Clark County Historical Museum

First Thursday at CCHM “Chinook People: Persistence for Survival”

The Clark County Historical Museum invites you to join them in welcoming Chinook Nation Vice Chairman Sam Robinson for a special First Thursday Museum After Hours event on Thursday, Nov. 2. In his presentation, “Persistence for Survival—Chinook People, Past and Present,” Robinson will discuss the history of the Chinook Nation’s existence and relationship to the United States from contact to the continuing struggle for Federal status.

First Thursday lectures at the museum run from February to November. On the first Thursday of every month during that period, the museum is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Museum members get in free; otherwise, regular admission rates apply unless noted otherwise. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.

First Thursday at the museum is also a great time to see the CCHM’s current exhibits, like “ALL ABOARD! Clark County Rides the Rails,” “Food for Thought – Clark County’s Food History,” and “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America.” To learn more, Call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

First Thursday at the Museum: Chinook Nation, Past & Present

The Clark County Historical Museum invites you to join them in welcoming Chinook Nation Vice Chairman Sam Robinson for a special First Thursday Museum After Hours event on Thursday, Nov. 2. In his presentation, “Persistence for Survival – Chinook People Past & Present,” Robinson will discuss the history of the Chinook Nation’s existence and relationship to the United States from contact to the continuing struggle for Federal status.

First Thursday lectures at the museum run from February to November. On the first Thursday of every month during that period, the museum is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Museum members get in free; otherwise, regular admission rates apply unless noted otherwise. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership.

First Thursday at the museum is also a great time to see the CCHM’s current exhibits, like “ALL ABOARD! Clark County Rides the Rails,” “Food for Thought – Clark County’s Food History,” and “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America.” To learn more, Call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Haunted Walking Tours

Spend an evening on Vancouver’s haunted side when you take one of the Clark County Historical Museum‘s Haunted Walking Tours. This incredibly popular series, which is celebrating its 6th annual season, will be held every Friday and Saturday in October, starting Friday, Oct. 6. The spooktacular trips begin at 8 p.m. on each scheduled tour day and will meet at the museum, 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $12 per person for the public and $10 for CCHM members. (Not a member? No problem! Call 360-993-5679.)

Centering on the strange and peculiar, the CCHM’s haunted excursions blend local myths, oral histories, and research on Vancouver’s sometimes sordid past. Buildings contain secrets, and CCHM tour guides will shine the light into their darkness. (The museum itself plays a role in several accounts of mysterious activities occurring in the research library.) All tours cover the same route. Afterward, tourtakers are free to explore downtown Vancouver’s eateries, taprooms, brewpubs, and cocktail lounges on their own (if they dare).

The tours are just right for curious people ages 13 years and older, and everyone should bring a flashlight and be prepared for some of the most authentic thrills around. Reservations are limited, go quickly, and pre-payment is required. Call the museum at 360-993-5679 or sign up by emailing the museum at info@cchmuseum.org.

Above image: the entrance to The Academy, one of Vancouver’s most haunted places

 

Haunted Washington with Jeff Davis

 The Clark County Historical Museum‘s First Thursday event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, features historian and paranormal investigator Jeff Davis, who will discuss his passion for researching and writing books on the paranormal. Over the past 15 years, Davis has written or contributed to a dozen books on ghosts and other odd and unusual happening in the Pacific Northwest. Some of Davis’ books include Weird Washington, Weird Oregon, Ghosts, Critters, and Sacred Places of Washington and Oregon, and A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest.

Davis, born in Vancouver, spent 32 years in the US Army and Army Reserves. Highlights of his career include the years he spent in the infantry, and later deployments to Bosnia, two mobilizations to Southwest Asia, and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. During these deployments, Davis worked on missions as diverse as putting on puppet shows for orphans to interviewing service members as a military historian. Davis also has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in archaeology, and worked as a field archaeologist throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has written several articles and books on both military history and archaeology.

The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. For more information, call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org, or visit www.cchmuseum.org. If this is a subject you find interesting, you might also want to sign up for one the museum’s Haunted Walking Tours, held every Friday and Saturday throughout October.

Above image: a headstone in the Black Diamond Cemetery, just east of Auburn, said to be one of the most haunted spots in Washington.

CCHM First Thursday After Hours: Field Trip to Columbia Springs

Join guides from the Clark County Historical Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, for a special First Thursday Museum After Hours event: a field trip to Columbia Springs, the historic fish hatchery and environmental education center located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. in Vancouver. Guests will learn about this great local organization and tour its beautiful grounds.

Columbia Springs is a nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. They envision a community which values the environment and does what it can to protect it for future generations. With over 100 acres of natural parkland, it’s open to the public for free, every day from dawn to dusk.

The historic site is the current home of the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife.

This event is free! For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

Museum Field Trip: Columbia Springs

Join guides from the Clark County Historical Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, for a special First Thursday Museum After Hours event: a field trip to Columbia Springs, the historic fish hatchery and environmental education center located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. in Vancouver. Guests will learn about this great local organization and tour its beautiful grounds.

Columbia Springs is a nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. They envision a community which values the environment and does what it can to protect it for future generations. With over 100 acres of natural parkland, it’s open to the public for free, every day from dawn to dusk.

