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

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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.