Camas-Washougal native Brad Richardson has a new title but isn’t a new face at the Clark County Historical Museum.
The histories of Brad Richardson and Clark County, Washington, are intertwined.
Seven years ago, while working on his degree in history at Washington State University Vancouver, Richardson volunteered to help out at the museum’s Harvest Days event. The job included helping people build scarecrows.
His other positions there included intern, visitor services assistant, visitor services coordinator and museum experience coordinator.
Diverse group shares what Clark County, Washington, is to them and how it shaped their lives.
The exhibit, “I Am Clark County,” is an oral examination of Clark County that looks at 12 unique lives. The subjects—or “narrators” as they are called by their interviewers—represent a diverse group through a variety of religions, races, jobs, ages and personal histories.
The exhibit is the brainchild of Donna Sinclair, instructor of history at Washington State University Vancouver. Sinclair laid the groundwork for the exhibit during WSU Vancouver’s spring semester by teaching a group of her history students how to interview and put together an exhibit.
The goal, as Sinclair describes it, was to talk with “ordinary Clark County citizens. Through the lens of their experience we can learn something about this place,” she said.
The physical exhibit itself features a descriptive poster of each subject, with various aspects of their lives highlighted, an assortment of graphics of both the subject and things pertaining to their life and three to five ways the subjects identify themselves. Next to each poster, hanging on the wall with headphones, are the interviews.
Washington State University Vancouver will present its 2017 awards for research, student achievement and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. The following three individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences will each receive a Chancellor’s Medallion:
Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence–Candice Goucher, professor of history
Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement– Julian Rivas, B.A., social sciences, with a concentration in human resources administration and a certificate in case management
Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence– Enrique Brouwer, instructor of psychology, and foreign languages and cultures.
Event highlights the historical trail, family’s 1853 trek across U.S. to reach present-day Camas
The Oregon Trail is bringing people to Vancouver, Wash., again Saturday—this time for an exercise in history. The Oregon-California Trails Association is teaming with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation for a symposium at the Heathman Lodge.
A diary begun by Amelia Knight when her family left Iowa in 1853 is among documents to be discussed.
Oregon Trail diaries offer an unusual perspective on a significant era in American history, said Steve Fountain, a history professor at Washington State University Vancouver. Their authors seemed to realize they were participating in something historic and wanted to document it.
“A lot of these are written not as private diaries, but as narratives people will want to read,” Fountain said.
Fountain, who kicks off the symposium with a “Layers of History” overview, noted another interesting aspect of the emigrants.
“These are people who are doing middling and better; not poor people,” Fountain said. “People who are doing just fine are risking life and limb and traveling for months getting to a place they’ve never been.”
Albert J. von Frank, professor emeritus of English and American studies, will receive the 2017 WSU Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award and will deliver the associated address, “Science and Poetry in the Modern University,” followed by a reception, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in Todd 125.
He will be among those honored during WSU’s annual Showcase Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 31.
The award is given for sustained contributions to academia, continued service to the university, community and mankind, and personal accomplishments in retirement that serve as a role model for other retirees. Learn more about the award, including past recipients, at https://emeritussociety.wsu.edu/legacy-of-excellence-award/.
Von Frank is an internationally recognized scholar of 19th century American literature and culture with a particular interest in Ralph Waldo Emerson. » More …