Clark County Historical Museum Celebrates Winnings


DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER – The Clark County Historical Museum ended a successful 2021 by announcing that it had helped put a seventh local structure on the Clark County Heritage Register. On November 3, the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the museum’s nomination of the Ryan-Elliot House in the Hough neighborhood to the Clark County Heritage Register.

Last year, the museum also received the Washington Museum Association’s Excellence in Exhibits Award for “Her (Story): Founders, Leaders, and Visionaries.” This is the second consecutive year that the museum has won this award. Additionally, executive director Brad Richardson was named vice president of the museum association and received the David Douglas Award from the Washington State Historical Society.

Other highlights:

  • In partnership with the Downtown Camas Association and Clark County, three new interpretive signs were installed.
  • Museum staff worked with C-Tran to produce an exhibit on the 40th anniversary of the public transit system, which opened at the Vancouver Community Library in July.
  • The Southwest Washington Contractors Association brought the museum in to produce its 75th anniversary exhibit for a December celebration at Ilani.
  • The City of Vancouver has used the interpretive skills of the CMHC to produce three new historic signs for Vancouver sites. The panels will be installed later this year.

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Patrick F. Williams