Museum, Vancouver celebrate history by planting trees

Clark County Historical Museum, City’s Urban Forestry Department work together to plant Blackgum Tupelo, Vanessa Ironwood trees around the 1909 Carnegie Library in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Clark County Historical Museum Executive Director Brad Richardson says planting trees is a way to remember the past.

In that spirit, the museum partnered with the city of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Department late last month to plant three trees around the 1909 Carnegie Library on Main Street in Vancouver.

Clark County Historical Museum volunteers (right to left) Jack and Connie Wager are joined by Jesse, Nick and Jessica George with the city’s Urban Forestry Department. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum.
Clark County Historical Museum volunteers (right to left) Jack and Connie Wager are joined by Jesse, Nick and Jessica George with the city’s Urban Forestry Department. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum.

A Blackgum Tupelo and two Vanessa Ironwood trees were planted by staff from the museum and city on Thursday, March 22.

“As we lost our well-loved elm tree to a fatal disease in 2008, the museum is honored and thankful for this opportunity to plant new community trees,” Richardson said in a press release. “Planting trees is a way to remember the past, build hope for the future, and improve the overall environment for everyone in our county and neighborhood. These trees in particular are known for their fall foliage, and we can’t wait for them show off their colors.”

Clark County Historical Museum volunteers (right to left) Jack and Connie Wager are joined by museum Visitor and Membership Coordinator Gretchen Hoyt and her daughter, Cora Hoyt. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum.
Clark County Historical Museum volunteers (right to left) Jack and Connie Wager are joined by museum Visitor and Membership Coordinator Gretchen Hoyt and her daughter, Cora Hoyt. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum.

The Clark County Historical Museum expressed appreciation for the city’s approval of the project, directing specific praise toward Urban Forestry Outreach Coordinator Jessica George for taking it on and seeing it through.

“The inspiration for the planting was former OSU & WSU Master Gardener, and current CCHM volunteer, Barbara Clark,” the museum said in the press release. “She got the ball rolling by contacting the city to submit a request.”

For more information, contact the museum at (360) 993-5679 or by email at info@cchmuseum.org.

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