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Buffalo Soldiers in Clark County

February CCHM Speaker Series presenter Frazier Raymond, right, stands with the late Bill Morehouse, founding member of the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Clark County Historical Museum will launch its 2020 Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 6, with Frazier Raymond’s presentation of “Buffalo Soldiers in Clark County.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Raymond is president of the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter, 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Association. Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry in 1968 and retired in 1990, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in many locations, including Vietnam, Fort Lewis, WA, Europe, and South America.

“When I was in the Army, before I retired, I did not know much about the Buffalo Soldiers,” Raymond said. “It was only after I retired and joined the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Chapter that I found out how similar our experiences were. I look forward to telling this story.”

For the Speaker Series event, Raymond will discuss his own military service and involvement with the Buffalo Soldiers, and reflect on his personal connections to sites related to Buffalo Soldiers in the Pacific Northwest and how those experiences have shaped his perspectives on military service.

To learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers – Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter, 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Association, visit buffalosoldierspdx.com/Pacific_NW_Chapter.html.

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free for CCHM members, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

National Unpublished Writers’ Day

Clark County Historical Museum, with Artstra, Rose City Book Pub, and Washington State University Vancouver will celebrate writing and Richard Brautigan during the 2020 National Unpublished Writers’ Day event at the Museum on Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

Planned activities include readings, workshops on writing and publishing, and information and activities for writers of all ages. “National Unpublished Writers Day will highlight a broad approach to writing for Museum visitors,” said Bradley Richardson, museum executive director.

“We are truly honored to be a part of this year’s National Unpublished Writers’ Day,” said Artstra chair, Karen Madsen. “By bringing together emerging and established writers, this event aligns perfectly with our organization’s goal of supporting local artists and encouraging arts accessibility. This is just one more way to help writers find their voice and gain confidence and to ensure the arts thrive in our community.”

“Internationally acclaimed writer Richard Brautigan was born here in Washington,” said John Barber, faculty at Washington State University Vancouver, a Brautigan scholar, and curator of the Museum’s Brautigan Library collection. “He suffered many rejections before achieving success as a writer. The Brautigan Library celebrates Brautigan’s vision and perseverance by providing a place where interested writers can share their narratives, regardless of content or quality. National Unpublished Writers Day celebrates this collection, its mission, and Brautigan’s birthday, Jan. 30, 1935, in Tacoma,” Barber said.

More about the Brautigan Library

2020 Program

Click HERE to purchase tickets for the next History on Tap.

Clark County Historical Museum unites history and hops as part of its interactive program, “History on Tap.” Each event features a trivia quiz, a Q&A segment, a talk on a popular historical topic, and — of course — a selection of local brews. Events are held at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, 1011 Main Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

Admission to “History on Tap” is $15 in advance, or $18 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Kiggins Theatre Box Office, the Clark County Historical Museum, or online at kigginstheatre.com/movies/history-on-tap. Audio support for “History on Tap” is provided by the Courtney Irvin Trust. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association and ZZeppelin.

January 16: Clark County’s Brewing History — From Fort Vancouver to Fortside

This presentation will serve as a public introduction to the museum’s upcoming exhibit, “History A-Brewin’,” which will celebrate Clark County’s extensive brewing history and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of prohibition. For the event, keynote speaker and CCHM executive director Brad Richardson will discuss brewing in the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Vancouver Barracks; the era of prohibition; the Women’s Christian Temperance Union; and the establishment and growth of Great Western Malting.

April 16: Women’s Suffrage in Washington State

July 16: Music, Movement, and Sound: An exploration of Clark County’s musical roots

October 15: Campfire Tales 2 — The haunting history of Clark County

Presented by local historians Brad Richardson, Pat Jollota, and Jeff Davis, this talk will explore the modern folklore of Clark County through historical interpretations, personal stories, and folktales related to our history and various haunting accounts.

History A-Brewin’

The story of brewing, distilling, temperance, and prohibition in Clark County and Southwest Washington started long ago. Dr. John McLoughlin grew barley and used a large portion of it for brewing in 1826; Star Brewery would begin its production of beer in 1890; and, many longtime residents remember the large “L” of Lucky Lager that ended its 35-year run in 1985. Today, brewers, distillers, and winemakers in Clark County have turned to a craft and artisan style that creates beverages of unparalleled quality. However, the road for these industries has not always been paved with Hop Gold.

To showcase the fascinating history of beer, liquor, and the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment, we will explore the following: brewing in the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the multitude of early breweries and brewers (such as Henry Weinhard), prohibition, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Dry vs. Wet counties and states, the transformation of bars and pubs, and the contemporary brewing and distilling scene in Clark County.

To tell these stories, we will employ the use of interpretative panels surrounded by interactive display cases and other visual guides. The panels will tell a story through text, historical photographs and images, while the display cases and other mediums will invite the patron to not only use sight, but also touch and smell.

Beyond the objects in our own collection, other museums, businesses, and historical organizations will be involved in this exhibit. The intent is for the exhibit to be representative of the entire county and drive people to visit these other amazing sites.

The goal of this exhibit is to produce an educational and engaging exploration of Clark County’s brewing and distilling story from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Visitors will not only discover the narrative and living history of this important industry in Clark County and Southwest Washington, but maybe change the flavor profile of this area in the future.

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2020 Program

The Clark County Historical Museum Speaker Series runs from February to November of each year. These engaging talks feature a variety of topics ranging from popular local stories to broad organizational histories and much more. The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.

General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free with a CCHM membership. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the event will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating. All CCHM Speaker Series events are held at the museum unless otherwise indicated.