Clark County Historical Museum hosts ‘Vancouver Goes to the Movies’


The Clark County Historical Museum will continue its 2022 speaker series with “Vancouver Goes to the Movies” on Thursday, Aug. 4.

The presentation will be hosted by historian and Historic Preservation Commission chair Andy Gregg .

Vancouver citizens started moviegoing in 1897 to watch Fitzsimmons and Corbel, which held an important role in both entertainment and connecting the community, stated a news release. Gregg will draw on his research into the golden age of movie theaters in Vancouver by looking at the rise and fall of the single-screen theater and how movies helped bridge social and racial divides, the release stated. 

According to the release, Gregg is a Vancouver native and saw his first film at the Kiggins Theatre in 1961. After attending Vancouver Public Schools, Gregg graduated from Willamette University, attended Gonzaga University School of Law, and completed a master’s degree in public history at Washington State University. As a national board certified teacher, Gregg has served as the chair of the Clark County Arts Commission. He has also written extensively about Vancouver since 1973, the release stated. 

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and Versa Events. General admission costs $5, seniors and students are $4, and children under 18 are $3. It is free for CCHM members, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. 

It will be held at CCHM, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. 

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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