La Center Historical Museum

La Center Historical Museum Dedicated to preserving La Center's unique history
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Tom Wooldridge requested that we hang his birdhouse at the museum. It now has a special place in the tree in the front y...
05/11/2019

Tom Wooldridge requested that we hang his birdhouse at the museum. It now has a special place in the tree in the front yard. It will always remind us of him and his generosity!

In 2001, a partnership with Vancouver/Clark Parks and Recreation, City of La Center, and Clark Public Utilities was form...
05/11/2019

In 2001, a partnership with Vancouver/Clark Parks and Recreation, City of La Center, and Clark Public Utilities was formed to develop the upland portion of land directly south of the City of La Center, Washington. When the planning and design work was finished and construction began Summer of 2003. The Colf Construction Company is the General Contractor.

The La Center Museum is sad to report that Thomas Wooldridge passed away this morning. He was a very special and dear ma...
05/05/2019

The La Center Museum is sad to report that Thomas Wooldridge passed away this morning. He was a very special and dear man, not only to the folks at our museum, but to the whole town of La Center. He was generous, big hearted and had a fun sense of humor. Many were blessed to be graced by his friendship. We at the museum were honored by his participation and will greatly miss him. Rest in Peace Tom ~

04/29/2019

We are FREE & Open the First and Third Saturday
of each month from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore Ridgefield history at Old Liberty Theater
04/27/2019
Explore Ridgefield history at Old Liberty Theater

Explore Ridgefield history at Old Liberty Theater

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

04/02/2019

We are FREE and open from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

We'd like to give a big shout out to Carrie Cablay and her fourth graders for sharing their scale model displays of Fort Clatsop with us. Students please bring your parents in to show them off!

Ed and Dave are on deck this weekend ... come by and see us!!

https://www.facebook.com/1815928441/posts/10210880642491518?sfns=mo
03/14/2019

https://www.facebook.com/1815928441/posts/10210880642491518?sfns=mo

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Clark County Historical Society is seeking contributions for its November 2020 Annual.

The editor is seeking queries for scholarly local history articles of up to 4,000 words; and “Looking Back” section essays up to 2,500 words. Topics can include local people, past events, local companies, places or history. Minority writers are encouraged to submit articles. Authors are responsible for obtaining pictures or illustrations to support their story and for obtaining any permissions.

Authors interested should email a 100-150-word query to [email protected] by May 1, 2019. Include full contact information, estimated article length, and suggestions for supporting graphics. Queries arriving after the date may be considered for a future issue. The editor will respond to queries within 10 days. Final drafts are due March 15, 2020.

The CCHS Annual acquires first North American publishing rights. Upon publication, all rights revert to the authors.

Visit the Clark County Historical Museum to obtain past issues of the publication.

This is very exciting!  Many interviewed are from right here in La Center ... Ruth Toejnes, Florence Rhodes, Florence Ea...
01/04/2019
Clark County Historical Museum Oral Histories

This is very exciting! Many interviewed are from right here in La Center ... Ruth Toejnes, Florence Rhodes, Florence Eagle, Margaret Colf Hepola, Ardie Woodworth Dye, Angus and Marie Taylor, the Hank Backmans, Hazel Dickerson and Mrs. Ferguson. I can't wait to listen! http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/index.php/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16866coll4?fbclid=IwAR31CrsVMbrhvG3pC3z0cDcyjGCtl11nVxDmvTD8VQsP0gsdA5L_ZxoSmlQ

This digital collection contains transcripts and sound recordings selected from over 200 interviews in the oral history collections of the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) in Vancouver, Washington. The oral history collection at CCHM contains interviews with a wide variety of individuals from a...

Merry Christmas La Center - from all of us at the Museum!!
12/10/2018

Merry Christmas La Center - from all of us at the Museum!!

Christmas at the museum 2018
12/01/2018

Christmas at the museum 2018

Mrs. McKinney and Mr. Lepak's 4th grade class and the La Center Middle School Leos made our beautiful Christmas decorati...
12/01/2018

Mrs. McKinney and Mr. Lepak's 4th grade class and the La Center Middle School Leos made our beautiful Christmas decorations for us. Stop by and see them.

La Center Historical Museum's cover photo
12/01/2018

La Center Historical Museum's cover photo

11/13/2018
10/31/2018

We're open this Saturday from noon to 4:00pm at 410 W 5th Street - Both Candi and Don will be on deck ... come by and say Hi!!

