Upcoming Events & Classes

One November Morning

One November Morning ImageDescendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders.

CCHM is hosting the exhibition One November Morning from February 13 through May 28, 2016.  This extraordinary exhibition has shown at the Denver Art Museum and galleries at University of Denver and Northwestern University. CCHM will be the first venue on the West Coast.  An opening reception and program with Learned and Levi will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 4-7 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum.

Learned and Levi will be in town February 13-21. They will conduct a second program from 6-8pm on Friday, February 19.  They will start the program with a viewing of a PBS documentary on Sand Creek, then talk about their art and why they created it followed by a look at other related historic events.  Finally, they will engage the audience in a conversation about how this event ties to contemporary issues in our world.
Schedule of events:

  • February 13 – 4-7pm Exhibition opening and program by Brent Learned and George Curtis Levi – free with admission
  • February 15 – noon-8pm Native social day exclusively for the Native American community – admission waived
  • February 17 – mural painting by Learned and Levi (details TBD)
  • February 19 – 6-8pm Brent Learned and George Curtis Levi program (2nd offering) – $15
  • February 20 – 11am-4pm Social and workshop with Brent Learned, George Curtis Levi – free with admission

CCHM is partnering with WSUV, Clark College, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Title VII Indian Education and the Portland Art Museum.  Throughout the run of the exhibition, related programs related will be held at these various venues.

Your donation will help us bring the exhibition and several of the artists to the Museum.

First Friday: Open Beading Night

IMG_0034_SMALLAre you a beader? Bring your project to CCHM during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk on February 5, 2016 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. 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!


Ask a Military Historian Day

Ask a Military Historian Web Square-1_edited-2Do you have questions about your great grandfather’s old military uniform, hanging in your closet?  Do you want to look up his unit?  Do you want to know more about the history of the Vancouver Barracks?  We may be able to help. On February 20, 2016, the Clark County Historical Society and the Vancouver Barracks Military Association will work together to answer some of these questions in our first, Ask a Military Historian Day.

This event will begin with at 11:00am with a 30 minute discussion on how to find military records for your relatives, as well as uniform and military unit histories.  Then our military history volunteers will try to work one on one to address your questions.  While we will probably not be able to answer all your questions, we hope to start you on the path to finding out more yourself.
Admission to the Museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors,$2 for children under 18, and free with CCHM membership.

For more information and questions, please contact us through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history at your fingertips!

Want to know more about the VBMA? Click the link below.

Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark

CCHM’sFirst-Families-Forward_Web-Square First Thursday event on March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm features Pat Courtney Gold presenting “Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark.” Most the books written about Lewis and Clark were from a white man’s perspective. Learn about the Native People’s view of Lewis and Clark. How did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark? What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred salmon in preference for dog meat?

Pat consulted with Elders along the Columbia River to include their memories and stories of encounters with the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Pat Courtney Gold is a Native American fiber artist and basket weaver. She is a Wasco Native of the ancestral “Long Narrows Wasco” the upriver branch of the Chinook Nation. Her ancestors lived along the Columbia River for more than 12,000 years. She was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Oregon.

Pat obtained a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Whitman College and worked in the field until 1991 when she decided instead to focus on art, especially reviving the weaving of her Wasco ancestors. Today Pat Courtney Gold is recognized internationally as an exquisite weaver who does both traditional weaving, that incorporates designs that express the cultural life of her people, as well as creating contemporary pieces. Besides doing artwork, she teaches, consults, and lectures about the Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums. Her art is shown in museums and collections around the world.

Pat will bring artifacts to highlight her presentation.

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 info@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

Researching Your Building, Home, or Property

Have you ever wondered who used to live and work in your home or on your property? Well, wonder no more…

Join our curator Brad Richardson Saturday,  March 12, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property. Tickets are $15 ($10 for CCHS members).  Space is limited, so contact us today to hold your spot. Contact us at (360) 993-5679 or by email today to hold your spot!

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Frugal Family Fun Awaits!

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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.