Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place

          Grab a snack, don a smile, and get to know one another – join the Clark County Historical Museum for community history conversations. These conversations are part of the series, Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place.

          Whether you have lived in Clark County all your life or arrived more recently, you are invited to come meet your neighbors, share how you and your family came to the area, and discuss changes that are happening all around us.

          Participants will visit in facilitated small groups and come together in a larger group to explore our shared history.

          Recognizing a growing gulf of understanding between recent arrivals and Clark County residents with deeper historical roots, Washington State University Vancouver professors, Sue Peabody and Donna Sinclair, in collaboration with CCHM and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, began a series of community conversations to identify bearers of these stories of change, foster community dialogue, and facilitate mutual understanding.

          Given that the population of Clark County has more than doubled in the past three decades (from 221,654 to nearly 500,000 in 2017) and more than half (54 percent) of the current residents being born in another state or country, they got to thinking: “How did all these people come to Clark County?” and “How is Clark County changing in response to this growth?”

          Born out of those questions, “The theme — How We Came to This Place — is both literal and metaphorical,” says Sinclair. “We are looking at stories of migration: how residents and their ancestors arrived here. But, we are also interested in exploring together the historical question: how is `this place’ the result of historical forces, both local and global?”

          Adds Peabody: “Each of us has a story about how we came here. Each of us can see the rapid development and changes in our communities. These facilitated conversations are designed to help us explore our connections to Clark County and our shared recent history. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and share what’s on your mind.”

          Upcoming events are scheduled for:

          March 3, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, How We Came to North Clark County, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA 98604

          May 26, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Migration Stories, Vancouver Community Library – Columbia Room, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 (ASL Language Accessible)

          October 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Sharing Our Stories, WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686 (ASL Language Accessible)

          For more information, visit the Clark County Historical Museum online.


          This post: was originally featured on Clark County Live!

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