Past Events

April is Members Month!

DSC_1388rJoin us for a month of exclusive programs and discounts. We love our Members! During the month of April we will be celebrating Clark County Historical Society Members with special discounts and Members Only programs. It’s a great time to belong!

Join now to enjoy these great Members Only programs:

April 10th at 6 pm – Movie Night featuring The Monuments Men

April 12th 2-4 pm – Open House at the Covington House

April 18th at 4 pm – Talk with Sam Robinson, acting chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation

April 26th at 1 pm – Preview new walking tour of Historic Downtown Ridgefield

Along with Members Only programs, CCHS Members will also receive a 20% discount in the Museum Store. And you can bring a friend to CCHM for free all month long. Membership is important to the Museum and you can help us grow our membership base by inviting friends who love history to visit the Museum and join us.

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

Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics

Women in Clark County PoliticsOn March 5, 2015 at 7:00pm, CCHM will host our next “First Thursday” event featuring a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County. They will discuss the changes they have seen in our region during their careers and the legacy they leave for future generations. Make CCHM a part of your night! Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5:00pm. Reservations are not necessary.

Our speakers will include Sandra Day (Ridgefield, WA City Councilmember), Nan Henriksen (former Mayor of Camas, WA), Pat Jollota (former Vancouver City Councilmember), Connie Kearney (Clark County’s first woman commissioner), and Dr. Martha Martin (East County Fire & Rescue Board Commissioner). The panel will be moderated by Judie Stanton (former Clark County Commissioner). All of these women lead extraordinary lives, and are incredibly involved in shaping our community. Please join them for an inspiring and insightful discussion.

For more event information or questions, contact CCHM through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

Food for Thought Workshop: Urban Homesteading

Ubran Homesteading_Final_SmallOn March 21, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Rachel Feston from Urban Snail Farm CSA will guide you through the basic concepts behind urban homesteading. The two-hour session will cover topics ranging from starting a garden to composting. You will gain insight into food preservation and keeping animals in an urban environment. This class is in conjunction with our newest exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. So, join us for our first food-related workshop of the year. Tickets are $5 ($3 for members). RSVP is required and space is limited.

Please contact us at (360) 993-5679 or by email today for more information and to hold your spot!

A Thousand Voices

g6puoriiujy9gvkmm6nmOn March 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., in celebration of Women’s History Month, we are providing a free viewing of a new documentary by Silver Bullet Productions called “A Thousand Voices.”  This is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.

Many thanks to all of who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign to bring the new documentary “A Thousand Voices” to Vancouver!

9th Annual CCHM Women’s History Month Program


My Life as a Cleveland Indian

Jacqueline Keeler – Dakota Navajo Journalist

Bring a spouse, a friend, a date to CCHM’s 9th Annual Women’s History Month Program!  All are welcome to hear Jacqueline Keeler present on her life as a journalist, an activist, a mother and a Native American woman. Portland-based Keeler is one of the founding members of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry.  She will share her inspiring story of a tradition of women activists and what it means to be an Indian woman today.

When:  March 28, 2015 – 2-4 pm

Where:  Historic Hangar at the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver        

Cost:  Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for CCHS members

Light refreshments will be served.  Don’t forget to peruse the Bling Table for bracelets to purchase for yourself and as gifts!  All proceeds benefit the Clark County Historical Museum.  Limited seating – call or click to purchase your tickets today. Some tickets may be available at the door.

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All Aboard! Opening of SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway

On Saturday, January 31, cchm053012015, from 10:00am to 11:00am we are unveiling our newest exhibit, The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway. This permanent interpretive display will be housed at Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station), and was generously supported by grants from the Transportation Enhancement Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

There will be a ribbon cutting at 10:00am by CCHM Executive Director Katie Anderson, Vancouver City Council Member Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a BNSF representative, retired SP&S engineer Harry Hendricks, exhibit designer Ed Austin, and Duane Cramer from the SP&S Historical Society. After the ceremony, there will be an opportunity for you to share your train related photos and memories. We encourage you to bring photographs and memories relating to the SP&S or other Clark County railroad history.

Families, travelers, train enthusiasts, and more will marvel at how our ccchm14279ounty 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.

Also, be sure to join us at the museum to see how the railroad, and their unions, played a pivotal role in employing our county’s citizens through our “Labor: A Working History” exhibit.

To get on track with all of our exhibits, please contact us through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. CCHM – Local history at your fingertips!

Big Ideas, Boosterism, and Business: A History of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

On5a9e2bb0-3bf6-4047-af23-10068e1b0086 April 2, 2015 at 7:00pm, the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will present “Big Ideas, Boosterism, and Business: A History of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.” This talk, in conjunction with our First Thursday Lecture series, will explore the 125-year history of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. From the building of the Interstate Bridge to the fight over a continued military presence at Vancouver Barracks this history provides a lens for the community to examine the growth of Vancouver and the region. Our resident historian Bradley Richardson will give this lecture. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm.

