Past Events

WSU Vancouver Labor History Course

In conjunction with our exhibit, Labor: A Working History, on display through 2014, Washington State University Vancouver professor Laurie Mercier is offering CES/HIST 426: Workers Across North America at WSUV in the Spring 2014 quarter. Registration is required. This class can be audited for those who do not need college credits. Contact Professor Mercier for details at The last day to register for the class is Friday, January 17th.


Researching Historical Buildings & Homes Workshop

Note: This is a past event.

Have you ever wondered who lived in your home before you? Curious about when a structure was built and how it was used over the years? Then join historian Brad Richardson in the Clark County Historical Museun’s basement research library for a workshop on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 to learn how to uncover the history of your building or home. This is NOT a drop-in class, so please RSVP and arrive by the class start time (or earlier if you haven’t prepaid). The two class times to choose between are 9:30 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3:30 pm.

Cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for current CCHS members. Prepayment to reserve your space is required for this class. Call 360/993-5679 to RSVP.


2013 Holiday Open House & Artisans’ Market

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On Saturday, December 7th, 2013, we invite you to our Holiday Open House & Artisans’ Market, a FREE DAY at the museum! Doors open at 10 am and the market ends at 4 pm.
Once again we will hold our annual handmade art and craft market for the gift-finding good of all! Come see what beautiful things our artists have made this year. No admission is charged, and we’ll have live music from Levi Warren (10-1) and Aram Arslanian (1-4) and crafts for the kids.

Participating artists this year are:
Pat La Croix, jewelry
Patricia Thompson, quilting
Kristine Gottsch, painting
Michael Heim, small polymer clay sculpture
Murali Balan, digital art, quilling
Melinda Calen, textiles
Bruce Crockett, woodworking
Chantielle Johnston, textiles
Lynne Lincoln, jewelry
Pepper Kim, bookmarks
Judy Whetzel, jewelry
Cirith Anderson-Sebree, jewelry

At 5 pm, as part of Christmas in the Village, Dave’s Killer Magic will present a magic show for the kids! Then, stick around after the show to see Santa!


Museum Underground

Our next Museum Underground will be Friday, March 7th at 7:30 pm. Come hear The Swingtown Vipers and have a drink with us!

This night’s theme will be “Farewell to Hats” as we bring our “Hats!” exhibit to a close. Celebrate by wearing your coolest, most outrageous, or fanciest hat to the show.

This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for CCHS members and can be purchased below via PayPal.
RSVP by emailing or calling 360/993-5679. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Ticket Options
Full names of guests *required


Annual Membership Meeting & Annual Publication Authors’ Party

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Join us on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 for our 96th Annual Membership Meeting & Authors’ Party at the museum.

5 pm: Annual Publication Authors’ Party- come meet the authors of our new Clark County History Annual book and–members!–pick up your complimentary copy of the new book, shown at right!

6 pm: Annual Membership Meeting- all current, renewing and prospective members welcome. Come hear about the year 2013 in review with Executive Director Susan Tissot and hear what we have planned for 2014, our 50th Anniversary year!

Members, bring your wallets, as most of our Museum Store items will be 20% off this night!


Songs of Labor History Concert

Note: This is a past event.

In conjunction with our exhibit, Labor: A Working History, the museum will host a concert of songs from the history of organised labor with Portland folk singer Joe Hickerson and accomplished duo Rebel Voices from 3-5 pm on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at the museum. Event is included in regular museum admission.


2014 Women’s History Month Luncheon

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Our guest this year for the Monday, March 17th, 2014 Women’s History Month Luncheon will be Barbara Creager, designer at Babette’s Hatworks, LLC. She will be at the museum to discuss all things hats: how to purchase a hat that compliments you, how to purchase the correct size, how to wear it properly, how to use hat pins, how to store your hat, and so on. We encourage all attendees to wear their own hats to the luncheon! Barbara will also bring some of her hats for sale.

Doors open at 11 am.

The Grant House Restaurant will provide a buffet-style lunch, including half-sandwiches, green salad, pasta salad, seasonal fruit, miniature cheesecakes, berry tartlets, chocolate torte bites, coffee, and iced tea.



Souper Wednesday 2013

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Are you a current volunteer with the museum?

If so, we would like to invite you to Souper Wednesday, our annual volunteer appreciation dinner, on October 23rd from 5-7 pm at the museum.

Email us to RSVP for a “souper” supper of savory soups and Susan’s piquant pies!


