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Fourth-grade students, along with their families, friends and classmates, can visit the Fort Vancouver National Historic site and 2,000 other federal recreation areas for free this year with the Every Kid Outdoors annual pass. The Every Kid Outdoors Program encourages fourth graders to explo…

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On July 16, a gathering of friends and family celebrated the life of World War II veteran and master gardener Dorothy Frances Dwyer. Spectators congregated at the historic Covington House in Vancouver as members of the American Legion Post 44 carried flags for a full military funeral. The Un…

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Ellie Durgarian, a freshman at Prairie High School this fall, warns of the dangers and dark past of the Hanford Nuclear Site with her website “The Glowing Dark History of the Hanford Nuclear Site,” a website she built for the national competition National History Day to fit the theme of “Tri…

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For Historic Preservation month on May 2,  the Clark County Historical Museum will be taking its First Thursday Speaker Series to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater. The free event will celebrate Ridgefield and will be part of the new initiative by the museum to celebrate the local businesses,…

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For Women’s History Month, Clark County Historical Museum is holding a talk March 7 with Judith Jacobs Litfield, the author of a 2017 memoir titled “Providence White Caps: The Diary of Bernice Korang, RN.” The book tells the story of her aunt, who enrolled in the registered nurse program at …

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When Arcadia Publishing & the History Press asked Pat Jollota to write about a crime in her hometown of Vancouver, she began to remember the bizarre circumstances surrounding the JoAnn Dewey murder in 1950 and decided to take it on. 

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Newspapers from around the northwest carried the shocking news: Ole Peterson was severely burned while battling to save his burning home with buckets of water. His death followed two days later – May 6, 1953 – at Vancouver Memorial Hospital. His “stomping grounds” were in Skamania County, bu…