Upcoming Events & Classes

Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place

In the past thirty years, the population of Clark County has more than doubled, from 221,654 to nearly 500,000 in 2017. More than half (54%) of the current residents were born in another state, while over 10% of the county’s residents in 2015 were born in another country. Recognizing a growing gulf between recent arrivals and Clark County residents with deeper historical roots, Dr. Peabody and Dr. Sinclair, in collaboration with the Clark County Historical Museum, Washington State University Vancouver, and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District has undertaken a series of projects to identify bearers of these stories, foster outreach, community dialogue, and understanding, collect and archive these stories, and make them available locally and more widely for future researchers.
Please join Washington State University Vancouver, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and Clark County Historical Museum as we explore Clark County Stories at the following events below:

Community Oral History Workshop

Donna Sinclair, independent historian, will help participants learn how to collect and preserve their community stories.

  • January 27th 1-4 p.m., Library Headquarters, Library Hall, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., 98663. Pre-registration is required: ClarkCountyStories@gmail.com

Community Conversations

Facilitated conversations: Come share your story of how you and your family came to Clark County and the changes you’ve seen. Meet your neighbors!

  • March 3rd from 1 – 4 p.m. – How We Came to North Clark County at the Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, 98604
  • May 26th from 1 – 4 p.m. – Migration Stories at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, 98660, Columbia Room
  • October 11th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. –  Sharing Our Stories, WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, 98686

Summer Story Workshops

Turn your stories into written records for posterity. All Summer Story workshops are held at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main Street Vancouver, WA, 98660, Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m.

  • June 30th – Everybody Has a Story: Publishing Your Short-Form Memoir, Scott Hewitt, The Columbian
  • July 28 – How I Found Myself in Clark County: Discovering the Self Through Poems of Place, Christopher Luna, Past Poet Laureate of Clark County
  • September 15 – Telling Stories with your Family Heirlooms, Martin Middlewood, Clark County History Annual

Clark County Historical Museum Clark County Stories Exhibit

  • October 18th at 5:30 p.m. – Exhibit Opening Reception

For more information: Clark County Historical Museum (360) 993-5679