Clark County Historical Museum will continue its “History on Tap” program at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, April 18, with historian Pat Jollota’s presentation of “The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

For the event, Jollota will present the details of the 1950 murder of JoAnn Dewey in downtown Vancouver, and the subsequent arrests and trial. This talk is based on Jollota’s newest true crime book, “The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington.”

“The story of JoAnn Dewey has fascinated me since I first read about it years and years ago,” Jollota said. “I heard urban legends, opinions, so many differing tales of what happened that spring night in 1950. It became evident that there were several stories: the people involved, the crime itself, the investigation, the trial, the political side story, the string of appeals, the Erle Stanley Gardner involvement. The challenge became that of braiding the stories together to tell the whole story. I needed to know the story, and I felt that the community would want to know it, too.”

The evening will also include a Clark County gameshow-style quiz featuring Noland Hoshino, Temple Lentz, and Jim Mains, who make up the cast of the local community talk show “Hello Vancouver.” Another segment, "Ask Pat," will feature Jollota’s answers 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

Other topics for the 2019 program include “Stuff We Used to Believe” on July 18, which will explore once popular theories, beliefs, and ideas that have since been challenged or debunked, and “Campfire Tales: The haunting history of Clark County” on Oct. 17, 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 ZZoom Media. Additional support is provided by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Tap Takeover for the April 18 event is sponsored by Fortside Brewing Company.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or by email at


  • Occurred Thursday, April 18th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main St.
Vancouver, 98660


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