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

Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington’s Fruit

Julia HarrisonOn May 7, 2015 at 7:00pm, CCHM has something tasty in store for our upcoming “First Thursday” presentation called, “Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington’s Fruit.” This fascinating talk by anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our changing relationship to the natural world. Full of suspense, tragedy, triumph, heroism and even some romance, her visit will reveal some of our state’s juiciest stories. Make CCHM a part of your night! Admission is free thanks to support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

Be sure to come by early to explore our associated exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History, which features artifacts, documents and images from our collection that illustrates the shifting landscape of food in our region.

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For more event information and questions, contact the museum through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

2015 Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Doug Smith will be our guest at Club Green Meadows for our Saturday, May 9th Dinner & Auction. The event will begin at 5 pm and run until 9 pm. Enjoy a catered dinner and silent auction featuring excellent locally-made goods and services.

First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community

On February 5, 2015 at 724c3aada-540a-4dc3-ae7f-e50fe6e343a0:00pm, the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will host our inaugural “First Thursday” event of the year featuring reading and performance by local students. They will present “Deep Roots, Strong Branches” – a script made from original interviews with descendants of African American families who migrated to Vancouver during World War II and chose to stay. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

This event was developed from a community project called “First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: From World War Two to the Twenty-First Century.” A book by that title, researched and written by Jane Elder Wulff in collaboration with NAACP Vancouver Branch #1139, CCHM, Clark College, Clark County YWCA, and other local and regional partners, was published by this cultural program in March 2012. Copies of the book will be on hand for sale at this event.

The First Families project has spurred further work highlighting the history and contributions of Vancouver’s small but enduring African American community, such as the annual Back In The Day Reunion and the Vanport Media Project. According to Wulff, the book was just the first step in what project planners see as an ongoing effort, with many more stories waiting to be told.

Join CCHM for this fascinating glimpse into our collective past. For more information and questions, please contact us through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

First Thursday with Martin Middlewood

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
Martin Middlewood presents “The Ku Klux Klan in Southwest Washington”

IMG_0859_2_edited-1November 6th at 7:00pm Martin Middlewood discusses “The Ku Klux Klan in Southwest Washington.” He will be exploring the stories and secrets behind the Klan in Clark County during the 1920s. Much of this history is lost or hidden in old newspapers and must be teased out bit by bit. You will learn a secret side of the region’s past you probably didn’t know about.

As freelancer for more than 20 years, Martin Middlewood writes about technology, energy, the environment, and healthcare for newspapers, trade and technology magazines. He’s a board member of the Institute for Science Engineering and Public Policy and a past workshop leader for Write Around Portland. He has a Master’s Degree from Eastern Washington University in Professional and Technical Writing and has done graduate work in American History. He lives in Vancouver.

Be sure to come down and listen to the last First Thursday lecture of the year!

Researching Historical Buildings, Homes, and Property Workshop

Have you ever wondered who used to live and work in your home or on your property? Well, wonder no more…

Join our resident historian Brad Richardson Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm for a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property. Tickets are $15 ($10 for CCHS members). Space is limited, so contact us today to hold your spot.Contact us at (360) 993-5679 or by email today to hold your spot!



2014 Holiday Open House & Artisans’ Market

On Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 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. Come see what beautiful things our artists have made this year.

At 5:30pm, 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!





CCHM Explore Corps Discovery Day

Kids ages 8 to 12 will be guided through four fun-tastic stations ranging from a museum-wide scavenger hunt to a tree-mendous craft station. The three-hour day camp will be a fun filled and educational day for all.

Tickets for the day of discovery are $15 per child ($10 for CCHS members). Pre-pay today to reserve your spot as space is limited to 10 kids for each day. Call 360-993-5679 or email .



Past First Thursday Lectures 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:00 pm Dr. Steven M. Fountain

October 2nd at 7:00pm Dr. Steven M. Fountain presents “Fishing with Pitchforks: An Environmental History of Salmon Creek.” Learn about the ways that Salmon Creek and its surrounding watershed make it an ideal place to explore several of our region’s biggest issues.
Extending from rural forest lands through urbanized areas to Lake River, and ultimately, the lower Columbia, Salmon Creek is central to both the history of and environmental changes in Clark County. Salmon recovery, clean water, land use, invasive species, and the fine art of fishing with pitchforks are all part of the complex story of this place. Taking a long view of changes from the nineteenth century through current efforts to restore riparian habitat, Fountain explores both cautionary tales and success stories of the interactions of land, water, and community.

Dr. Fountain teaches courses in early American, Native American, and environmental history at Washington State University-Vancouver where he is currently a University Diversity Council Faculty Fellow. His research ranges across several related topics, including the historical impacts of animals, the interaction of competing European empires and Native Americans, and the dynamics of the fur trade in the Far West. He has two forthcoming books; one is on the environmental and cultural impact of horses in Native American culture and the other is a history of wild horse management. His current project examines the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade and indigenous resource use. A Board Member of the Salmon Creek Watershed Council, he lives and works in the Salmon Creek watershed.

IMG_2583 Candice2September 4, 2014 at 7:00pm Candice Goucher will discuss how the food on our plates has changed over the centuries. Discovering the past of ordinary people can be as simple as eating one meal at a time.  Every bite we take offers a taste of local and world history.

Candice’s lecture will be paired with the opening of our newest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History.