Past Events

Join us at our Annual Membership Meeting

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm we’re holding our Annual Membership Meeting. All current, renewing, and prospective members are welcome. Come hear Executive Director Bradley Richardson talk about our great year of exhibits, programs, and events in 2018 and find out what’s in store for 2019.

Don’t miss your final chance to experience the beauty of traditional and contemporary Native American bead work from across the Northwest Coast, Plateau and Plains regions. Join us as we celebrate our exhibit Making Beauty during our farewell reception at 6:00 pm after our November 15th Membership Meeting.

 

 

 

 

Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place

In the past thirty years, the population of Clark County has more than doubled, from 221,654 to nearly 500,000 in 2017. More than half (54%) of the current residents were born in another state, while over 10% of the county’s residents in 2015 were born in another country. Recognizing a growing gulf between recent arrivals and Clark County residents with deeper historical roots, Dr. Peabody and Dr. Sinclair, in collaboration with the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM), Washington State University Vancouver, and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District has undertaken a series of projects to identify bearers of these stories, foster outreach, community dialogue, and understanding, collect and archive these stories, and make them available locally and more widely for future researchers.
Please join Washington State University Vancouver, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and CCHM as we explore Clark County Stories at the following events below:


Sharing Our Stories

Storytellers drawn from more than 150 who participated in the 2018 “Clark County Stories” series will share their stories. The audience will also be invited to share their own three-minute anecdotes on the themes of “Favorite Places” and “Migration Stories” in Clark County.

Sharing Our Stories: Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, 98686

Clark County Stories Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum 

For more information: contact us or call (360) 993-5679.

Sponsored by: CCHM, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Humanities Washington “Washington Stories” Grant, Peabody’s College of Arts and Sciences Meyer Distinguished Professor Fellowship, Washington State University Vancouver, and Washington State University History Department’s Pettyjohn Fund.

2017 GiveMore24! – Your Place in History

For GiveMore24! the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) wants to know about your place in history! Our Museum is more than the building that holds our important objects, artifacts, and archives. It’s also where we store our community’s memories. That said, many of our memories are tied to a place. We are calling on you to share a place in Clark County where you connect with history, whether it’s a larger story, a place to preserve, or your own personal journey. We are looking for participants to send us a photo and a single sentence to show AND tell us about their place in history. Then on September 21st remember to give at : give-more-24.org/designee/clark-county-historical-museum-1

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CCHM September First Thursday: A Field Trip to Columbia Springs

Field Trip to Columbia Springs…

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) on Thursday, September 7, 2017 for our FREE Museum After Hours event to learn more about Columbia Springs!  This event will NOT be held at the museum.  We will be meeting at Columbia Springs, located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy. Vancouver, WA 98663 at 6pm.  We will be visiting this great organization, learning about its history, and taking a look at its beautiful grounds.

Columbia Springs is the historic site of the first lumber mill in the Pacific Northwest, and current home to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

We will take a tour of the facilities and hear about the history and current operations. This is a free event. Please meet us at Columbia Springs, we will be in the large classroom to start. Where comfortable walking shoes as we will be taking a leisurely stroll.

 

Cultural Traditions Community Meeting – Sept. 11, 2017

CCHM will be hosting a Cultural Traditions Community Meeting.  Join us at the museum on Sept. 11, 2017 at 10am to give your input on the development of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions.

Launching this fall, the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will be Washington State’s new folklife and traditional arts program, and we are hosting a series of community meetings to get your input on the Center’s development.

What is folklife, and what are traditional arts? They are activities and objects that are inseparable from a cultural community. They are expressions of people’s heritage and help tell their story: foods, occupations, crafts, traditional medicine, storytelling, music, and more.

The Center will support tradition bearers throughout the state, interpret the state’s rich cultural heritage, conduct meaningful research, and create a range of innovative media and programming.

Join us at one of our FREE community meetings across the state this summer and fall to:
• Learn about the development of the Center, and plans for its future.
• Learn about networks supporting Washington communities’ heritage.
• Discuss some of Washington’s many cultural traditions with community leaders, tradition
bearers, the Center’s Director.
• Share your ideas and questions.
• Help us create strong partnerships and effective programming
that honors our diverse pasts, shared present, and collective
future.

The Center is a partnership between Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA.

For more information contact: Kristin Sullivan, Director, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions: kristin@humanities.org | (206) 682-1770 ext. 107 or visit humanities.org

CCHM November First Thursday: Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present

 

CCHM’s First Thursday Museum After Hours on November 2nd at 7:00pm features Chinook Vice Chairman Sam Robinson. He will present a talk titled “Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present.” In this talk, Sam will discuss the history of the Chinook Nation’s existence and relationship to the United States from contact to the continuing struggle for federal status.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.

