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A group of men stand outside of a pool hall in Ridgefield, Washington (1909)
A group of men stand outside of a pool hall in Ridgefield, Washington (1909)
CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series - Celebrate Main Street: Ridgefield (Photo) - 04/17/19

Vancouver, Wash. –  As part of Historic Preservation Month, Clark County Historical Museum is taking its First Thursday Speaker Series to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater on Thursday, May 2, for “Celebrate Main Street: Ridgefield.” This free event is part of the museum’s new initiative to celebrate the local businesses, architecture, and history along Clark County’s Main Streets and downtown areas. The event begins at 7 p.m.

“We are excited for the opportunity to hold this event during Historic Preservation Month at Ridgefield’s historic Old Liberty Theater,” said Brad Richardson, CCHM executive director and “Celebrate Main Street: Ridgefield” keynote speaker. “Downtown Ridgefield and its businesses have a long and storied history. We feel it’s important to discuss the stories of our communities at, or in, the places where they took place. It hearkens to the idea, ‘If these walls could talk.’ The Old Liberty Theater provides the perfect setting for this exploration and discussion.”

Originally called Union Ridge due to the large number of Union soldiers who came to the area after the Civil War, the town formally came into being at a special election held in 1909. The residents decided by a vote of 62-12 in favor of incorporation.

In that same year, the established businesses, as advertised in the Ridgefield Reflector, included general stores, a department store, lumber mills, a creamery, a meat market, a hotel, a barber shop, a water well contractor and driller, a boot and shoemaker, a boat builder, a blacksmith, a realtor, and a weaver.

“Today, the businesses in historic Downtown Ridgefield serve the community in a different way, but retain the spirit of those early days in 1909,” Richardson said.

Through the support of the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission, the CCHM is providing this talk at no charge to the public. "Celebrate Main Street: Ridgefield" is possible through partnerships with North Clark Historical Museum, La Center Historical Museum, the Ridgefield Main Street Program, and the Clark County Historical Museum.

“We are fortunate to have several strong history organizations in our North County," Richardson said, "and we are overjoyed to have this opportunity to partner for this important launch of celebrating Main Streets and downtown areas across the county.”

For more information, contact the CCHM at 360-993-5679 or by email at


JoAnn Dewey portrait
JoAnn Dewey portrait
History on Tap: Pat Jollota presents "The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington" (Photo) - 04/05/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Historical Museum will continue its “History on Tap” program at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, April 18, with historian Pat Jollota’s presentation of “The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

For the event, Jollota will present the details of the 1950 murder of JoAnn Dewey in downtown Vancouver, and the subsequent arrests and trial. This talk is based on Jollota’s newest true crime book, “The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington.”

“The story of JoAnn Dewey has fascinated me since I first read about it years and years ago,” Jollota said. “I heard urban legends, opinions, so many differing tales of what happened that spring night in 1950. It became evident that there were several stories: the people involved, the crime itself, the investigation, the trial, the political side story, the string of appeals, the Erle Stanley Gardner involvement. The challenge became that of braiding the stories together to tell the whole story. I needed to know the story, and I felt that the community would want to know it, too.”

The evening will also include a Clark County gameshow-style quiz featuring Noland Hoshino, Temple Lentz, and Jim Mains, who make up the cast of the local community talk show “Hello Vancouver!” Another segment, "Ask Pat," will feature Jollota’s answers to one question about local history, as selected from social media (#AskPat), email, or submitted through the museum.

Admission to “History on Tap” is $15 in advance, or $18 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Kiggins Theatre Box Office, the Clark County Historical Museum, or online at

Other topics for the 2019 program include “Stuff We Used to Believe” on July 18, which will explore once popular theories, beliefs, and ideas that have since been challenged or debunked, and “Campfire Tales: The haunting history of Clark County” on Oct. 17, during which local historians will recall their scariest Clark County ghost stories.

Audio support for “History on Tap” is provided by the Courtney Irvin Trust, and marketing support is provided by ZZoom Media. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Tap Takeover for the April 18 event is sponsored by Fortside Brewing Company.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or by email at