First Thursday Museum After Hours


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Join us for First Thursday lectures at the museum! February to November the museum is open from 5 to 9 p.m. for our First Thursday Lecture Series. CCHS members get in free; otherwise, regular admission rates apply. Lectures begin at 7 p.m.


The 2014 First Thursday Museum After Hours Lecture Series program is sponsored by the Clark County Historical Preservation Commission and Applied Archaeological Research.  Big thank you to the Grant House for providing refreshments!


Peg Willis_rAugust 7th at 7:00pm Peg Willis will discuss her new book Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said it Couldn’t be Done.

An artist’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare….When nine-hundred-foot ice age floods carved the Columbia River Gorge through the Cascade Mountains to the sea, little space was left for man to form a highway of his own. It took an artist-poet-engineer extraordinaire to conquer this reluctant piece of real estate and produce the nation’s first scenic highway.

Meet Sam Hill, the mover and shaker, and Samuel Lancaster, the polio survivor, who turned modern engineering on its ear to create a “poem in stone.” Today, Oregon’s historic Columbia River Highway is hidden among the trees, where it meanders past spectacular waterfalls and dramatic views. Ride along with Peg Willis as she explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.


IMG_2583 Candice2September 4th at 7:00pm Candice Goucher will discuss how the food on our plates has changed over the centuries. Discovering the past of ordinary people can be as simple as eating one meal at a time.  Every bite we take offers a taste of local and world history.