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SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway

SP&S_Web Banner On Saturday, January 31, 2015, we unveiled our newest exhibit, SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway. This permanent interpretive display reaches beyond the walls of the Clark County Historical Museum and is housed in Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station).

This exhibit was made possible through years of work and generous support grants from the Transportation Enhancement Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

Families, travelers, train enthusiasts, and more will marvel at how our county was transformed by railroads over the past 200 years. From the dawn of the steam engine to how trains are the backbone our modern society, this slice of homegrown history is free to the public with plenty of parking.

All Aboard! Opening of SP&S: The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway

On Saturday, January 31, cchm053012015, from 10:00am to 11:00am we are unveiling our newest exhibit, The Northwest’s Own Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway. This permanent interpretive display will be housed at Vancouver’s 1909 Train Depot (Amtrak Station), and was generously supported by grants from the Transportation Enhancement Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

There will be a ribbon cutting at 10:00am by CCHM Executive Director Katie Anderson, Vancouver City Council Member Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a BNSF representative, retired SP&S engineer Harry Hendricks, exhibit designer Ed Austin, and Duane Cramer from the SP&S Historical Society. After the ceremony, there will be an opportunity for you to share your train related photos and memories. We encourage you to bring photographs and memories relating to the SP&S or other Clark County railroad history.

Families, travelers, train enthusiasts, and more will marvel at how our ccchm14279ounty was transformed by railroads over the past 200 years. From the dawn of the steam engine to how trains are the backbone our modern society, this slice of homegrown history is free to the public with plenty of parking.

Also, be sure to join us at the museum to see how the railroad, and their unions, played a pivotal role in employing our county’s citizens through our “Labor: A Working History” exhibit.

To get on track with all of our exhibits, please contact us through email or by phone at 360-993-5679. CCHM – Local history at your fingertips!

Road to Equality: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in the Northwest

This exhibit closed on February 2nd, 2012.

This new exhibit continues our recognition of the centennial of Washington State women gaining (and keeping) the right to vote in 1910. (Oregon women gained their right to vote in 1912.) This exhibit was made possible due to the generous support of Margaret Colf Hepola, The Vancouver Business Journal and The Columbian.

Exhibit Women VotingThe Clark County Historical Museum will open their newest exhibit, Road to Equality: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in the Northwest on Thursday, June 24, 2010 , with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m . This new exhibit continues our recognition of the centennial of Washington State women gaining (and keeping) the right to vote in 1910. (Oregon women gained their right to vote in 1912.) Reception attendees will have the opportunity to make their own political buttons about issues of personal interest and vote on the Equal Rights Amendment while mingling with some of Vancouver’s legendary ladies as played by the Vancouver Heritage Ambassadors. This exhibit will also launch the museum’s first use of the Guide by Cell program which enables museum visitors to access additional information throughout the exhibit by using their cell phones. The program will also enable visitors to provide the museum with feedback about this newly created exhibit. Light refreshments will be served; the reception is free and open to the public.

From the victory of the 19th Amendment to the struggle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, many women – and men as well – worked their entire adult lives to secure women’s rights. Today, in the Northwest and across the United States, women have made inroads into formerly male-dominated fields including politics and commerce, but it has been a long road and large disparities still remain. This exhibit will challenge as well as educate and entertain as you learn more about some of the Northwest’s heroines from pioneer times until today. Road to Equality will run through December 31, 2011. During the 18 month exhibition we will host a number of related public programs that will be held in conjunction with this exhibit so check in with museum staff or this website for upcoming details and scheduling information.

This exhibit was made possible due to the generous support of Margaret Colf Hepola, The Vancouver Business Journal and The Columbian.

 

Downloadable Paper Dolls (Pepper Kim, creator, CCHM Educational Advisory Committee Member)

Scavenger Hunt for the Road to Equality (Created by Legacy High School Teacher Pepper Kim)

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Putting People to Work: The WPA in Washington

Putting People to Work WPA
This exhibit was on display at the museum during 2010.

Franklin D. Roosevelt helped create a Democratic tidal wave that swept across Washington and the nation in 1932 during the depths of the Great Depression. He promised Americans a “New Deal.” After Roosevelt took office in March, 1933, each day brought dramatic new developments and agencies, including the Works Progress Administration, or WPA.

The New Deal in Washington took many forms, some as awesome as the Grand Coulee Dam, frequently described as “the biggest thing on earth.” The common thread running through many New Deal programs was jobs for the unemployed. Unemployed artists, laborers and researchers were all put back to work in their communities leaving behind a legacy of roads, bridges, murals and parks. Maria Pascualy, curator at the Washington State Historical Society, selected 30 photographic images from representative projects across the state and paired them with an essay by historian Carlos Schwantes. The Washington State Historical Society is a repository for the WPA Washington State photographic collection, the WPA Washington State Federal Writers Project manuscript Collection and the WPA king County Emergency Relief Administration Photographic Collection. This exhibit is from the Traveling Exhibit Service of the Washington State Historical Society.
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Reflections of Change: Memories of Mount St. Helens

Reflections of Change Memories of Mt. Saint HelensNote: This exhibit is now closed.

Reflections of Change: Memories of Mount St. Helens. Commemorating the 30 th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption that forever changed Clark County ‘s skyline… Sometimes life can change in a single instant. On May 18, 1980 , Mount St. Helens erupted with a level of violence that few had expected. Join us for an exhibit featuring personal accounts of those who lived, worked, and played in the shadow of the ice-cream-cone shaped mountain that will never be the same. Each of these accounts is a valuable piece of the story as a whole and together they give a more complete and personal look at the effects a natural disaster can have on the landscape.
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