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Best Soldiers’ Paper in the Army – History First Thursday
July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$5.00
Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM)’s 1st Thursday Speaker Series Presents:
Best Soldiers’ Paper in the Army – The Straight Grain Newspaper and Vancouver Barracks in 1918
In the fall of 1918, Vancouver Barracks was home to thousands of soldiers operating the Spruce Production Division’s massive Spruce Mill, which milled lumber from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to be sent to Allied aircraft manufacturers. The Straight Grain, the official newspaper of the Army post from October 1918 to January 1919, didn’t just report the news – it was also a place where soldiers could submit their stories, jokes, poetry, artwork, cartoons, and opinions.
This program, presented by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Assistant Curator, Meagan Huff, will use newspapers from the Fort’s archives to shine a light on the everyday lives of soldiers at the Spruce Mill in 1918.
General admission is $5.00, seniors and students are $4.00, children under 18 are $3.00, and the evening is FREE with a CCHM membership. Doors open at 5:00pm, the event begins at 7:00 pm. The museum encourages attendees to get there early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.
Meagan Huff, grew up in Vancouver and has worked at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site since 2010. She holds a Master in Arts degree in Museology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art History from the University of Washington. She works in the national park’s Cultural Resources Division, which manages a museum collection of 2.8 million historic and archaeological artifacts.
CCHM’s First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by Clark County’s Historic Preservation Committee.
The Clark County Historical Museum is operated by the Clark County Historical Society (CCHS), which is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees. CCHS works in partnership with Clark County and the City of Vancouver to operate the museum in a 1909 Carnegie Library building. Our vision is to facilitate a more educated and connected community through meaningful engagement with history. CCHM is located at 1511 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660 – just off the I-5 and Mill Plain Blvd. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For further information, call 360-993-5679, email [email protected], or visit cchmuseum.org. CCHM’s First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by Clark County’s Historic Preservation Committee.