Past Events

First Families Forward: Bridging past and future

First-Families-Forward_WebsliderIn our inaugural “First Thursday” of 2016, CCHM will once again host the First Families project to honor Black History Month. Launched in February 2008, this local history project gathered the memories of African Americans who came to Vancouver seeking wartime jobs in the 1940s, settled here with their families, and made this place their home. Why? The answer was simple: “Because we liked it here!”

In 2012, a sampling of family stories were woven into a book entitled First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: From World War Two to the Twenty-First Century. This was accomplished with support from Vancouver’s NAACP Branch #1139 (chartered by these settlers in 1945) and funding from Humanities Washington, Black United Fund of Oregon, Clark County, and many other donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors.

But this was just the beginning. Many more memories have yet to be shared. The project’s next phase, First Families Forward, is finding ways to build on this foundation by continuing to highlight the story of African Americans in Vancouver – an aspect of our local and regional experience that is no less vital and essential for being often overlooked.

At CCHM on February 4, 2016, First Families Forward invites the community into the discussion. A panel introduced by keynote speaker Rev. Marva J. Edwards, president of Vancouver NAACP #1139, and moderated by Nathan Webster, founding director of Dream Big Community Center, offers plans and ideas about how we came this far and where we might go from here.

Admission to the Museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with CCHM membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm for socializing and viewing Museum exhibits. The program will begin promptly at 7:00.

Join CCHM for this fascinating glimpse at our collective past and future. Copies of the First Families book may be purchased at the museum for $20.00. For more information and questions, please contact us through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

“The accomplishments of Vancouver’s first African American families, who built a strong and lasting community here during and after the shipyard expansion of World War II, nourished the spirit of their chosen hometown in ways that are still evident today. The core of their legacy lies in what they have to teach us all about how families can empower and sustain a whole community.”

– from First Families mission statement, 2008

Ask a Military Historian Day

Ask a Military Historian Web Square-1_edited-2Do you have questions about your great grandfather’s old military uniform, hanging in your closet?  Do you want to look up his unit?  Do you want to know more about the history of the Vancouver Barracks?  We may be able to help. On February 20, 2016, the Clark County Historical Society and the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will work together to answer some of these questions in our first, Ask a Military Historian Day.

This event will begin with at 11:00am with a 30 minute discussion on how to find military records for your relatives, as well as uniform and military unit histories.  Then our military history volunteers will try to work one on one to address your questions.  While we will probably not be able to answer all your questions, we hope to start you on the path to finding out more yourself.
 
Admission to the Museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors,$2 for children under 18, and free with CCHM membership.

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

Want to know more about the VBMA? Click the link below.
http://www.vbma.us/

Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark

CCHM’sFirst-Families-Forward_Web-Square First Thursday event on March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm features Pat Courtney Gold presenting “Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark.” Most the books written about Lewis and Clark were from a white man’s perspective. Learn about the Native People’s view of Lewis and Clark. How did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark? What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred salmon in preference for dog meat?

Pat consulted with Elders along the Columbia River to include their memories and stories of encounters with the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Pat Courtney Gold is a Native American fiber artist and basket weaver. She is a Wasco Native of the ancestral “Long Narrows Wasco” the upriver branch of the Chinook Nation. Her ancestors lived along the Columbia River for more than 12,000 years. She was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Oregon.

Pat obtained a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Whitman College and worked in the field until 1991 when she decided instead to focus on art, especially reviving the weaving of her Wasco ancestors. Today Pat Courtney Gold is recognized internationally as an exquisite weaver who does both traditional weaving, that incorporates designs that express the cultural life of her people, as well as creating contemporary pieces. Besides doing artwork, she teaches, consults, and lectures about the Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums. Her art is shown in museums and collections around the world.