Traditional “Z-twine” Basket-weaving Class w/ Pat Courtney Gold

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Instructor: Pat Courtney Gold
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm.
Prerequisite: some twining experience.
Cost: $95 for CCHS Members; $105 for non-members; fiber supplies included
Limited to 8 students; pre-registration is mandatory and non-refundable

This class is full.

Columbia River Native People used the “Z-twine” to weave baskets. Historically these were used for storage for food and personal items, and for trade. Internationally known Wasco fiber artist Pat Courtney Gold gives a limited number of classes per year, usually through museums. This class is a natural fiber weaving class which is taught on a limited basis in order to preserve the plant materials used in the weaving process.

In this class participants will learn the “Z-twine,” the traditional Wasco start at the base, and have options to finish the rim. Participants will learn to splice the plant fibers (warps), and also learn the cross warp technique. This class will use traditional plant fibers: tule, cattail leaves, sedge grass, and possibly others. Materials will be supplied by the instructor. You may bring your own materials to experiment with, and you are invited to bring a basket for show and tell.
The class is 8 hours and you will finish a basket approximately 4 inches diameter and 5 to 6 inches tall.

Tools participants need to bring: awl or nail; scissors, small plant pruners, measure tape, spray bottle, towel, apron (optional), pocket knife, note paper, pencils, baskets to share (optional), band-aides.

Participants also need to bring a brown bag lunch.


Harvest Fun Day 2013

Click here to watch a short video from Harvest Fun Day 2012.

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Compete in our fantastically fun and popular pie-eating and corn-shucking contests, make your own life-size scarecrow, pick corn and carrots for the Clark County Food Bank, and experience life on the farm. It’s all free, and it’s all happening on Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 3 pm at the verdant 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, Washington. Click here for directions to the venue from downtown Vancouver.

Call 360/993-5679 to sign up to compete in our pie-eating contests and corn-shucking contests! There are three heats for each contest:
Beginning at 11:30 am: Pie-eating contest, ages 4-8, followed by the heats for ages 9-15 and then for ages 16+
Beginning at 1:30 pm: Corn-shucking contest, ages 4-8, followed by the heats for ages 9-15 and then for ages 16+

Registration for the contests will close on Friday, September 27th at 4 pm.


Thank you to all participants, sponsors and attendees for making this event a success!


Event hosts:
• Clark County Historical Museum
• Clark County, Washington
• WSU Extension
Cash sponsors:
• Clark Cowlitz Farm Bureau
• Dulin’s Café
In-kind sponsors:
• Andersen Dairy
• Bi-Zi Farms
• Joe’s Place Farm
• Kazoodles
• Salvation Army
• Sunrise Bagels
• The Columbian
• The Daily Insider
• The Vancouver Business Journal
• Vancouver Lions Club
• Waste Connections
• Water & Air Works
• Zumstein Family
Participating organizations:
• Clark County Environmental Services/Planet Clark
• Clark County Food Bank
• Clark County Historical Museum
• Clark Cowlitz Farm Bureau
• Legacy HS/Pepper Kim
• Waste Connections
• WSU Extension Master Food Preservers
• WSU Extension Master Gardeners
• WSU Extension 4-H


pie-eating champions Edrianne Layog (9-15), Johny Decoteau(16+), and Quentin Decoteau (4-8)
4-8 category corn-shucking champion Isaiah Patterson
16+ category pie-eating champion Fonzi Gomez
9-15 category corn-shucking champion Nathan Gaspar
Volunteer Steve Bader leads the wagon tours


Salmon Coulibiac Cooking Class Fundraiser — CCHS member special!

The museum has some awesome new neighbors! Burnt Bridge Cellars and Class Cooking, both around the corner on Broadway and 15th, offer tastings and wine by the glass as well as seasonal cooking classes. Co-owners Mark and Kim Mahan and David and Julie Smith are teaming up with us to offer a cooking class fundraiser for the museum on September 8th, 2013 from 4-8 pm. The class will feature Burnt Bridge wine tasting, wines by the glass for a discounted $5 each, and a full-course class and meal courtesy of Class Cooking. Students will learn how to prepare Salmon Coulibiac and accompanying side dishes. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.


- Heirloom Tomatoes and Peach salad with Balsamic dressing

- Salmon Coulibiac- chopped spinach and salmon wrapped in puff pastry and served with Hollandaise sauce

- Roasted Fennel with Parmesan- fennel bulbs roasted until soft topped with a crisp parmesan crust

- Molten Lava Cakes- warm individual dark chocolate cakes with a soft chocolate center

This class is open to members only and is limited to 12 people. If you’re not a current member, don’t panic! Click over to our Membership page and become one! Tickets, which are required, are $75, $50 of which goes directly to support the museum. Call (360) 993-5679 to reserve your seats today!

