Cowlitz County Historical Museum

Cowlitz County Historical Museum The Cowlitz County Historical Museum's ongoing work is to preserve our regional heritage for public enjoyment and education, now and for future generations.
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04/30/2020

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1918 Spanish Flu in Cowlitz County.  During these uncertain times, we must keep perspective that throughout our history,...
03/31/2020
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1918 Spanish Flu in Cowlitz County. During these uncertain times, we must keep perspective that throughout our history, humans have persevered among immense challenges. The recent COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that although there is great concern, we should focus on standing strong together. I have been inspired by the efforts of our community to support each other in any way possible. We have seen our medical professionals work long hours, grocery store workers making best efforts to keep shelves stocked, people making masks from home for medical workers, and distilleries transition to make sanitizer, all in the combined effort to combatting and containing this disease.
Throughout history we have triumphed through depressions, wars, natural catastrophes, and pandemics. With this message I wanted to share with you our Cowlitz Historical Quarterly from 1996, Volume 38, Number 1. The article, “The 1918 Spanish Flu: A Pandemic Strikes Cowlitz County” will give insight to what our recent ancestors did during similar times just over a century ago. To access this article, visit the Museum’s website at:

http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/Museum

Scroll down to “Downloads” and click on the article. In recording the radio segments “Today in Cowlitz County History”, which airs on 101.5 FM The Wave, we discovered historical content from 100 years ago that mirrors current events. Theaters and public dances were prohibited among other social gatherings to contain Spanish Influenza, in the same way we are “Staying Home, Staying Safe” today. Just as the Spanish Flu passed and became history, this too shall pass.
As a repository of Cowlitz County history, we have a responsibility to preserve, collect, and maintain a record of this event for future generations. Just as we can learn from the historical record of the Spanish Flu pandemic, we strive to preserve our stories for the benefit of our children, grandchildren, and beyond.
We look forward to reopening the museum to the public in the near future. Please check our website and page for additional updates. Until then, stay safe and take care of yourselves, loved ones, and neighbors.

Warm regards,

Joseph Govednik
Museum Director
Cowlitz County Historical Museum

03/26/2020

Check out Danielle's family historic photo discussion pictures in the Photo / Album section.

Historic Photo for Family Discussion
03/26/2020

Historic Photo for Family Discussion

03/26/2020

Our Education Coordinator, Danielle Robbins, shared a historical photo quiz for kids. Click on the PHOTO section and open the ALBUM called KIDS Photo Quiz.

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03/22/2020

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Some things for the kids to do while at home from our Education Coordinator, Danielle Robbins.

Some things for the kids to do while at home from our Education Coordinator, Danielle Robbins.
03/22/2020

Some things for the kids to do while at home from our Education Coordinator, Danielle Robbins.

03/17/2020

The Museum is currently closed. Please check back or follow us for updates. Thank you.

Train Fans - The Museum store has a VERY limited supply of 2020 calendars by Nils Huxtable.  $12.95 (11.65 for members)....
01/14/2020

Train Fans - The Museum store has a VERY limited supply of 2020 calendars by Nils Huxtable. $12.95 (11.65 for members). Great shots. Open Tues - Sat 10-4

01/02/2020

Happy New Year - We have a different schedule for the first part of January 2020.

January 2nd - 4th - open normal hours 10-4

January 6th - 11th - CLOSED for annual yearend work and maintenance.

EXCEPT - our First Thursday program will be on the SECOND THURSDAY, January 9th at 7PM. The staff will present their favorite additions to the collection during 2019. Hope you can join us.

Thank you.

12/18/2019

Christmas & New Year Schedule
Dec 24th - open 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dec 25th - Closed
Jan 1st - Closed

11/21/2019

Wednesday, Nov 27th - closing at 2:00pm
Thanksgiving 2019 - The museum will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29th.

We will reopen Saturday. Thank you.

09/10/2019
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Whitey Nelmark w/ Kirc Roland & Dave Andrew - 9/5/2019 at the Museum. Audio of program.

