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Try this: ‘Ulysses S. Grant Slept Here?’; VANtalks; ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 23, 2024, 6:05am

General knowledge

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association presents its next Military History Talk, “Ulysses S. Grant Slept Here?,” at 6:30 p.m. today at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. As a young brevet captain, Grant served as quartermaster at Vancouver Barracks from 1852-’53. Historian and archaeologist Jeff Davis (U.S. Army, retired) will discuss new research on the history of a 1849 building known as the Grant House, as well as the now-demolished building in which Grant did live. Learn more at bma.us. The talk is free but registration is requested by emailing president@vbma.us.

Light bulb

VANtalks, a local version of TED Talks, begins at 6:30 tonight at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. The annual event features presentations by six local changemakers who will inspire audiences to think more deeply about the relationships that connect us. Plus, Vancouver Ballet Folklorico will perform. Tickets are $22 in advance or $28 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.vantalks.org. Speakers include Curtis Miller, Diana Avalos Leos, Jeff Angelo, Jenny Thompson, Josh Townsley and Nikki Chen.

60 candles

The Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver, will unveil its new exhibit “Through the Decades: Clark County Historical Museum at 60” with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Friday. The exhibit highlights the museum’s first 60 years. The public is invited to explore the exhibit and help re-create the May 24, 1964, photo, in which 2,000 people gathered to celebrate the museum’s opening. Also enjoy a scavenger hunt, a talk about women aviators and story-sharing. The exhibit will be open through the spring. Admission fees will be waived on Friday and Saturday. For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Good grief

Journey Theater presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” with performances today through Saturday at the Joyce Garver Theater, 1500 N.E. Garfield St., Camas. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 25 and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Nonrefundable advance tickets are $19 for adults or $17 for youth and seniors. Tickets are $2 more at the door. The play follows Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, celebrate the joy of friendship and explore life’s big questions. Musical numbers include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.”


North Clark Historical Museum, 21416 N.E. 399th St., Amboy, will host “Mount St. Helens: The Eruption and Rebirth” at 2 p.m. Saturday. David Newcomb of the Mount St. Helens Institute will present a talk and slide show featuring changes in the devastated area since the massive eruption of the volcano 44 years ago. Attendees are encouraged to record their experiences during and after the eruption on May 18, 1980, so that their stories can be added to the museum’s archives. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more details, call 360-247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Fry Bread Day at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, The Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington’s free screening of “Razing Liberty Square” and the Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Posse workshop — visit events.columbian.com.