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News Release
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


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