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CCHM Haunted Walking Tours Return: Take a Walk Through the Strange and Unexplained (Photo) - 07/17/24

Vancouver, WA – Are you curious to hear tales of what haunts the buildings and streets of Downtown Vancouver? Interested in the strange and peculiar side of our local history? Then join us as we take an excursion through Clark County’s haunted history. Weekends in September and October, guides from the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will lead inquiring minds to the answers. Join them on walking tours along Main Street and beyond to uncover the unexplained in this historic city.

CCHM Downtown Vancouver Haunted Tours

Fridays and Saturdays in September thru October at 7:00 PM (No tour September 27-28)

Clark County Historical Museum – 1511 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98661

A mix of stories, memories, research, and personal experiences, these tours are a fascinating glimpse through the darker side of history. Many of our tales of history and terror are drawn from the book Darkness Next Door, penned by Clark County historian, Pat Jollota, and research by Jeff Davis. They begin at 7:00 PM most nights, and guides will lead up to 25 people for approximately a mile, while making frequent stops along the way. General admission tickets are $20.00 per person and CCHM Members are $15.00.

All are welcome on the tours, though they are best suited for those 10 years and older. Tickets are required for all people attending over the age of six. In addition, tours happen rain or shine, so CCHM encourages guests to bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. (Costumes appreciated.)

Tickets presales for CCHM Members only begin August 1st. Ticket sales open to the public beginning August 7th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Dates sell out quickly. Don’t wait!

CCHM’s Haunted Walking Tours is an annual and popular series that supports the museum’s mission to gather, save, and share Clark County history. The 2024 Haunted Walking Tour season is presented by Heritage Bank and is sponsored by Squires Electric.

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


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CCHM Speaker Series Presents "Stomp and Shout: The Untold Story of Northwest Rock & Roll" (Photo) - 07/11/24

Vancouver, WA – Clark County Historical Museum, Fourth Plain Forward, and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging in-person conversation with Peter Blecha, a member of the 2024-2025 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, on Thursday, August 1, 2024. This month’s CCHM Speaker Series presentation will take place at Fourth Plain Commons (3101 E 4th Plain Blvd Ste.101, Vancouver, WA 98661.) 

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentation begins at 7:00 pm.

Northwest Rock & Roll’s historical highpoints are well documented—in the late 20th century, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and other grunge gods took the world by storm. Previously, Seattle’s Queensrÿche and Heart had ruled the heavy metal realm. And prior to that, The Wailers, The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and The Sonics had all fueled local teen dances with garage-rock versions of the region’s signature song, “Louie Louie.” 

Yet these iconic bands are only half the story. In this talk, join author Peter Blecha to discover the lesser-known but vitally important bands and scenes that laid the foundation for what was to come—finally connecting all the dots between the fabled Northwest era of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Jimmy Hendrix, and the R&B-spiked roots of a distinct regional artform: the “Original Northwest Sound.” 

Peter Blecha (he/him) is the director of the Northwest Music Archives, an award-winning author, a founding curator at MoPop, and a longtime staff historian at Blecha’s newest book, Stomp and Shout: R&B and the Origins of Northwest Rock and Roll, draws on his deep knowledge as a leading expert on Pacific Northwest music history to chronicle both well-known and overlooked icons of the early Northwest Sound.

At a Glance

Who: Peter Blecha

What: Stomp and Shout: The Untold Story of Northwest Rock & Roll

When: Thursday, August 1, 2024 @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: Fourth Plain Community Commons (3101 E 4th Plain Blvd Ste.101, Vancouver, WA 98661)

The CCHM Speaker Series season is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. This month’s presentation is co-hosted with Fourth Plain Forward and brought to you by Humanities Washington. Admission is free and open to all. 

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

About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening minds and bridging divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

About the Speakers Bureau Program
In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between.

Their roster of over 30 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Find a Speakers Bureau event near you.

To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, Humanities Washington partners with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, community centers, and civic organizations. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are encouraged to host a speaker.

The Speakers Bureau program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

About Clark County Historical Society and Museum

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. Our purpose is to share an understanding of the past that will help to build a better future for generations to come.

About Fourth Plain Forward

Fourth Plain Forward is a place-based 501c3 nonprofit organization in central Vancouver focused on the Fourth Plain Corridor. 

We are committed to uplifting Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, alongside those facing resource limitations and exclusion from mainstream services.