Current Exhibits

Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America

Bead_2-2Experience the beauty of traditional and contemporary Native American beadwork from across the Northwest Coast, Plateau and Plains regions. Making Beauty connects the past to the present and brings to light the skills and artistry of Native people. Award-winning artists Charlene Holy Bear, Molly Murphy Adams and others are included to remind the general public that Native artists remain a vibrant part of our community. The exhibition invites you to explore themes: trade networks, materials used, skills, artistry, and the uses of the beaded objects. Tools, raw materials and finished beaded objects dating from the mid-1800’s to present day remind our audience that Native Americans continue to be a vibrant part of the fabric of our community.

Exhibition Run: November 5, 2015 through Fall 2017

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SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway

SP&S_Web Banner On Saturday, January 31, 2015, we unveiled our newest exhibit, SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway. This permanent interpretive display reaches beyond the walls of the Clark County Historical Museum and is housed in Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station).

This exhibit was made possible through years of work and generous support grants from the Transportation Enhancement Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

Families, travelers, train enthusiasts, and more will marvel at how our county was transformed by railroads over the past 200 years. From the dawn of the steam engine to how trains are the backbone our modern society, this slice of homegrown history is free to the public with plenty of parking.

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, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. Come explore Clark County’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.

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Woven History: Native American Basketry


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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