10/17/2018

The Museum is open this Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm at 410 W 5th Street - Come by and say Hi!!

10/03/2018

We're open this Saturday from noon to 4:00pm at 410 W 5th Street - Come by and say Hi!!

Clark County Historical Museum
08/27/2018

Clark County Historical Museum

Happy birthday to the City of La Center, WA - which was incorporated today in 1909. 🎉🎉

Pic below from the CCHM Photograph Collection - "A view up Main Street in La Center, Washington. Photo donated by Mr. Headley." No date, though. 🤔

#cchmuseum #birthday #celebrate #LaCenterWA

Our Days Steamboat Celebration booth
07/30/2018

Our Days Steamboat Celebration booth

Volunteering looks GREAT on a resume! Employers love to see it. We are the easiest and closest place around to get start...
07/08/2018

Volunteering looks GREAT on a resume! Employers love to see it. We are the easiest and closest place around to get started. You don't have to commit a huge amount of time … you can help out for a few hours a month or just a few times a year! Plus you are always paired with a board-member to help answer visitor questions. Please consider helping us out.

La Center Historical Museum
07/05/2018

La Center Historical Museum

We not only have a great new look with fresh paint and a new roof, but we also have a surprise from Claudia's Beauty Sal...
07/05/2018

We not only have a great new look with fresh paint and a new roof, but we also have a surprise from Claudia's Beauty Salon - she very generously has given us TWO free hair cut coupons, for us to give to "first time" visitors to our museum this Saturday. So come take a look and win a new look for yourself from Claudia's!

07/04/2018

This group is about sharing the history of La Center. Our Mission Statement reads “The mission of the La Center Museum Association will be to preserve and to present historical information and items and displays of art, technology, science and industry related to the history of the La Center area. The Association will explore, analyze and honor La Center’s past and will focus on the unique geographical setting, the wildlife, the early inhabitants and settlers, local industries, cultural and other contributions of the past. In addition, special exhibits will focus on how world, national and regional events have affected the lives of La Center area citizens.” So in keeping with this statement we ask to please refrain from advertising or encouraging any type of “personal” fundraising.

Our museum's new coat of paint
05/29/2018

Our museum's new coat of paint

La Center Historical Museum's cover photo
05/29/2018

La Center Historical Museum's cover photo

Board members and volunteers are cleaning up the grounds, cutting down trees and taking out overgrown shrubs in preparat...
05/22/2018

Board members and volunteers are cleaning up the grounds, cutting down trees and taking out overgrown shrubs in preparation for painting the museum. New plants to be added after.

The La Center Historical Museum members made these beautiful gift baskets as a donation to the Clark County Historical M...
05/11/2018

The La Center Historical Museum members made these beautiful gift baskets as a donation to the Clark County Historical Museum’s gala auction.

Tom Wooldridge's GREAT GREAT Grandmother will be one of the people featured at this weekend event at the North Clark Cou...
05/10/2018

Tom Wooldridge's GREAT GREAT Grandmother will be one of the people featured at this weekend event at the North Clark County Historical Museum. Her name is Elviria Gregory - this is a photo of her sewing machine that was buried in order to save it from the 1902 Yacolt fire!

La Center Historical Museum meets Amboy's North Clark Cnty Museum
04/14/2018

La Center Historical Museum meets Amboy's North Clark Cnty Museum

La Center Historical Museum's new roof
04/12/2018

La Center Historical Museum's new roof

La Center Historical Museum's new roof
04/11/2018

La Center Historical Museum's new roof

02/15/2018

La Center Historical Museum

Open this Sat, Feb 17th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
410 W 5th St
Come by and say Hi!

Thank you Public Works director, Jeff Sarvis and the whole La Center public works department for making these wonderful ...
02/03/2018

Thank you Public Works director, Jeff Sarvis and the whole La Center public works department for making these wonderful improvements to the Timmen’s Landing historic site.

Photos from La Center Historical Museum's post
01/29/2018

Photos from La Center Historical Museum's post

Another piece of trivia that Morgan Frazier just found ...From the St Helens Mist Newspaper on Fri, Oct 3, 1902INSANE MA...
01/24/2018

Another piece of trivia that Morgan Frazier just found ...

