Clark County Historical Museum to continue series on ‘Rebel Women of Clark County’


The Clark County Historical Museum will continue its “(Her)Story: Rebel Women of Clark County” series on Thursday, March 3. 

During the presentation, April Buzby will tell the stories of “two extraordinary women,” Elizabeth Jane Herrington Irwin and Mary Ellen Bates, who served in the first and second World Wars. 

The presentation will discuss how Irwin’s story nearly faded into obscurity after a clerical error, and will discuss Bates’ experience in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, stated a news release. 

“There are so many amazing women that have left behind their mark on this community and only a handful are really ever talked about,” stated Buzby in the release. “Even those women we all feel we know have become more myth than a true representation of who they were. It is my hope that this project provides an opportunity for Clark County to meet these women as they truly were.”

The release describes Buzby as a talented social impact strategist whose career has created more ethical policies for marginalized communities. Although she worked for 10 years in public policy on the national level, Buzby has since shifted gears to focus on advocacy and its historical narrative, stated the release.

Buzby has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Keene State College and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. Buzby currently serves as an outreach and public programming manager at The Clark County Historical Museum to unearth the forgotten stories and communities of Clark County, the release stated.

The general admission fee for the event is $5, seniors and students are $4, and children under 18 are $3. The event is free for Clark County Historical Museum members, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. The release stated attendees should arrive early, as seating is limited. Proof of vaccination will also be required.

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