In celebration of women’s history and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Clark County Historical Museum is opening “(Her)Story: Founders, Leaders, and Visionaries,” an exhibit exploring the significant impact women have made on Clark County history.
From time immemorial, women have played a major role in the building and growth of communities in Clark County and Southwest Washington. Today, many women in all facets of our community carry this legacy forward. To examine yesterday and today, we will explore the following: Native American Nations, Hudson’s Bay Company, Vancouver Barracks, early and continuing communities, community organizations, legislative movements, and much more.
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The story of brewing, distilling, temperance, and prohibition in Clark County and Southwest Washington started long ago. Dr. John McLoughlin grew barley and used a large portion of it for brewing in 1826; Star Brewery would begin its production of beer in 1890; and, many longtime residents remember the large “L” of Lucky Lager that ended its 35-year run in 1985. Today, brewers, distillers, and winemakers in Clark County have turned to a craft and artisan style that creates beverages of unparalleled quality. However, the road for these industries has not always been paved with Hop Gold.
To showcase the fascinating history of beer, liquor, and the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment, we will explore the following: brewing in the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the multitude of early breweries and brewers (such as Henry Weinhard), prohibition, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Dry vs. Wet counties and states, the transformation of bars and pubs, and the contemporary brewing and distilling scene in Clark County.
To tell these stories, we will employ the use of interpretative panels surrounded by interactive display cases and other visual guides. The panels will tell a story through text, historical photographs and images, while the display cases and other mediums will invite the patron to not only use sight, but also touch and smell.
Beyond the objects in our own collection, other
museums, businesses, and historical organizations will be involved in this
exhibit. The intent is for the exhibit to be representative of the entire county
and drive people to visit these other amazing sites.
The goal of this exhibit is to produce an educational
and engaging exploration of Clark County’s brewing and distilling story from
yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Visitors will not only discover the narrative
and living history of this important industry in Clark County and Southwest Washington,
but maybe change the flavor profile of this area in the future.