Upcoming Events & Classes

From Lucky to Loowit: The Fall of Lucky Lager and the Rise of the Craft Brewing Industry

Join us for our inaugural “History on Tap” event, to be held at the historic Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 17. This interactive and entertaining program will feature a trivia quiz, a Q&A segment, a talk on local history, and a selection of local brews. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

“We’re excited to partner with the historic Kiggins Theatre on this new and exciting event for the community,” said Brad Richardson, CCHM executive director. “Our goal is to have fun with our history and explore popular historical stories in an engaging way.”

The evening will commence with a gameshow-style segment in which audience members are invited on stage to answer a series of history questions about Clark County and beyond. The questions will be drawn from a Clark County trivia game created by local historian and author Pat Jollota. The next segment, called “Ask Pat,” will feature Jollota’s answers to one question about local history, as selected from social media, email, or submitted through the museum.

The final segment will be a talk given on a historical subject. Talks will range from local topics of interest, to narratives that have gained national popularity. Steve Bader, of Bader Beer and Wine Supply, will present the Jan. 17 talk, titled “From Lucky to Loowit: The Fall of Lucky Lager and the Rise of the Craft Brewing Industry.”

“The closing of Lucky Lager Brewery in 1985 seemed to signal the end of more than 100 years of beer production in downtown Vancouver,” Bader said. “Over the last two decades, however, passionate local brewers have come together through small bars, pubs, and microbreweries to create a culture of craft brewing in our community. We are in the midst of an exciting new chapter in Vancouver beer making.”

Other topics for the 2019 program include “The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington,” Pat Jollota’s newest book, on April 18, and “Stuff We Used to Believe” on July 18. The 2019 program will conclude Oct. 17 with “Campfire Tales,” during which local historians will recall their scariest Clark County ghost stories.

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, and marketing support is provided by Zzoom Media. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Tap Takeover for the Jan. 17 event will be sponsored by Loowit Brewing Company.

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

Music, Movement, & Sound: An Exploration of Clark County’s Musical Roots

Open Now – Music is math; music is science; music is language; music is history; music is in all things.

The concept that music reaches deep into our lives and community is at the core of our exciting new exhibit Music, Movement, and Sound: An Exploration of Clark County’s Musical Roots.

This display is a family-friendly, educational, and inspirational exploration of Clark County’s musical roots and our community’s vibrant musical culture today. We feature local and national artists and community groups, such as, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Chinook Indian Nation, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Friends of the Carpenter, The Responding, 204th Army Band, Battle Ground Community Band, Vancouver USA Singers, Washington Old Time Fiddler’s District 10 Players, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Diane Schuur, Ceremonial Castings,  Amber Sweeney, Doug Smith, Gary Hobbs, A.M.E Zion Community Church, The Juleps, River Twain, Lincolns Beard, Part Time Perfect, Harvest Gold, and many, many more.

Our exhibit also features Clark County’s Covington Piano, which is the first piano brought to the Pacific Northwest. After departing Europe by ship, the Covington Piano braved South America’s tumultuous Cape Horn before arriving in the Oregon Territory in 1846. This 1830s Playel upright had been a wedding gift to Richard and Anne Covington, who were both recruited by the Hudson’s Bay Company to serve as educators at Fort Vancouver. On their overseas journey from London, England, the musical twenty-somethings brought with them a violin, guitar, and what is now a revered piece of regional history, the Covington Piano: the first piano to arrive in the Pacific Northwest.

We use interpretative panels, historical objects, and new interactive stations to create an exhibit where visitors can not only discover the living history of music, dance, and radio in Clark County and Southwest Washington but engage with it.

We want to give a heartfelt thanks to our exhibit sponsors BNSF, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Realvest, Clark County, Wager Audio, and The Brickhouse Bar and Grill. Their support made this possible. Additional support was provided by Hammersmith Rock Institute. We also want to thank artist Anni Furniss for her amazing artwork for our exhibit.

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