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CCHM History on Tap: Stuff We Used to Believe - 07/09/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Historical Museum will continue its History on Tap program at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, July 18, with “Stuff We Used to Believe: Strange Stories from our Past.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

For the event, CCHM Executive Director Brad Richardson will explore once popular theories, beliefs, and ideas that have since been challenged or debunked. Presented in the style of a late-night comedy newscast, topics will include the truth behind Benjamin Franklin’s “discovery” of electricity, the histories of bizarre medical treatments, and local folklore.

“We’re taking this opportunity to have fun with a situation that historians face every day – the lines between myth and reality,” said Richardson. “We often find ourselves hearing and passing along stories, but rarely questioning their accuracy.”

The evening will also include a game show-style segment in which three members of the audience will be invited on stage to answer a series of historical questions about Clark County and beyond. Another segment, "Ask Pat," will feature local historian Pat Jollota’s answer 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

The 2019 History on Tap program will conclude on Oct. 17 with “Campfire Tales: The Haunting History of Clark County,” 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 ZZeppelin. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Tap Takeover for the July 18 event is sponsored by 54-40 Brewing Company.

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


Photo courtesy of Sam Robinson
Photo courtesy of Sam Robinson
CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series: Canoe Life and Lords of the Inland Waters (Photo) - 07/02/19

Clark County Historical Museum will continue its 2019 First Thursday Speaker Series on Thursday, July 11, with “Canoe Life: Traveling with Our Ancestors” and “Lords of the Inland Waters.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

These joint presentations will explore the relationships that Southwest Washington Native American Nations have had, and continue to have, with the region’s rivers and waterways. The evening’s featured presenters will be Tanna Engdahl, Cowlitz Tribe Spiritual Leader, and Sam Robinson, Chinook Indian Nation Vice Chairman.

“Centuries before European arrival, the Cowlitz designed and created the perfect river transporter: cruiser and freighter rolled into one," said Engdahl, whose presentation is titled "Lords of the Inland Waters.”

Robinson’s presentation, “Canoe Life: Traveling with Our Ancestors,” will recount his experiences in the canoe, including ceremonies and tribal stories.

“Our ancestors had relationships with people all along as they put out of the mouth of the Columbia River and they would head north and south,” Robinson said. “And it is all-important for us Chinook people to travel on these journeys…because you are keeping those relationships.”

CCHM is honored to have members of Southwest Washington Native American Nations present this event and share this window into Southwest Washington’s past with the community.

The CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free with a CCHM membership. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

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