Margaret Colf Hepola Heritage Award
To recognize an individual for excellence and significant contributions to the field of history and/or historic preservation in our communities.
These contributions need to be of note and to have had a lasting impact within our communities.
Must be a resident of Clark County or the unincorporated areas OR they may live elsewhere as long as the impact is on the local communities.
Must be living – although the Board reserves the right to honor someone posthumously if appropriate circumstances merit the decision.
In 2006 the CCHS created the Margaret Colf Hepola Heritage Award, named after its first recipient. Past awards have been given to:
2013 – Robert Schimelpfenig, Vancouver, WA
2012 – Jean Norwood, Vancouver, WA
2007 – Rudy & Betty Mae Podhora, Vancouver, WA
2006 – Margaret Colf Hepola, Woodland, WA
Group Heritage Award
To recognize a group that has made significant contributions to maintaining the history and/or historic character of our communities, either through the preservation of a building, the creation of incentives for preservation, or work in recording the history; or a group that has made a significant impact on the history of our communities. Must be in Clark County – or connected to a project in those communities. Past recipients:
2013 – Kiggins Theatre renovation team – Dan Wyatt, Bill Leigh, Seanette Corkill, and Derek Chisholm
2012 – Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee
History Day Scholarship
In 2007 the CCHS awarded their first Richard A. Anderson Memorial History Day Scholarship. The award is given to a Clark County student who demonstrates the highest academic scholarship, understands the connection between the past and the present, and most clearly expresses the National History Day theme for that year. The award is given to help offset the student’s expenses when attending the state level competition.
The Richard A. Anderson Memorial History Day Scholarship has been awarded to:
2013 – Evan Alayan, Frontier Middle School, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA
2010 – Maggie Altenhof-Long, 8th grade, Wy’east Middle School, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA
2009 – Nicole Stohr, 8th grade, King’s Way Middle School, Vancouver, WA
2008 – Kim Lum, 7th grade, Wy’east Middle School, Evergreen School District Vancouver, WA
2007 – Yekaterina Drokin, 8th grade, Pleasant Valley Middle School, Battle Ground School District, Vancouver, WA
In 2008 the Richard A. Anderson Memorial History Day Scholarship program was expanded to also recognize a Clark County educator who best exemplifies the highest level of National History Day Leadership.
2013 – Rene Soohoo, Pleasant Valley Middle School, Battle Ground School District, Vancouver, WA
2010 – Michelle Annette, Wy’east Middle School, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA
2009 – Jim Sheppard, King’s Way Middle School, Vancouver, WA
2008 – Michelle Annette, Wy’east Middle School, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA
Volunteer of the Year
Each year the CCHM is given a large donation of personal time by individuals from our greater community. In 2013, dedicated citizens donated more than 2,800 hours to the museum! We can not achieve our mission without these valuable unpaid staff hours. In recognition of this great commitment the CCHS presents a Volunteer of the Year Award at our annual meeting in November. Award recipients are acknowledged on a special plaque (made and donated by a volunteer metal artist) proudly displayed in the museum lobby.
2013 Volunteer of the Year
At our November 21, 2013 Annual Membership Meeting CCHS Executive Director Susan Tissot announced that museum volunteer Ken Fry Sr. was our 2013 volunteer of the year. Ken has contributed hundreds of hours of research for the Walking Tours and for our exhibit Labor: A Working History.
Recent past recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award are:
2013 – Ken Fry Sr., Vancouver, WA
2012 – Howard Gingold, Vancouver, WA
2011 – John Kimbrough, Vancouver, WA
2010 – Pepper Kim, Vancouver, WA
2009 – Jane Leonard, Vancouver, WA
2008 – Larry Sickles, Vancouver, WA
2007 – Mary Grgich, Ridgefield, WA
2006 – Gail Becker, Vancouver, WA
2005 – Richard Reay, Vancouver, WA