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 (CCHM), 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 CCHM as we explore Clark County Stories at the following events below:


Community History Conversations

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

  • Migration Stories: Saturday, May 26 from 1 – 4 pm at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, 98660, Columbia Room
  • Sharing Our Stories: Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, 98686

Summer Story Workshops

Turn your stories into written records for posterity. Each story workshops will be held on a Saturday from 1:00-2:30 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum.

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

Clark County Stories Exhibit Opening Reception

  • Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm at the Clark County Historical Museum 

For more information: contact us or call (360) 993-5679.

Sponsored by: CCHM, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Humanities Washington “Washington Stories” Grant, Peabody’s College of Arts and Sciences Meyer Distinguished Professor Fellowship, Washington State University Vancouver, and Washington State University History Department’s Pettyjohn Fund.

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