More about our partners


Burnt Bridge Cellars

Burnt Bridge Cellars is a small artisan winery located in downtown Vancouver. Owners David Smith and Mark Mahan brought their dream of operating a winery to fruition in the fall 2010 with their first harvest of fruit from eastern Washington state. The winery opened a tasting room at the current location in spring of 2012. Burnt Bridge Cellars celebrated it’s first Gold Medal from the Seattle Wine Awards for their 2010 Viognier.

Class Cooking

Chef Kim Mahan has been teaching classes at Class Cooking since 2005, moving to her current location in downtown Vancouver last November adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars. Kim specializes in small group hands-on gourmet cooking classes, teaching many different cuisines, from Thai to Turkish. In addition to cooking classes, she provides in-house catering for winery events.


Workshop for Heritage Barn Owners

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If you own an old barn in Clark County or the surrounding area, are you aware of the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative? A program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, this initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of historic barns over fifty years old that retain a significant degree of historic integrity can nominate their barn to be designated as a Heritage Barn and be included in the statewide register. Moreover, owners of designated Heritage Barns are eligible to apply for matching grants to assist with barn stabilization and rehabilitation projects.

The Clark County Historical Society is hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, September 17th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum for barn owners wishing to learn more about the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative. Chris Moore, Field Director with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the process for completing program documents. The next deadline for nominating a barn to the Heritage Barn Register is October 1, 2013, with the deadline to submit applications requesting barn rehabilitation grant funds set for October 28, 2013. Come join us to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and to obtain assistance in participating in this valuable program.
For more information about the workshop or the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative contact Chris Moore at 206-624-9449 or via email at Complete information about the Heritage Barn Program, including nomination and application forms, can be found at


2013 Annual Dinner & Auction

Photo credit Barb Ayers
Photo credit Barb Ayers

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This year we will host our annual fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 from 5 to 9 pm at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver. Guests will enjoy an evening with celebrated historian Richard Etulain taking a lively and definitive look at Abraham Lincoln and the Oregon Country accompanied by a catered dinner, silent auction, and sales of Etulain’s latest book, “Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era”, which was released in February. Arrive at 5 pm for cocktails and to mingle with the author!

Tickets are $65 for current CCHS members, $75 for non-members, and $520 for a table of 8 and must be reserved prior to the event. To reserve yours, call (360) 993-5679.

For directions to Club Green Meadows, use the map at right or click here for a larger version.

“Once again, historian Richard Etulain has provided a scholarly, lively, and definitive look at Lincoln and the Pacific Northwest. Lincoln himself thought the ‘Far Corner’ of Oregon simply too far to become his own home, but his close ties to many friends who did migrate there remained important in both elections and war. Etulain re-creates the pioneer spirit and political fractiousness of Oregon with a keen eye for both the sweep of history and the small anecdotes that make the best history books irresistible.”
—Harold Holzer, Chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

If you’re interested in getting a copy of Richard’s book before May 11th, you can stop by the museum store or use the mail-order form provided here.

About the Author

Richard W. Etulain is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature, Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West, and Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific. A Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico, he lives in Clackamas, Oregon.



Run dates: March 7, 2013 – March 22, 2014

The Hats! exhibit explores the form and function of headwear in Clark County and beyond. Highlights from the museum’s collection include a bonnet that traveled along the Oregon Trail in 1852; a hat worn and donated by First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, to a local women’s group; a dress uniform hat belonging to General T.M. Anderson of the Vancouver Barracks; and a silk top hat worn by Amos F. Shaw to the first Washington State Legislature in 1889 (modeled here by Vancouver Business Journal publisher, John McDonagh).


Museum Underground + Curiosity Opening

Note: This is a past event.

Over the past 96 years, the historical society has collected many artifacts, some of them quite bizarre. To see the curious, mysterious, and inexplicable things living in our collection, come to Museum Underground + Curiosity this October 4th at 7:30 pm. Come hear a local band and have a drink while getting a sneak peek at this new exhibit!

Our musical guests will be nationally-renowned fiddle and guitar duo Jonathan Trawick & Aarun Carter. They recently moved to Vancouver from Arkansas.

This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for CCHS members. RSVP by emailing or calling 360/993-5679. Tickets will also be available at the door.