Pat will bring artifacts to highlight her presentation.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.
Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

Sustainable Futures: Food Security in Community Development

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CCHM’s First Thursday event on April 7, 2016 at 6:00pm features Dr. Candice Goucher, Washington State University, and Wolde Kristos, community activist and businessman from Bluefields, Jamaica. Dr. Goucher will introduce the audience to the historical and global connections between Bluefields, Jamaica, and Clark County. Wolde Kristos will discuss the Caribbean community of Bluefields, on the south coast of the island of Jamaica, which is an example of grassroots engagement, deepened by a rich historical perspective and global partnerships around the principles of sustainability.

Situated in a small fishing village, the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society seeks to educate members in sustainable fishing practices and develop employment alternatives that will enhance the quality of life and preserve the natural environment. The group has successfully created a marine sanctuary in Bluefields Bay and coordinated projects that foster sustainable communities, food distribution, and community education. Increasingly they have drawn in government partners, education systems, and local organic farmers and fishers, artists and business owners. It is envisioned that the civic lessons of local engagement around principles of sustainability can enhance the Vancouver community’s similar struggles with local food, social, and environmental justice frontiers by placing them within their historical and global contexts.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.   Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email cchm@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

CCHM at Ridgefield’s Hometown Celebration

Pool_HallJoin us at the CCHM Ridgefield History Booth during Ridgefield’s Hometown Celebration! This booth will highlight the rich history of Ridgefield through sight and sound. Visitors can also have an opportunity to join a historical walking tour of downtown. Tours start at the CCHM booth at noon and 2:00pm. Bask in the warmth, wonder, joy and spirit you’ll find in downtown Ridgefield. There are activities going on all day long. Come on down and see what Ridgefield has to offer!

Click the link below for more details about the celebration!

http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/community/page/hometown-celebration-1

 

Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America

Angela Swedberg_01_original618JZ0dmPgL._UX250_CCHM’s First Thursday event on November 5th at 7:00pm features guest curators Steve Grafe, PhD and Angela Swedberg. They will discuss our newest exhibition Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America. Grafe is Curator of Art at Maryhill Museum of Art and specializes in Columbia River Plateau Native beadwork. Swedberg is a tribally certified Indian Artisan in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.

Before the lecture join us for the opening reception of Making Beauty at 5:00pm. Experience 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 and artistry. 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.

Explore the Covington House

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The Covington House on its original site prior to its renovation and relocation to Main Street in Vancouver.

Did you know that the log cabin known as Covington House is Clark County’s oldest building built by a private citizen?  Anne and Richard Covington came to Fort Vancouver to teach children of the Hudson’s Bay employees. Built in the late 1840’s this log cabin was once the social and educational hub of the growing community in Vancouver. The Covington’s brought the first piano from England to the Pacific Northwest in order to teach children music. The Covington piano is now in the Clark County Historical Museum’s permanent collection.  In cchm059231926, the cabin was moved from its original location in Orchards to its current location on Main Street.  This move was accomplished through a joint effort of the Clark County Historical Society (then called the Fort Vancouver Historical Society) and the Vancouver Women’s Club.  The cabin was meticulously disassembled, numbered and reassembled.  After it was reconstructed, the Vancouver Women’s Club managed the cabin which is owned by the City of Vancouver.

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The interior of the Covington House. Left is Dr. John C. Brougher, President of the Fort Vancouver Historical Society, with Mrs. Brougher, past president of the Vancouver’s Women’s Club. To the right is Grace C. Jones, an historical society member. The Vancouver Women’s Club maintained care and supervision of the building.

The Vancouver Women’s Club is pleased to offer two special opportunities for the public to visit the cabin.  Open house will be on Saturday, September 26 from 2-5pm and Saturday, October 3 from 2-5pm.  The house is located at 4201 Main St., Vancouver, 98663. Parking is free and there is no admission fee.  Bring your friends and family to see inside the cabin and talk to a docent about the fascinating history of this unique cabin and the role it played in the early development of Clark County.  For more information call 360-695-5602.

The Clark County Historical Museum is pleased to partner with the Vancouver Women’s Club to draw attention to this historic building.

