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 exhibit 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 Native beadwork artist whose restoration work has benefited various museums for more than 20 years.
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. The exhibition invites you to explore themes: trade networks, materials used, skills, artistry, and the uses of the beaded objects. 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.
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. The exhibition invites you to explore themes: trade networks, materials used, skills, artistry, and the uses of the beaded objects. 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.
Exhibition Run: November 5, 2015 through Fall 2017
Support for this Exhibition Provided by:
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 1926, 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website today for more information.
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 email@example.com 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.
For the purchase of multiple tickets online, selection the appropriate ticket option, fill out the required field, and click “buy now.” You will be able to change the number of tickets purchased on the next page.
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.
On November 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. we are providing a free viewing at the Kiggins Theatre of a new documentary by Silver Bullet Productions called “A Thousand Voices.” This is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.
Many thanks to all of who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign to bring the new documentary “A Thousand Voices” to the Kiggins!
Frugal Family Fun Awaits! Come to the museum to pick up your copy of Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington and Oregon. The passport is your guide to an automobile adventure celebrating Carnegie libraries. Visit three locations and be entered to win a prize! Fill out your Carnegie library scavenger hunt and learn more about these wonderful buildings!
This passport was developed by the Carnegie Library Consortium of Washington (CLCW), a special initiative of the Clark County Historical Museum. The CLCW wishes to promote awarness and preservation of Carnegie library buildings by sharing their history and heritage, and by promoting related tourism and commerce.
Click here to learn more about Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour.