First Thursday Museum After Hours


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NEW! Podcasts of past First Thursday lectures are now available here!

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!


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.

Candice’s lecture will be paired with the opening of our newest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History.

Click here for more information about Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History.


smfountainWOctober 2nd at 7:00pm Dr. Steven M. Fountain presents “Fishing with Pitchforks: An Environmental History of Salmon Creek.” Learn about the ways that Salmon Creek and its surrounding watershed make it an ideal place to explore several of our region’s biggest issues.

Extending from rural forest lands through urbanized areas to Lake River, and ultimately, the lower Columbia, Salmon Creek is central to both the history of and environmental changes in Clark County. Salmon recovery, clean water, land use, invasive species, and the fine art of fishing with pitchforks are all part of the complex story of this place. Taking a long view of changes from the nineteenth century through current efforts to restore riparian habitat, Fountain explores both cautionary tales and success stories of the interactions of land, water, and community.

Dr. Fountain teaches courses in early American, Native American, and environmental history at Washington State University-Vancouver where he is currently a University Diversity Council Faculty Fellow. His research ranges across several related topics, including the historical impacts of animals, the interaction of competing European empires and Native Americans, and the dynamics of the fur trade in the Far West. He has two forthcoming books; one is on the environmental and cultural impact of horses in Native American culture and the other is a history of wild horse management. His current project examines the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade and indigenous resource use. A Board Member of the Salmon Creek Watershed Council, he lives and works in the Salmon Creek watershed.


IMG_0859November 6th at 7:00pm Martin Middlewood discusses “The Ku Klux Klan in Southwest Washington.” He will be exploring the stories and secrets behind the Klan in Clark County during the 1920s. Much of this history is lost or hidden in old newspapers and must be teased out bit by bit. You will learn a secret side of the region’s past you probably didn’t know about.

As freelancer for more than 20 years, Martin Middlewood writes about technology, energy, the environment, and healthcare for newspapers, trade and technology magazines. He’s a board member of the Institute for Science Engineering and Public Policy and a past workshop leader for Write Around Portland. He has a Master’s Degree from EasternWashingtonUniversity in Professional and Technical Writing and has done graduate work in American History. He lives in Vancouver.