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Bridging the Gap: the History of the Interstate Bridge

This exhibit opened February 3rd, 2011 and closed on October 29th, 2011.

This exhibit features the subject of much local debate: the Interstate-5 bridge that spans the Columbia River from downtown Vancouver to Jantzen Beach. We created this exhibit in order to provide context for the current bridge debate by showing how the bridge was begun and how it has changed since the idea was first conceived over a century ago.

Although this exhibit is no longer on display at the museum, it will be on special exhibit on Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, at the Palmer-Wirfs Antique and Collectible Show at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington!

The Interstate Bridge is also the subject of a featured article in our 2010 Clark County History Annual, available now at the museum! Call us at (360) 993-5679 or send an email to info@cchmuseum.org for more information.


Picture Clark County

Note: This exhibit is now closed.

Picture Clark County featured 32 selected reprints from the digital photographic collections of Clark County Historical Museum, along with several antique cameras from the curator’s private collection.

Exhibit Picture Clark County Children

A Curator’s Talk, featuring co-curators Jeannette Altman and Robert Schimelpfenig as well as Susan Tissot, executive director of the Clark County Historical Museum, was held in the WSU Vancouver Library on January 14, 2011.


Boomer! generation speaks

Boomer! generation speaksNote: This exhibit is now closed.

The baby boom generation has never been shy about telling the world what’s on its mind. Clark County Historical Museum has extended the run of its Boomer! exhibit through 2009 due to baby boomer demand. “Baby boomer” is a term commonly used to describe the 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964. The Boomer! exhibit, exploring the ways the baby boom generation transformed American culture, places particular emphasis on Southwest Washington. The exhibit originally was scheduled to close at the end of April 2009. It now will run through the end of 2009.

Catharine Paine Blaine: Seneca Falls and The Women’s Rights Movement in the State of Washington

Women's Rights MovementNote: This exhibit is now closed.

Catharine Paine Blaine: Seneca Falls and The Women’s Rights Movement in the State of Washington is a traveling exhibit that celebrates the 2010 Washington Women’s Suffrage Centennial through an exploration of the effect of settlers’ reform ideas on the development of women’s rights in Washington State. Washington was an early leader in women’s suffrage and passed a voting law 10 years before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Catharine Paine Blaine and her husband, David E. Blaine, were the first Methodist missionary couple in Seattle in 1853. Blaine, one of the 100 signers of the Declaration of Sentiments at the July 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., had strong views about women’s rights. Blaine voted in Washington long before the women of her native New York State gained that right. The exhibit includes a timeline of the movement to win women’s suffrage in the State of Washington.

The exhibit, which runs through the end of the year, is a joint project of Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and the Washington State Historical Society.

The exhibit opens on the same evening as July’s First Thursday Museum After Hours speaker Linda Chalker-Scott discusses most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Chalker-Scott is a Washington State University professor and Master Gardener Program curriculum director. Chalker-Scott wrote The Informed Gardener and will sign copies of her book. The museum is open for free 5 to 9 p.m. on First Thursday evenings. Lectures begin at 7 p.m.


Key Ingredients: America By Food

Key Ingredients America By Food 01Note: This exhibit is now closed.

The Clark County Historical Museum, VANCOUVER, in cooperation with Humanities Washington, will host the local showing of Key Ingredients: America By Food, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition which delves into the historical, regional and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations of the American table. The exhibition will be on view beginning July 26, 2008 from 3-5 PM and continuing through September 14, 2008 and will give the Clark County Historical Museum an opportunity to celebrate the region’s food heritage. The Bank of Clark County and The Columbian are the local sponsors helping to bring the exhibit to Clark County.

The Clark County Historical Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by Humanities Washington and the Smithsonian Institution to host Key Ingredients as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour 10 communities in Washington State during 2008-2009.

Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, Key Ingredients examines how culture, ethnicity, landscape and tradition influence the foods and flavors we enjoy across the nation. The exhibition looks at the evolution of the American kitchen and how food industries have responded to the technological innovations that have enabled Americans to choose an ever-wider variety of frozen, prepared and fresh foods.

An interactive website, www.keyingredients.org, has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition. The site invites people across the country to share their family recipes and food stories, learn about other food traditions and identify favorite small town eateries.

“We are very pleased to bring Key Ingredients to our area,” said Susan Tissot, Executive Director, Clark County Historical Society & Museum. “We hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of Humanities Washington,” said Ellen Terry, Director of Grants and Exhibits. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Clark County Historical Museum to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” Such events include:

  • July 26, 2008, 3-5 PM opening reception (free and open to the public) which includes a street fair on 16th street between Main and Broadway that features local restaurants and other food related organizations with festivals. The exhibit opening also includes the kick off of a Classic Cook Book Sale which includes gently used cook books for sale.
  • English Estates Winery, Vancouver, WA is releasing a special label wine that features the historic 1909 Carnegie Library building that houses the Clark County Historical Museum on the label as a fundraiser for the museum. The Pinot is $24.00/bottle (includes sales tax) and for every bottle sold, EEW will donate $4 to the museum.
  • August 11, 2008 at 12 noon special luncheon honoring the forgotten women of the schools, the Lunch Ladies.
  • August 21, 2008 7 PM lecture by Dr. Candice Goucher, History professor at Washington State University Vancouver, Food for All Ages: What the Meals We Feed Our Children Reveal About Washington State History.
  • September 4, 2008 at 7 PM lecture by local Chef Aaron Chapin, Culinary Footprints of Clark County.
  • September 27, 2008, 10 am – 4 PM Clark County Historical Museum’s fifth annual Harvest Fun Day. Free, family oriented even

Key Ingredients is part of Museum on Main Street (MOMS), a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Key Ingredients and other MOMS exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local support to bring Key Ingredients to Clark County is provided by the Bank of Clark County and The Columbian.