to the museum; otherwise, regular admission rates apply.

“Labor: A Working History” follows the path of workers’ rights locally and on a national scale beginning in the 1800s with Hawaiian and Native American laborers for the Hudson’s Bay Company. As industry began to grow in Vancouver through large companies like the Star Brewery and service industry jobs increased as a result, workers began to band together to protect their wages and rights. Continuing through the 20th century, the exhibit highlights the effects of the world wars on workers’ unions and the internal struggles between organized labor groups such as the AFL and the CIO. Since the 1980s and the rise of inflation and automation, labor unions have lost much of the power they once held, and the exhibit notes the plight of present-day workers and the specter of a future where they do not have the protections of strong labor unions.

Sponsors

Click here for a current list of exhibit sponsors.

Labor Panel Discussion to Air on CVTV

In March 2014, we held a panel discussion with three local labor issues authors at the Vancouver Community Library. A taping of this 2-hour program will be aired locally on CVTV through March 29th, and is also available on-demand here.

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Woven History: Native American Basketry

Ongoing

Woven History PosterOn December 2, 2004 we celebrated the release of our 98 page, full color Woven History: Native American Basketry publication and the opening of our exhibit by the same name. The publication and the exhibit showcase the amazing baskets in our museum collection.

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