Past Events

Old City Cemetery Walk

cemetery_walk_web-square_300This tour has sold out. Join us October 20, 2016 at 6pm for a special ONE night only tour of Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery! In a partnership with Urban Forestry, CCHM tour guide Brad Richardson will present the history of the cemetery and  the history of those who have been laid to rest.

Tours start at the NW Corner of the Old City Cemetery (2700 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661). The tour goes rain or shine, we recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Don’t miss this chance to discover the history of one of the oldest cemeteries in Vancouver. Space is limited, reservations and advanced payment are required. Tickets can be purchased via our Paypal button below or contact us at (360) 993-5679 to reserve your spot!

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Haunted Walking Tours 2016

And now for something REALLY SCARY…

Tours are done for the 2016 season. Come back next year for more opportunities.

haunted-walking-tour_square_300It’s Haunted Walking Tour Season! Experience a spooky slant on history on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour on a dark (but hopefully not stormy) night. Reserve your spot now, as these popular tours fill up quickly!

New this year tours start at the Slocum House at 7 pm and 9 pm every Friday and Saturday in October (except Halloween).

Reservations and prepayment are REQUIRED for the haunted walking tours. Space is limited to 25 people per tour, so you MUST call us at (360) 993-5679 or use Paypal(below) to reserve your spot and prepay the $10 admission fee ($8 for current CCHS members).

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First Thursday Panel – Voices of Progress

September First Thursday_Web SquareJoin CCHM on September 1, 2016 at 7:00pm for a panel discussion featuring several women involved in Founding Mother’s: Portraits of Progress. They will gather to discuss their experience with the project, the work they’ve done in the community, and what women have inspired their lives. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Lecture Series.

Be sure to come by early to explore the exhibit Founding Mother’s: Portraits of Progress. It contains 47 portraits of remarkable women from Clark County, 6 of which are making their debut at CCHM.

 

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 discussion will start at 7:00pm. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!

Sponsored by: Clark County Historic Preservation Commission

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Researching Your Building, Home, or Property

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 on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10:00am at the Ridgefield Community Center (210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642) 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, reservations required. Contact us at (360) 993-5679 or email today to hold your spot!


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Tourpocalypse & GiveMore24!

The TOURPOCALYPSE! was a success!

We raised $3435 beating our goals and ensuring we walked all twelve tours.

Thank you to everyone who gave for making GiveMore24! such a success both for us and for the numerous nonprofits taking part.

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To give go to GiveMore24!

What is Tourpocalypse?

Tourpocalypse is all 12 of CCHM’s Vancouver Neighborhood tours wrapped up into one day long event. Starting at 9am on September 22nd, our Curator Brad Richardson will be taking this challenge on as the lone guide. We invite the public to join him on the walks(we’ll post on our social media where people can join him), or you can watch the livestream of the event on Facebook from the comfort of home.

Why Tourpocalypse?

Why would we put Brad through this marathon of walking and talking? Well its not because he lost a bet or anything… We are offering this unique event to draw attention to our participation in GiveMore24!

What’s GiveMore24!?

So glad you asked, Give More 24! is southwest Washington’s largest day of giving. The one day when our entire region comes together–online and offline–and gives for 24 hours straight. More than 100 nonprofits serving southwest Washington will participate and encourage everyone who cares about the region to give what they can, wherever they are, at the same time.

Last year, thousands of local residents instantly and easily connected to causes in southwest Washington and brought new faces to philanthropy. By combining their generosity, they proved that absolutely everything–every person, every dollar and every second–counts when it comes to giving back and building a vibrant community.

So what’s in this for CCHM?

Your support! We do have a catch that the Tourpocalypse can only continue if we hit our giving goals for GiveMore24! If you enjoy what we offer then show your support and give on the GM24 page to keep Brad going on his trek across Vancouver.

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Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Grist Mill_Web Square_Daily Insider-OursCCHM’s First Thursday program on August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm will feature an offsite talk at the famed Cedar Creek Grist Mill at 43907 NE Grist Mill Road, Woodland, WA 98674. The topic for the evening will be the mill, its history, and its restoration. The mill, built in 1876, served not only as a mill but as a social center, blacksmith shop, private residence, and fish ladder. Entrance for the talk is free. Space and parking are limited. Arrive early to ensure a seat for this offsite talk. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit our website today for directions or more information.

 

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Historical Women of Vancouver Walking Tour

Historical Women Walk Web Square copyJoin us for a walk highlighting the central role founding mothers and current women leaders have played in Clark County’s history; past, present, and future. The streets of Vancouver ring with the powerful reverberations of these women’s effort and influence; from the original founding mother, Esther Short, to the subsequent groundbreaking endeavors of Clark County women in politics, business, and community.