From the St Helens Mist Newspaper on Fri, Oct 3, 1902
INSANE MAN’S AWFUL DEED

At La Center Just Across the River from St. Helens –

Crazed by jealousy of his rival and tired of living, Dr. R. S. Davis of La Canter, Clark County, Monday night set fire to his own drug store and that of his rival, Mrs. Sarah White, and then took poison, having surrounded himself with various weapons.

The people were aroused by an alarm of fire and found both drug stores in flames. The fire from Mrs. Whites building ignited the resident of J. W. Bennet, dock agent of the Lewis River Transportation Company, destroyed it and spread to a shoe store and a small photograph gallery, which stood between the two drug stores. All were completely destroyed.
The body of Mr. Davis was found in his own building, surrounded by a dirk knife, a Colt revolver and hammer-less Winchester shotgun. Davis was an erratic sort of character and had been up for examination as to his sanity. He had lived at La Center for nearly 25 years. He was very bitter toward the rival drug store, and everything points to the fact that he fired the property of his hated competitor, then that of his own, after which he took poison to end his life after and had placed the weapons close in reach for use in case of an emergency, should he be discovered, or the poison fail to bring death. Davis carried a stock of goods estimated to be valued in the neighborhood of $2000 which together with all the property destroyed by the flames he kindled, would foot up a total loss of about $5000.

Davis hated Mrs. White who kept the opposition drug store about 50 yards from his own. He imagined that she was unfair in trade and that her efforts were directed towards injury of his business. Those who are acquainted with the circumstances covering their trade relations say there were no reason for this enmity. Notwithstanding, Davis bore towards Mrs. White a constant feeling of animosity, and the destruction of her property by fire and the following suicide are the result of the old man's insane imagination of wrongs done him, but which others failed to see.

A few years ago, Davis was arraigned before Judge Miller in the Superior Court on a charge of insanity. The complaint filed against him was prompted by vicious actions on the part of the old man when measures were taken to build sidewalk in front of his store. This improvement he positively refused to allow to take place, and he enforced his resolution to that effect by standing guard over the property with a shotgun. After hearing the evidence, Judge Miller decided that instead of being insane, Davis was morbidly eccentric and ordered his release.

Dr. Davis, the dead man, was 86 years of age, and had owned and operated a drug store at intervals since 1878. He had no relatives in Clark County, nor any on the coast, as far an is known. Prosecuting Attorney W. W. Spark received the information this morning and has gone to La Center to make investigations.

We want to share photos of some old wedding certificates dating back to 1878 from the Gordon family. Daryl Gordon’s gr...
01/21/2018

We want to share photos of some old wedding certificates dating back to 1878 from the Gordon family. Daryl Gordon’s grandson Ken and family still live on the old family property off Aspen and Heritage Loop, where Ken’s wife is owner operator of Claudia's Beauty Salon.

La Center School District
01/18/2018

La Center School District

Mrs. Whelchel's third period 6th grade Language Arts class recently met with La Center Meals on Wheels participants. The students interviewed the community members to gather stories about their life experiences. The sixth graders are currently working to turn the interview notes into biographical sketches that they plan on sharing with the Meals on Wheels participants later. Mrs. Whelchel feels that connecting with La Center community members is vital to teaching students their place in the La Center community and that conversations across generations can lead to greater understanding and positive community and student growth.

Mrs. McKinney's 3rd grade class made our decorations this year. They did a beautiful job!
12/06/2017

Mrs. McKinney's 3rd grade class made our decorations this year. They did a beautiful job!

12/05/2017

Brad from the Clark County Historical Musuem was a guest at our monthly meeting last night. He made an analogy that I really liked and thought was apropos ... The City Council is the "brains" of the city, the Public Works is the "heart" which keeps it alive, and it's Museums are their "Memory".

Fall 2017 newsletter
11/13/2017

Fall 2017 newsletter

10/03/2017
Thank you so much to all the Moe family who allowed us the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful celebration.
09/16/2017

Thank you so much to all the Moe family who allowed us the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful celebration.

La Center Historical MuseumOpen Sat, Sept 2nd, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM410 W 5th StCome by and say Hi!
09/01/2017

La Center Historical Museum
Open Sat, Sept 2nd, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
410 W 5th St
Come by and say Hi!

Address

410 W 5th St
La Center, WA
98629

General information

The La Center Historical Museum is open the 1st & 3rd Saturdays noon-4:00 pm. Also open by appointment.

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(360) 263-6609

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