Women’s History Month Luncheon

Note: This is a past event.

As our guest speaker at this year’s Women’s History Month Luncheon, Olympia author “Calamity” Jan Pierson brings us stories from “Prohibition, Prostitution and Presbyterian Pews”, the memoir of Robert W. Kennicott, who grew up in the early 1900s among the brothels and saloons along Chehalis’ Great Northern Railroad tracks. Join us at 11 am for a book-signing with the author, and then at 11:30 am for a catered luncheon, which will be followed by Jan’s talk.

Copies of “Prohibition, Prostitution and Presbyterian Pews” will be available in the museum store beginning in early February for those who want to get a head-start on the book!

About the book:

“Prohibition, Prostitution and Presbyterian Pews” is an outrageous, irreverent, heartwarming collection of memories and Washington state history. Robert W. Kennicott grew up next to the Great Northern Railroad tracks amidst the brothels and saloons of Chehalis and although his father, Dr. Guy William Kennicott, was one of Lewis County’s earliest doctors, young Robert was never spared the harsh realities of a rugged town caught between brothels and moonshine and loneliness. The Wobblies, Buffalo Bill, the Hatfield and McCoys and more set the stage for a young boy’s uneven journey growing up in a rugged logging community in the early 1900’s.

About the author:

Jan Pierson, a freelance writer and author of 11 books, holds a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the Evergreen State College and is a former writing instructor with the Institute of Children’s Literature. Two of her books have been published and translated in Europe. Her freelance articles have appeared in such magazines as Arizona Highways and American Style Magazine.


Tickets are $35 for current CCHS members and $40 for non-members and must be reserved in advance. Call (360) 993-5679 to reserve yours. Prepayment is required AFTER calling and reserving your tickets and can be done 1) via a check mailed to the museum at 1511 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660, 2) via cash or check in person at the same address, or 3) via the yellow Paypal ‘Donate’ button on our website (choose ‘Add special instructions to the seller’ and write ‘Women’s Luncheon’ in that field).


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