CCHM Speaker Series

CCHM Speaker Series – Clark County Stories: Conversations with Women in Politics

Speaker Donna Sinclair, PhD

CCHM’s 2020 Speaker Series continues on Facebook Live Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m., with Donna Sinclair in “Clark County Stories: Conversations with Women in Politics”.

In this presentation based on the Clark County Stories project conducted in partnership with WSU Vancouver, historians and scholars, Donna Sinclair and Sue Peabody, highlight a series of conversational interviews and discussions exploring and reflecting on the role women have played as political leaders in Clark County. Several women in Clark County politics participated in recorded discussions for this program, including former congresswoman and state legislator, Linda Smith, former state legislator and Clark County Councilor Betty Sue Morris, former Camas Mayor, Nan Henriksen, and former City Councilor, Pat Jollota.

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.

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Wager Audio. In our effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, this event will be streamed free on Facebook.

The Clark County Stories project is supported through the Pettyjohn Fund of the Department of History, Washington State University.

CCHM Speaker Series – “Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later”

CCHM’s Speaker Series continues on Facebook Live Thursday, May 7th at 7 pm, with “Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later”. Join CCHM Executive Director, Brad Richardson, as he looks back at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the events surrounding that day.

During this month’s Speaker Series event, Brad will reflect on the most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history. He will discuss the past volcanic events around Clark County, the lead up to that faithful morning, as well as the short- and long-term economic and cultural impacts it had on the region.

The CCHM 2020 Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Wager Audio. In our effort to support social distancing, this event will be streamed free on Facebook.

If you would like to support the Speaker Series and other CCHM programming during this time, please consider a tax-deductible donation equal to the regular cost of admission to this event ($5 adults; $4 seniors & youth).

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Buffalo Soldiers in Clark County


February CCHM Speaker Series presenter Frazier Raymond, right, stands with the late Bill Morehouse, founding member of the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Clark County Historical Museum will launch its 2020 Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 6, with Frazier Raymond’s presentation of “Buffalo Soldiers in Clark County.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Raymond is president of the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter, 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Association. Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry in 1968 and retired in 1990, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in many locations, including Vietnam, Fort Lewis, WA, Europe, and South America.

“When I was in the Army, before I retired, I did not know much about the Buffalo Soldiers,” Raymond said. “It was only after I retired and joined the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Chapter that I found out how similar our experiences were. I look forward to telling this story.”

For the Speaker Series event, Raymond will discuss his own military service and involvement with the Buffalo Soldiers, and reflect on his personal connections to sites related to Buffalo Soldiers in the Pacific Northwest and how those experiences have shaped his perspectives on military service.

To learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter, 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Association, visit buffalosoldierspdx.com/Pacific_NW_Chapter.html.

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free for CCHM members, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

2020 Program

The Clark County Historical Museum Speaker Series runs from February to November of each year. These engaging talks feature a variety of topics ranging from popular local stories to broad organizational histories and much more. The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.

General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free with a CCHM membership. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the event will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating. All CCHM Speaker Series events are held at the museum unless otherwise indicated.