The Columbian features Civil War exhibit

Click here to read an article about Shadows of Conflict: Clarke County and the Civil War.


The Vancouver Business Journal features CCHM’s 50th Anniversary

Click here to read an article about the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.


North Bank Now features “Shadows of Conflict” exhibit

Click here to read an article about Shadows of Conflict: Clarke County and the Civil War on North Bank Now Magazine’s website.


Susan Tissot to leave Clark County Historical Society/Museum Executive Directorship

The Clark County Historical Society’s (CCHS) Board of Directors has begun the search for a new executive director for the organization. According to CCHS Board Chair, Robert Stepsis, long-time community leader and current CCHS Executive Director, Susan M.G. Tissot, will leave her position at the end of May to become the executive director for the Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation in Eureka, California. She joins husband Brian N. Tissot, who left his professorship at Washington State University (WSU-Vancouver) to become director of Humboldt State University’s marine laboratory in Trinidad, California.

The Clark County Historical Museum, located in downtown Vancouver, Washington, houses a broad-based collection of materials and archives dating from 1200 A.D. to the present, and serves as headquarters for CCHS operations.

Ms. Tissot has led the Historical Society program and staff at the museum for the past ten years, doubling the operating budget and upgrading Vancouver’s 1909 Carnegie Library Building through community and government partnerships that resulted in nearly $1 million in building improvements, including ADA accessibility. She leaves a legacy of community outreach appreciably increasing the museum’s profile while designing education and exhibit programs that make the museum and the community’s history relevant. Annual museum visitation increased from 1,500 visitors in 2003 to 15,000 last year, with an additional 70,000 virtual visits from researchers worldwide using the museum’s newly- developed online resources.

“I am proud of the many accomplishments and community partnerships we have developed during my tenure. ” Tissot said. “Perhaps most important for the long term is the digitization of our photographic image and newspaper collections done in partnership with WSU’s Vancouver and Pullman Libraries. Together we created easy and open access to Clark County’s remarkable history. This achievement,” she concluded, “also provides a digital backup to protect the collections from catastrophic events.”

Board Chair, Robert Stepsis, pledged continuation of the high standard Tissot has established. “No program like ours can lose someone of Susan’s professional caliber without being knocked back on its heels a bit. Fortunately,” he said, “she’s assembled a first rate staff and has developed a reputation for the museum that we hope will attract top-flight professional applicants from around the country. Still,” he said, “our program and this community are going to miss her terribly.”

A search committee has been formed from among CCHS Board Members and applications are now being accepted for the position. Stepsis said the new executive director will provide leadership and administration for the Historical Society and Museum, including planning, organizing and directing all operational fundraising and programmatic aspects of the organization. A Master’s degree and a minimum of five years museum management will be required, along with a demonstrated proficiency in fundraising.

Ms. Tissot served as an adjunct faculty member in the History Department at WSU-Vancouver over the same period she led the museum. During her tenure, CCHS has won six statewide awards and garnered numerous grants. Ms. Tissot was also responsible for establishing innovative museum exhibits and public programs.

The Clark County Historical Society was established in 1917 and has operated museum programs in Vancouver’s 1909 Carnegie Library since 1964.

Tom Hunt
(503) 885-0080


The Columbian and The Daily Insider cover Executive Director Susan Tissot’s resignation

Click here to read The Columbian’s article on Executive Director Susan Tissot’s resignation, and here to read the article from The Daily Insider.


Artifact Detectives program recognised in Ridgefield School District’s ‘Did You Know?’

Click here to read an article from the Ridgefield School District’s ‘Did You Know?’ series on the Artifact Detectives program at Union Ridge Elementary School.


Teaching America’s History program featured in Camas Post-Record

Click here to read an article that ran in the Camas Post-Record on October 29, 2013 on the Artifact Detectives program.


CCHM Walking Tours tapings now available on YouTube

This past fall 2013, Comcast Channel 29 (in Clark County) aired ESD 112’s tapings of our 2013 Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours, each of which focused on a different downtown Vancouver neighborhood. The airings are now over, but you can now view them all on YouTube by clicking here!


US Navy Seals blog features “Vet Ink” online

Click here to read an article about our “Vet Ink” exhibit at


Northwest Guardian features “Vet Ink”

Click here to read an article in the Northwest Guardian about the “Vet Ink” exhibit.


The Oregonian features “Vet Ink”

Click here to read The Oregonian’s article on our “Vet Ink” exhibit.


UK Daily Mail features “Vet Ink”

Click here to read an article about “Vet Ink” on the UK’s Mail Online!


NBC News features “Vet Ink”

Click here to read the NBC News article about our exhibit “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos”.


The Columbian features “Vet Ink”

On February 19th, 2013, we opened “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos”, the very first exhibit to be featured in our new brick room gallery. This multimedia exhibit features the stories of local veterans’ service-inspired tattoos. Click here to read an article about the exhibit from The Columbian.


Brautigan Library featured in Harper’s Magazine

The Brautigan Library inside the Clark County Historical Museum was recently recognised by a December 2012 article in Harper’s Magazine.