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CCHM History on Tap: The haunting history of Clark County - 09/26/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Historical Museum will conclude its 2019 History on Tap program at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 17, with “Campfire Tales: The haunting history of Clark County.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

Presented by local historians Pat Jollota, Brad Richardson, and Jeff Davis, this talk will explore the modern folklore of Clark County through historical interpretations, personal stories, folktales, and various haunting accounts drawn from Jollota’s book, “Darkness Next Door.”

“It’s always exciting to engage in an exploration of our modern folklore. These stories are fascinating because they provide perspective on how people have seen the world historically,” said Brad Richardson, CCHM executive director. “This is also a fun way to communicate history to new audiences.”

The evening will begin with 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, Clark County Historical Museum, or online at kigginstheatre.com/movies/history-on-tap.

Audio support for History on Tap is provided by the Courtney Irvin Trust. Additional support is provided by ZZeppelin and Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Tap Takeover for the Oct. 17 event is sponsored by Trap Door Brewing.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or events@cchmuseum.org.

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A worker on the bottling line at Lucky Lager Brewery, 1953 (CCHM photo)
A worker on the bottling line at Lucky Lager Brewery, 1953 (CCHM photo)
CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series: Vancouver Brewing History (Photo) - 09/24/19

Vancouver, Wash. –  Clark County Historical Museum is taking its First Thursday Speaker Series to Vancouver’s Loowit Brewing Company, 507 Columbia Street, for “History A-Brewin’: Vancouver Brewing History.” This free event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

This presentation will serve as a public introduction to the museum’s upcoming exhibit, opening in January 2020, celebrating Clark County’s extensive brewing history and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of prohibition.

CCHM Executive Director and event moderator Brad Richardson will begin the program by offering a brief overview of Vancouver’s brewing history with a focus on Lucky Lager Brewery and Great Western Malting. The program will then transition to a panel presentation featuring locals associated with these organizations and brewing in Clark County. Presenters include Sue Abbott, Carl Mullen Jr., Bryan Shull, and Tim Starkey.

Sue Abbott is the logistics manager for Great Western Malting, having been with the company’s Vancouver site for 36 years.

Carl Mullen Jr. began working for Vancouver’s Lucky Lager in 1972, filling the role of executive vice president. Mullen later assumed the role of president and was with the company until the Vancouver site closed in 1985.

Bryan Shull is the owner-operator of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver. His grandfather and father made their careers at Great Western Malting, where Shull also worked for a time during college.

Tim Starkey worked in the operations portion of Lucky Lager for four years, and was present when the Vancouver location closed in the mid-1980s.

The CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. 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 events@cchmuseum.org.

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