Upcoming Events & Classes

CCHM Speaker Series – Clark County Stories: Conversations with Women in Politics

Speaker Donna Sinclair, PhD

CCHM’s 2020 Speaker Series continues on Facebook Live Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m., with Donna Sinclair in “Clark County Stories: Conversations with Women in Politics”.

In this presentation based on the Clark County Stories project conducted in partnership with WSU Vancouver, historians and scholars, Donna Sinclair and Sue Peabody, highlight a series of conversational interviews and discussions exploring and reflecting on the role women have played as political leaders in Clark County. Several women in Clark County politics participated in recorded discussions for this program, including former congresswoman and state legislator, Linda Smith, former state legislator and Clark County Councilor Betty Sue Morris, former Camas Mayor, Nan Henriksen, and former City Councilor, Pat Jollota.

Donna Sinclair, Ph.D. is an historian and scholar specializing in oral history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. Sinclair holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University – Vancouver as well as a Master’s in History and Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. She teaches as an adjunct for Washington State University Vancouver, served on the Washougal Planning Commission in 2017 and is on the Washougal School Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Peabody is Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University Vancouver. Her historical exhibit, “The Strange History de Furcy Madeleine,” about a slave who won his freedom in the courts of France and Britain, appears at the Musée de Villèle, Réunion Island, France.

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Wager Audio. In our effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, this event will be streamed free on Facebook.

The Clark County Stories project is supported through the Pettyjohn Fund of the Department of History, Washington State University.

CCHM Speaker Series – “Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later”

CCHM’s Speaker Series continues on Facebook Live Thursday, May 7th at 7 pm, with “Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later”. Join CCHM Executive Director, Brad Richardson, as he looks back at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the events surrounding that day.

During this month’s Speaker Series event, Brad will reflect on the most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history. He will discuss the past volcanic events around Clark County, the lead up to that faithful morning, as well as the short- and long-term economic and cultural impacts it had on the region.

The CCHM 2020 Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Wager Audio. In our effort to support social distancing, this event will be streamed free on Facebook.

If you would like to support the Speaker Series and other CCHM programming during this time, please consider a tax-deductible donation equal to the regular cost of admission to this event ($5 adults; $4 seniors & youth).

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

History on Tap Streaming Edition: History A-Brewin’ (Encore)

Missed January’s History on Tap “Clark County’s Brewing History: From Fort Vancouver to Fortside”? We’re bringing it back for an encore presentation, right to the comfort of your own home.

Join CCHM Executive Director, Brad Richardson, as he streams live from the Kiggins Theater on April 16th at 7pm. Learn all about 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.

Have a history question you’d like to have answered? The ever popular segment, “Ask Pat,” is back! Post your question to CCHM’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page (#AskPat) or email us at outreach@cchm.org. Local historian, Pat Jollata, will select one question to answer during the show.

Tickets can be purchased online at kigginstheatre.com/movies/history-on-tap. Ticket holders will receive a private link to the event prior to the show.

Audio support for History on Tap is provided by the Courtney Irvin Trust. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association and ZZeppelin.

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

Property Research 101

Join Brad Richardson for this three-part virtual workshop where he walks you through the process of researching the history and developing a historical narrative for your property.

Cost: $15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $40 for the entire series

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

In this online workshop, CCHM Executive Director Brad Richardson teaches you the tools and skills needed to do property research on historic residential properties. Learn how to use readily available online resources to uncover the history behind your home or property.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

In the second part of our series, Brad focuses on historic commercial properties to help you uncover the history behind your business or property. 

A portion of this workshop will briefly review tools introduced in our Residential Properties course. While not required, we recommend Property Research 101: Residential Properties

ONLINE RESOURCES

In the final installment of our workshop series, join Brad as he dives into how to access and use a variety of online archives to help you tell the story of your property.

This workshop is the final in a three-part series. While not required, we recommend Property Research 101: Residential Properties and/or Property Research 101: Commercial Properties.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

CCHM online workshop are held on Zoom. Get the free Zoom app or you can sign in here https://zoom.us/signin. You’ll receive a link to join at least 30 minutes before class begins.

CANCELLED! 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series: Women and Politics

Election Card for Betsy Rae Ross (CCHM Digital Library)

Clark County Historical Museum and Washington State University – Vancouver are pleased to announce their 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series happening from 12 pm to 2 pm on March 14 and March 28 at the Museum.

On Saturday, March 14, CCHM hosts Community Conversation: Women and Politics in Clark County. In this conversation, historians and scholars, Donna Sinclair and Sue Peabody, facilitate an open discussion exploring and reflecting on the role women play as political leaders in Clark County. Several women in Clark County politics will be part of a panel, including former state legislator and Clark County Councilor Betty Sue Morris, former Camas Mayor, Nan Henriksen, and former City Councilor, Pat Jollota. Many current and past women leaders will also be present.

Sinclair returns to CCHM on Saturday, March 28, for Women’s Stories: A Writing Workshop, where participants unlock and share their personal stories as leaders and women in the community.

“We are excited to facilitate the stories women have to tell about their lives and community. I am especially thrilled to share what we have learned about the challenges and issues of political life from women like Betty Sue Morris, Pat Jollota, and Nan Henriksen. I can’t think of a more timely or important set of conversations to have than these as we look back on the anniversary of women getting the vote.”

Donna Sinclair, Ph.D. is an historian and scholar specializing in oral history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. Sinclair holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University – Vancouver as well as a Master’s in History and Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. She teaches as an adjunct for Washington State University Vancouver, served on the Washougal Planning Commission in 2017 and is on the Washougal School Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Peabody is Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University Vancouver. Her historical exhibit, “The Strange History de Furcy Madeleine,” about a slave who won his freedom in the courts of France and Britain, appears at the Musée de Villèle, Réunion Island, France.

This event is free and museum admission is waived for participants. Registration is not required but space is limited. CCHM encourages participants to RSVP to secure a spot.

The 2020 Community Conversations and Workshop series is part of Clark County Historical Museum’s ongoing celebration of women’s history and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment leading up to the Friday, August 21, opening of our newest exhibit (Her)story: Founders, Leaders, and Visionaries.

The Community Conversation and workshop are sponsored by “Clark County Stories: Women, Suffrage, and Politics,” through the Pettyjohn Fund of the Department of History, Washington State University.

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

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.

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.