 

 

 

CCHM First Thursday: Weird and Haunted Southwest Washington

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Jeff also has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in archaeology, and worked as a field archaeologist throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has written several articles and books on both military history and archaeology.

CCHM’s First Thursday event on October 1st at 7:00pm features historian and paranormal investigator Jeff Davis. Jeff will discuss his passion for researching and writing books on the paranormal.  Over the past 15 years, Jeff has written or contributed to a dozen books on ghosts and other odd and unusual happening in the Pacific Northwest.  Some of Jeff’s books include, Weird Washington, Weird Oregon, Ghosts, Critters, and Sacred Places of Washington and Oregon, and A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest.

Jeff Davis was born in Vancouver, Washington.  He spent 32 years in the US Army and Army Reserves. Highlights of Jeff’s career include the years he spent in the infantry, and later deployments to Bosnia, and two mobilizations to Southwest Asia, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  During these deployments, Jeff worked on missions as diverse as putting on puppet shows for orphans, to interviewing service members as a military historian.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.
Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

 

 

CCHM First Thursday: An Evening with Jack Graves of Burgerville

Burgerville_Webslider_No Text copy (3)CCHM’s First Thursday event on September 3rd hosts a town hall style discussion with Jack Graves, chief cultural officer of Burgerville.  Find out how Burgerville not only has served up fast food throughout its history but has made sustainable business practices a significant part of their brand. 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. 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 at your fingertips!

CCHM Food for Thought: Urban Husbandry Workshop

Fall in love with urban husbandry!

Ubran Homesteading MediumJoin us on September 5, 2015 at 9:00am at Urban Snail CSA to get an introduction to the fascinating world of urban husbandry! Learn what you’ll need to get started with your own low-effort backyard flock of chicken, and, yes, even ducks. Life cycles, coop designs, breed selection, care and feeding for health and egg production, protection from predators, and ways of integrating your chickens or ducks into your garden are all discussed in this amazing workshop. You’ll meet CSA Rachel Feston’s flock, see her set-up and get hands on experience chicken wrangling. Plus she’ll point you to good locations in Clark County to purchase your chickens, ducks, feed, and resources. This class is in conjunction with our exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. Tickets are $5 ($3 for members). RSVP is required and space is limited.

Out of respect for our speaker, guests will receive a message with her address when they RSVP.

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

Make a Pit Stop at CCHM July 18th, 2015

 In celebration of Cruisin’ The Gut 2015, admission to the museum is FREE from 11:00am to 4:00pm on July 18th, 2015. So after cruising the gut  make a pit stop at the museum. Take a look at our exhibits and pick up a FREE walking map highlighting the automotive history of the gut.

 

A History of Pacific Northwest Cheese

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Tami Parr is the author of Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History and the creator of the Pacific Northwest Cheese Project website (pnwcheese.com).

Join CCHM for First Thursday on August 6th, when cheese maven Tami Parr, author of Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History, narrates the history of local cheese making from fur-trading years and industrial production to artisan renaissance.  Learn about blue, Swiss, and even goat cheese from a regional expert.  Books will be available to purchase at event.

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.

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 through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

 

 

 

Haunted Walking Tours 2015

And now for something REALLY SCARY…

It’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!

Tours start at the museum at 7 pm and 9 pm every Friday and Saturday in October (except Halloween). Age 13 and over, please.

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 email info@cchmuseum.org to reserve your spots, then prepay the $10 admission fee ($8 for current CCHS members) in person at the museum during regular open hours or via our online option below.

SOLD OUT TOURS:
All remaining tours are sold out. Email info@cchmuseum or call 360.993.5679 to get on the wait list.UNPAID TOUR SPOTS WILL NOT BE HELD! Due to an unprecedented number of ‘no-shows’ – all tours must be prepaid by 4 pm the DAY BEFORE YOUR TOUR. Unpaid spots will be released.

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 info@cchmuseum.org today for more information and to hold your spot!