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2015 CCHM Walking Tour Schedule

Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.

This year’s tours will feature the following areas: Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, and Lincoln Neighborhood.

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, by email at info@cchmuseum.org, or purchase a ticket below today to hold your spot!

Special walking tours this year include a sidewalk garden tour and the return of our Haunted Walking Tours. Private tours can also be arranged at your request for groups of 10 or more.

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John Yeon & The Shire Landscape Architecture Preserve


Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon

Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon

John Yeon is highly regarded as one of the most influential architects of what has come to be known as the Northwest Regional style.  Though the prominent Portland architect never had one of his designs built in Washington State, he did purchase a parcel of land directly across the Columbia River from Multnomah Falls to protect it from development.  This scenic riverfront property called The Shire became Yeon’s private landscape preserve featuring one of the most iconic backdrops of the Pacific Northwest.

The Clark County Historical Museum and Clark County Historic Preservation Commission are proud to offer a unique presentation on June 4, 2015 at 7:00pm about architect John Yeon, featuring Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon.  A preamble will be delivered by Robert Hinds, Commission Chair, who previously restored and listed one of Yeon’s houses on the National Register of Historic Places.  The lecture will detail the career of Yeon with an emphasis on Washington.  In addition to The Shire, Yeon played a leading role in the establishment of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Olympic National Park.


Photo by Robert Hinds


Yeon was a contemporary of influential architects like Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Aubrey Watzek House was featured alongside Falling Waters by Wright at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1939 and earned international acclaim.  The Watzek House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was elevated to the status of National Historic Landmark in 2011.  The Portland Visitors Information Center and John Yeon Speculative House are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museum patrons will have a rare opportunity to visit The Shire on Saturday,  June 13.  Tours are available for $30 per person and proceeds go to support the Yeon Center and the Clark County Historical Museum.  A minimum for 10 people are required.  Space is limited so please RSVP by June 1.

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Randy Gragg is the Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon.  He is a former arts editor at The Oregonian and founding editor of Spaces magazine.  He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Nevada and MFA in Photography from University of Washington.

Robert Ted Hinds is Chair of the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.  He restored one of John Yeon’s “speculative” houses and authored its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.  He holds Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Oregon in Psychology and Business, as well as an MBA from Washington State University Vancouver.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm.

Please contact us at (360) 993-5679, by email info@cchmuseum.org or visit our website today for more information.

Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington

Scott WoodwardOn July 2, 2015 at 7:00pm, CCHM’s First Thursday presents, “Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington.” This fascinating talk by professor Scott Woodward will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State. Make CCHM a part of your night! Admission is free thanks to support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

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


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.