The historic site is the current home of the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife.

This event is free! For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

Above image: historic buildings at Columbia Springs and part of the trout hatchery.

Burgerville’s Chairman Tom Mears Discusses “Serve with Love” at CCHM After Hours Event

UPDATE: Due to the extreme heat, and the fact that the CCHM doesn’t have fully functioning air conditioning, this event has been cancelled for the time being. Check the museum’s Facebook page for updates.

Come to the Clark County Historical Museum on Thursday, Aug. 3, for the next Museum After Hours event: a discussion of the book “Serve with Love” by Tom Mears, Chairman of Burgerville.

When Jacob Propstra sailed to America from the Netherlands in 1914, he had no idea his humble creamery would one day inspire the Pacific Northwest institution we now know as Burgerville. After one particularly disastrous beach retreat, Tom Mears, CEO, knew the company’s mission was in trouble. In Serve with Love, Mears writes about the critical decisions Burgerville’s team took to build this mission-led business, and a number of the mistakes they made along the way.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or at 360-993-5679.

“Serve with Love” at Museum After Hours

UPDATE: Due to the extreme heat, and the fact that the CCHM doesn’t have fully functioning air conditioning, this event has been cancelled for the time being. Check the museum’s Facebook page for updates.

Come to the Clark County Historical Museum on Thursday, Aug. 3, for the next Museum After Hours event: a discussion of the book “Serve with Love” by Tom Mears, Chairman of Burgerville.

When Jacob Propstra sailed to America from the Netherlands in 1914, he had no idea his humble creamery would one day inspire the Pacific Northwest institution we now know as Burgerville. After one particularly disastrous beach retreat, Tom Mears, CEO, knew the company’s mission was in trouble. In Serve with Love, Mears writes about the critical decisions Burgerville’s team took to build this mission-led business, and a number of the mistakes they made along the way.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the discussion will start at 7 pm. The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or at 360-993-5679.

Above image: a delicious, sweet, cool, creamy Oregon marionberry milkshake…drool…

History Town Hall for Amboy & Yacolt

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments they feel embody the spirit of Yacolt and Amboy history. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Yacolt and Amboy will examine the cities’ place in Clark County history and share stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on programs and exhibitions.

The North Clark Historical Museum is located at 21416 N.E. 399th St. in Amboy. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. To learn more about upcoming programs and exhibits at the museum, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

History Town Hall for Amboy & Yacolt

Join the Clark County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at the North Clark Historical Museum in Amboy for the next installment of a series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage. This next town hall meeting will focus on Yacolt and Amboy.

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments they feel embody the spirit of Yacolt and Amboy history. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Yacolt and Amboy will examine the cities’ place in Clark County history and share stories about their history and home.

These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on programs and exhibitions.

The North Clark Historical Museum is located at 21416 N.E. 399th St. in Amboy. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. To learn more about upcoming programs and exhibits at the museum, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Above image: the old Lewis Hotel in Yacolt, date unknown

First Thursday at CCHM: Emergency!

Join other history buffs the Clark County Historical Museum on Thursday, July 6, for the next Museum After Hours event: a discussion of the Vancouver Barracks Military Association’s restoration of a M1917 Army Ambulance.

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association is planning to construct a replica of a U.S. Army M1917 Ambulance for use as a working interpretive display, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of World War I. This ambulance would be driven in parades, or set up in reenactment or museum-type displays, with Vancouver Barracks Military Association members acting as interpreters of the history of World War I, both in the United States and Europe.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow guests time to peruse the CCHM’s many exhibits, and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

The Clark County Historical Society and Museum is committed to responsible collections stewardship, innovative collaboration and inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage the community in an exploration of Clark County’s past, present, and future. The museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

First Thursday at the Museum: Emergency!

Join other history buffs the Clark County Historical Museum on Thursday, July 6, for the next Museum After Hours event: a discussion of the Vancouver Barracks Military Association’s restoration of a M1917 Army Ambulance.

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association is planning to construct a replica of a U.S. Army M1917 Ambulance for use as a working interpretive display, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of World War I. This ambulance would be driven in parades, or set up in reenactment or museum-type displays, with Vancouver Barracks Military Association members acting as interpreters of the history of World War I, both in the United States and Europe.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow guests time to peruse the CCHM’s many exhibits, and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

The Clark County Historical Society and Museum is committed to responsible collections stewardship, innovative collaboration and inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage the community in an exploration of Clark County’s past, present, and future. The museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

 

 

CCHM Walking Tours

Clark County Historical Museum‘s Summer Walking Tour Series got underway on June 2, but there are still many opportunities to “take a walk through history” this summer. The guided, historian-led tours happen every Friday at noon and Saturday at 9 am through July 29.

This year, CCHM will offer nine different tours. This year’s remaining tours feature the following areas: Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, Lincoln Neighborhood, and Historic Downtown Ridgefield. You can view the entire tour schedule by clicking here. The next two tours are Esther Short on Friday, June 16, and Shumway on Saturday, June 17.

Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Visit www.cchmuseum.org to see the official tour schedule and more details. For more information call 360-993-5679 or email info@cchmuseum.org. Below is the tour flyer with all tours and their specific dates.

The Clark County Historical Society and Museum is committed to responsible collections stewardship, innovative collaboration and inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage the community in an exploration of Clark County’s past, present, and future. The museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver.

Above image: the bell tower in Esther Short Park

History Town Hall in Vancouver

Join the Clark County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at its downtown Vancouver location for the next installment in its series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage. These town halls, held in the different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation in future exhibits. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibitions.

The evening will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of community historians. Each panelist will delve into the historical people, places, or moments he or she feels embodies the spirit of Vancouver history. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow. During that time, the community historians and citizens of Vancouver will examine the city’s place in Clark County history and along the way tell many great stories about their history and home.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679. The Clark County Historical Society and Museum is committed to responsible collections stewardship, innovative collaboration and inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage the community in an exploration of Clark County’s past, present and future. The museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Books & Bottles Sale at the Clark County Historical Musueum

A massive Books & Bottles Sale will be held at the Clark County Historical Museum during downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5. The museum will be selling thousands of books, many of which are quite old and certainly unique. They will also have a collection of historic glass bottles for sale, recently unearthed in our beautiful city. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. As always, museum admission is waived for First Fridays, but donations are greatly appreciated.

So, while you’re strolling around the Couve and appreciating some art, why not stop in an appreciate a little history? Come find a historic Vancouver glass treasure to bring home, or decorate your bookshelf with a you-never-know-what-you’ll-find book sale. Fill a book box for only $5! For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or info@cchmuseum.org. To learn more about exhibits and events at the museum, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Books & Bottles Sale at the Museum

A massive Books & Bottles Sale will be held at the Clark County Historical Museum during downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5. The museum will be selling thousands of books, many of which are quite old and certainly unique. They will also have a collection of historic glass bottles for sale, recently unearthed in our beautiful city. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. As always, museum admission is waived for First Fridays, but donations are greatly appreciated.

So, while you’re strolling around the Couve and appreciating some art, why not stop in an appreciate a little history? Come find a historic Vancouver glass treasure to bring home, or decorate your bookshelf with a you-never-know-what-you’ll-find book sale. Fill a book box for only $5! For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or info@cchmuseum.org. To learn more about exhibits and events at the museum, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

First Thursday at the Museum: Vanport

Come to the Clark County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. on First Thursday, May 4, for a discussion of Vanport with local author Zita Podany. Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland and Vancouver, Vanport was a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time—but on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Longtime Portland resident Zita Podany has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs, and you can hear her compelling presentation during this special First Thursday event.

This lecture is part of the Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday Museum After Hours Series. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so that you can spend some time looking at the museum’s new and continuing exhibits, and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

First Thursday at the Museum: Vanport

Come to the Clark County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. on First Thursday, May 4, for a discussion of Vanport with local author Zita Podany. Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland and Vancouver, Vanport was a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time—but on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Longtime Portland resident Zita Podany has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs, and you can hear her compelling presentation during this special First Thursday event.

This lecture is part of the Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday Museum After Hours Series. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and museum members are free. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so that you can spend some time looking at the museum’s new and continuing exhibits, and the discussion will start at 7 p.m. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.

First Friday Open Beading at the Museum

Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk is all about art…so why not make some of your own at the Clark County Historical Museum? The museum is hosting an evening of open beading—where anyone can bring his or her beadwork project and work on it with friends and other “bead-heads”—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Beaders need not stay for the whole four hours—just drop in whenever it’s convenient and BYOL (Bring Your Own Light) if you have it so you can see what you’re doing. The event is a social activity, and no instruction will be given; just free time and space to make some progress on your project and see what other people are making.

The beaders’ craftshop coincides with one of the museum’s current exhibits, Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America—so while you’re there, you’ll want to see some of the intricate, breathtakingly beautiful wearable art that the native peoples of the North Bank have been creating for centuries. Bonus: the regular admission fee is waived during First Friday (although donations are appreciated).

The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about First Fridays at the museum, visit http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/first-friday-at-the-museum/. For more general information about the Clark County Historical Museum, visit www.cchmuseum.org or call 360-993-5679.

First Thursday at CCHM: Meet Your Local History Detectives

The Clark County Historical Museum invites you to hear a special panel discussion featuring several authors involved in creating last year’s CCHM History Annual. This First Thursday Museum After Hours event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. The panel will be moderated by editor Martin Middlewood and will include authors Jan Anderson, Jeff Davis, Howard Gingold, Mike Kiersted, and Jim Pestillo.They will discuss the research process as well as the content of their articles. They might also give the audience a teaser about what they’re working on next!

This is a perfect time to enjoy the recently remodeled museum and see new exhibits—like “All Aboard! Clark County Rides the Rails”—as well as the continuing “Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History” and “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America” exhibits. Also, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the I-5 Bridge, the museum has brought back its “Bridging the Gap” exhibition.

All ages are welcome. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 6 p.m. so that you can snag a good seat and get a sneak peak at the museum’s renewed interior. For more event information and questions, including regular museum hours and admission prices, visit www.cchmuseum.org or contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or 360-993-5679.