The walk will start at Esther Short Park and end at the Clark County Historical Museum. It will take roughly an hour and goes rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Upcoming available dates for this tour are:

  • August 26th at Noon
  • September 2nd at 6pm
  • September 17th at Noon

Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Contact us today at (360) 993-5679 or by email to arrange a tour for group of 10 to 25!


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History Town Hall: Ridgefield

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Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the City of Ridgefield at 6:00pm on July 25, 2016 at the A Pickled Heron Gallery and Ballroom (418 Pioneer St. Ridgefield, WA 98642) for the first in a series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage.

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments they feel embody the spirit of Ridgefield history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Ridgefield will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

Over the next few years, CCHM will install a permanent exhibition telling the overall story of Clark County’s history. These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in this story. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibition.

Doors will open at 5:30pm and the discussion will start at 6:00pm. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!

 

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Arnada Garden Tour

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Clark County Historical Museum tour guide Brad Richardson will be joined by former OSU & WSU Master Gardener Barbara Clark to present a Tree and Front Garden Themed Walking Tour of the Arnada Neighborhood on Friday, August 5, 2016 beginning 6pm at Arnada Park (610 E 25th St, Vancouver, WA 98663). Brad and Barbara highlight the history of the homes in this historic neighborhood as well as heritage trees and the home’s contemporary gardens. The tour will end at Cellar55 (1812 Washington St. Vancouver, WA 98660).

Reservations for this special tour are required. Call 360/993-5679 to reserve seats. Cost is $7 for museum members and $9 for non-members.

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Research Workshop at Battleground Library

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 at the Battle Ground Library ( 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA 98604) on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00am for a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property. Space is limited, reservations required. Contact us at (360) 993-5679 or email today to hold your spot!

 

Food in Clark County Today

Food Panel_Web SquareIn recent years, dialogues over how our food is grown, where it comes from, and how it’s distributed have taken center stage in our local and national community conversations. Join CCHM on June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm for a panel discussion about our current food system in Clark County. Representatives from Clark County’s food organizations, including the Clark County Food Bank, Clark/Cowlitz Farm Bureau, Clark County Public Health, FISH of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Farmers’ Market will gather to discuss our food, where it comes from, and what food issues county residents face today. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Lecture Series.

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. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!

CCHM Walking Tours

walking1Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. What’s the history of the Academy? Who was Kiggins and why did he come to Vancouver? What’s the connection between St. James Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company? Join us on a CCHM walking tour to learn the answers to these questions and more.

Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Our tours feature the following areas:

Below is our 2016 tour schedule:

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Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Full season passes are $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679 or by email at info@cchmuseum.org.

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CCHM Pop-Up Museum: Ridgefield History

On July 2, 2016 the Clark County Historical Museum will host a temporary pop-up museum at Overlook Park during Ridgefield’s First Saturday. Visitors are invited to bring their own historical objects to display. With help from CCHM staff, they will write labels telling the history of their object. With others they will build a unique and one-time only exhibition celebrating the history of Ridgefield. Visitors will tell their own story with their own objects and words. The exhibit will change throughout the day as people and their objects come and go.

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Human Rights in History

Human Rights in History_Web Square_edited-1CCHM’s First Thursday event on May 5, 2016 at 7:00pm features Nancy Koppelman, professor of American studies and humanities at The Evergreen State College, presenting “Human Rights in History.” What assumptions do we each hold about human rights? How are these assumptions influenced by history, ethics, politics, and citizenship? What are the challenges to human rights movements and how can the goals of those movements be achieved around the globe? This presentation offers a comprehensive historical context for understanding how the idea of human rights became not only a commitment widely shared by individuals, but also an organizing ethic within and among global nations.

This program is in conjunction with the One November Morning exhibition and will take place at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main Street, Vancouver.

Admission is free thanks to support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5:00pm. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

2016 Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction

Illinois DougJoin us for a fun evening of wine, music, and camaraderie! Our evening’s entertainment will be Troubadour “Illinois” Doug Tracy presenting Liberty & Union: Presidential Campaign Songs of 1860 & 1864. Enjoy a delicious dinner, and bid on outstanding goods and services in our silent auction–all to benefit museum programs.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 5-9 pm
Where: Vancouver’s Club Green Meadows at 7703 NE 72nd Avenue
Tickets: $65 for CCHS members, $75 for non-members, $520 for table of 8

Reserve and purchase tickets by May 9, 2016 in person at the museum, by phone at 360.993.5679, or online below.


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