Upcoming Events & Classes

History Town Hall: Ridgefield

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Join the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the City of Ridgefield at 6:00pm on July 25, 2016 at the A Pickled Heron Gallery and Ballroom (418 Pioneer St. Ridgefield, WA 98642) for the first in a series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage.

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments they feel embody the spirit of Ridgefield history. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Ridgefield will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

Over the next few years, CCHM will install a permanent exhibition telling the overall story of Clark County’s history. These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in this story. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibition.

Doors will open at 5:30pm and the discussion will start at 6:00pm. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. We offer local history and conversations at your fingertips!


Arnada Garden Tour


Clark County Historical Museum tour guide Brad Richardson will be joined by former OSU & WSU Master Gardener Barbara Clark to present a Tree and Front Garden Themed Walking Tour of the Arnada Neighborhood on Friday, August 5, 2016 beginning 6pm at Arnada Park (610 E 25th St, Vancouver, WA 98663). Brad and Barbara highlight the history of the homes in this historic neighborhood as well as heritage trees and the home’s contemporary gardens. The tour will end at Cellar55 (1812 Washington St. Vancouver, WA 98660).

Reservations for this special tour are required. Call 360/993-5679 to reserve seats. Cost is $7 for museum members and $9 for non-members.




CCHM Walking Tours

walking1Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. What’s the history of the Academy? Who was Kiggins and why did he come to Vancouver? What’s the connection between St. James Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company? Join us on a CCHM walking tour to learn the answers to these questions and more.

Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.

Our tours feature the following areas:

Below is our 2016 tour schedule:

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Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Full season passes are $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679 or by email at info@cchmuseum.org.

Purchase your tickets online via the link below:

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Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Grist Mill_Web Square_Daily Insider-OursCCHM’s First Thursday program on August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm will feature an offsite talk at the famed Cedar Creek Grist Mill at 43907 NE Grist Mill Road, Woodland, WA 98674. The topic for the evening will be the mill, its history, and its restoration. The mill, built in 1876, served not only as a mill but as a social center, blacksmith shop, private residence, and fish ladder. Entrance for the talk is free. Space and parking are limited. Arrive early to ensure a seat for this offsite talk. Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit our website today for directions or more information.


First Friday: Open Beading Night

IMG_0034_SMALLAre you a beader? Bring your project to CCHM during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk on May 6, 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. Also, please bring your own light! 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!


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, August 13, 2016 from 11:00am to 2:00pm 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.