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

 

History Town Hall – Yacolt/Amboy

Hear and Share Your History

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the North Clark Historical Museum at 7:00 pm on July 17, 2017 at the North Clark County Historical Museum (21416 NE 399th St, Amboy, WA 98601) for the next installment of our 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 Yacolt/Amboy history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Yacolt/Amboy will examine the cities place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on programs and exhibitions.

Doors will open at 6:30pm and the discussion will start at 7:00pm. 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 at your fingertips!

Museum After Hours – Discussing Vanport with Zita Podany

Join us at CCHM on May 4, 2017, at 7:00 pm for a discussion of Vanport with local author Zita Podany. Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers.It was a city with many firsts. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time. On May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Zita Podany is a longtime resident of Portland and has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs. This lecture is part of our monthly First Thursday Museum After Hours Series. Continue reading

First Friday Book Sale

books_photo1During our First Friday event, May 5, 2017, 5 – 9 pm, we’ll be selling thousands of books, many old and unique! Everyone is welcome to this free event. Admission is waived for First Fridays but donations are greatly appreciated.

$1 Soft covers
$2 Hard Covers
Fill a provided box for $5!

 

 

 

 

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History Town Hall – Vancouver

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Hear and Share Your History

Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) at 7:00 pm on May 15, 2017 at the museum (1511 Main Street, Vancouver WA, 98660) for the next installment in our 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 Vancouver history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Vancouver will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibitions.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the discussion will start at 7:00 pm. 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 at your fingertips!

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CANCELLED – Exploring Personal Artifacts Workshop

Tell Your Personal History through an Artifact at CCHM Workshop

People often discover their personal histories by writing journals, diaries or memoirs. A less known approach is to write about objects that have meaning to them—another way they can better understand the content or their lives and the historical context that always swirls around them.

The question of the relationship people have with the objects around them is a philosophical question that began with the ancient Greeks. It’s philosophers have yet to solve. This leaves fertile ground for each of use to explore our relationship with the objects around us and determine how they fit into our personal history.

During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to think and write about a cherished or personal possession in new ways.  They will explore and write about the relationship they have with the item and their personal history. An experienced writer will guide attendees through a series of steps to learn more about why this possession means so much to you. Attendees use writing exercises that consider different aspects of their artifact so they can gain new perspectives that help communicate its value to others—friends, family, or the world.

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First Friday – Open Beading

Bring your project to CCHM during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk on April 7, 2017 for open beading! Everyone is welcome to this free event. It’ll run from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. This is a social activity, not a class. Also, please bring your own light! While you’re here, be sure to experience the exhibition Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America. Admission is waived for First Friday’s but donations are greatly appreciated. Come make some wearable art with us!

History Annual Release and Authors Panel

CCHM Annual Release & Authors Panel

Join us at CCHM on April 6, 2017, at 7:00 pm for a panel discussion featuring several authors involved in the 2016 History Annual. The panel will be moderated by the Annuals editor Martin Middlewood and will include authors Jan Anderson, Jeff Davis, Howard Gingold, Mike Keirstead, and Jim Pestillo. They will discuss how they chose their topic, what they set out to answer, what resources they used, and they might give us a sneak peak into what they are working on next. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Museum After Hours Series.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00 pm and the discussion will start at 7:00 pm. 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!

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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Museum Remodel

Museum Closing Temporarily

After having an unexpected delay, we are excited to announce that the Museum remodel is happening. The City of Vancouver, who owns the building, is removing the mid-century era floor tile on the main and lower floors.  Upstairs, the original wood flooring will be refinished.  Downstairs, vinyl tile will go in.  After the floors are replaced upstairs, the lobby and the NW and SW galleries will be painted.  This work will take roughly two months.  We’ll close on October 1 at end of day.  Visit soon to see Woven History one last time.  When we re-open it will be replaced with All Aboard! Clark County Rides the Rails. Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress will also close on October 1.

While we are closed, we’ll be working on special projects like revamping our website, planning for our 100th Anniversary celebration, and tackling a backlog of collections processing.  Haunted Walking Tours will continue as scheduled, new this year, we will be starting inside Slocum House.  Patrons will have limited and conditional access to the Research Library upon request.  There will be no First Thursday program October – January. Our annual member meeting will be on November 17 at a location to be determined.

A re-opening date will be announced in November.