Last updated: 12/19/2012
Vancouver, Washington
Address
1511 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
phone: 360-993-5679
e-mail: info@cchmuseum.org
web: www.cchmuseum.org
Hours
First Thursday Evenings 5-9 PM (February - November)
Tuesday - Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
Also additional special events.
Admissions
Adults: $4
Seniors: $3
Active Duty Personnel and their families (with ID): Free
Current members of CCHS: free
College Students (): $3
Children (6-18): $2
Children under 5: Free
Current members of museums in NARM: Free
Family of four: $10
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Susan MG Tissot, Executive Director
phone: 360-993-5679
Karen Washabaugh, Visitor Services Coordinator
phone: 360-993-5679
Kris Wells, Collections Manager
phone: 360-993-5679
Brad Richardson, Visitor Services Coordinator
phone: 360-993-5679
Celeste Fleming, Visitor Services Assistant
phone: 360-993-5679
Description

The Clark County Historical Museum is housed in Vancouver Washington's 1909 Carnegie Library building. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is home to four exhibit galleries that feature a dynamic series of exhibits that change throughout the year. The museum also has a research library and is home to The Brautigan Library collection. The museum collection ranges in date from 1200 AD to 1980.

The museum hosts an annual First Thursday Museum After Hours Lecture Series, a spring/summer historic walking tour program, seasonal haunted walking tour program, annual Harvest Fun Day event, as well as other special events throughout the year. A calendar of events and exhibits calendar are posted on the museum's website. The museum also has digitized a number of its resources which are available via the museum website.

Mission

The Clark County Historical Society/Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the cultural history of Clark County and the Pacific Northwest, and to sponsoring educational programs and exhibits for the enrichment of all members of the public.

History

The Clark County Historical Society (CCHS) originated in 1917 and was legally incorporated on March 29, 1940; the CCHS is a non-profit 501 c (3) corporation. The CCHS is the governing body for the Clark County Historical Museum. The museum opened on May 24, 1964. The CCHS operates the museum in partnership with Clark County and the City of Vancouver. The museum also has a strong partnership with Washington State University Vancouver's History Department, Library, and Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. The CCHS raises 71% of the museums annual operating budget via private contributions and earned income.

Artifact Collections

Broad based collection ranging from 1200 AD to 1980.

Research Collections

15,000 Image collection, maps, documents, primary source documents, 5,000 books, some historic archaeological material.

Educational Programs

Gallery tours, lectures, teacher workshops, Teaching America's History Program partner, online teacher resources, Artifact Detectives program for classroom use. See Artifact Detectives on YouTube.

Facilities

Small, compact space of 10,000 sg ft.

Lecture Halls

Governance

13 member Board of Directors, reports also to the City of Vancouver and the Clark County Board of Commissioners.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

Publications

Newsletter, electronic newsletter, Annual history publication entitled, Clark County History (since 1960), four books.

  • Clark County History
  • Woven History: Native American Basketry
  • 12 Days in Clark County
  • Darkness Next Door
  • ADA

    The museum has an accessible entrance via the 16th street entrance (elevator). Street parking is available and includes ADA parking stalls.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Historic Photo reproduction service, walking tours, research services available, museum store, group tours.

    Museum Store

    The Museum Store carries a wide selection of books and a variety of Pacific Northwest art, jewelry and gifts related to our public programs. We also feature jewelry and art by local artists.

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Group Tours

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