07/20/2019

Cowlitz County Fair starts Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27. Join us at the Bush Cabin. The museum will close early at 3pm on Thursday and Friday of that week, and it will be closed all day Saturday, July 27th. See you at the fair.

06/25/2019

Independence Day - Holiday schedule - The museum will be closed July 4th through July 8th. We will resume normal hours Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Enjoy the holiday!

CCHS membership cards with NARM enhancement now shipping!  Recently a new membership card with NARM benefits was tested ...
02/28/2019

CCHS membership cards with NARM enhancement now shipping! Recently a new membership card with NARM benefits was tested in Palm Springs. Museum Director and sustaining member Joseph Govednik and his mother, Margaret, enjoyed visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum free of charge.....and Margaret got a 10% discount at the museum gift shop! Total benefit: $32 savings.

The Cowlitz County Historical Museum would love to hear where its members are using their NARM-enhanced membership card. Send us your pics!

12/20/2018

The museum will be closed December 23-26 for the holiday. We will reopen on Thursday, December 27th. Have safe and happy holiday.

11/21/2018

We will be closed for Thanksgiving, reopening Tuesday, November 27th (10-4). Our annual Winterfest is coming up Sunday, December 2nd - noon to 4 pm with a Bavarian Christmas theme, including some amazing nutcrackers!!! More info coming Tuesday. Have a happy holiday.

Had a wonderful annual meeting with our guest speaker 97 year old George Tsugawa. George told his story of being interre...
11/04/2018

Had a wonderful annual meeting with our guest speaker 97 year old George Tsugawa. George told his story of being interred at an Internment Camp in eastern Oregon during WWII. An amazing human. Thank you George. It was an honor for everyone present. 🙂

Friends from Longview’s sister city Wako Japan toured the Museum Saturday. Wonderful time together.
10/14/2018

Friends from Longview’s sister city Wako Japan toured the Museum Saturday. Wonderful time together.

Area pioneers come to "life".  Check it out.
09/14/2018

Area pioneers come to "life". Check it out.

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BUNKER HILL CEMETERY TOUR
Presented by the Stella Historical Society, Cowlitz County Historical Museum and the Bunker Hill Cemetery Association

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 3-5:30pm
Tours begin at 3pm and run every half hour. Please arrive early! Tours last 45 minutes.
Donation: $5 a person

Some of the earliest Bunker Hill Graves date back to the 1870s.

Have you ever stood in an old cemetery and thought, "How I wish these stones could talk?" If so, then come join us and as we step back in time to share the stories of some the men and women who lived and settled communities along the Columbia River.

Recommended for those 10 years of age and up! Please wear comfortable shoes and expect to walk on uneven ground. Limited seating available!

08/08/2018

Tune into the Travel Channel tonight for “Mysteries at the Museum” at 7PM. The production company came to the Cowlitz County Museum and shot a story about the Nutty Narrows Bridge that airs tonight.

UPDATE: We’ve been in contact with the family and will be working with them to return the items to Germany. Thank you Jo...
06/29/2018

UPDATE: We’ve been in contact with the family and will be working with them to return the items to Germany. Thank you John Fleshman!!

We need your help! We have two very unique items in our collection that were loaned to the museum in 1960 by a gentleman named Charles "Gib" Fleshman. These items came from the Heidelberg Museum in Germany following the German Surrender in WWII. Our goal is to do the right thing and return these items to the Heidelberg Museum in Germany. But, there's a glitch. We need the estate of Mr. Fleshman to release their interest in these items in order for us to return them to their rightful owner. If you, or someone you know, may be related to the late Charles "Gib" Fleshman, please contact us at the museum. We have other things to show you as well. Thanks :)

Darren Ullmann, President of the Cowlitz County Historical Society and Museum, is seeking your help. Darren is working o...
04/18/2018

Darren Ullmann, President of the Cowlitz County Historical Society and Museum, is seeking your help. Darren is working on the history of law enforcement in Cowlitz County. The one gap in his research is the lack of photographs from INSIDE the original Courthouse in Kalama. We have tons of pictures inside saloons, of all things, but nothing from inside the original courthouse (also known as the Kazano House). If you or someone you know has or may have an old photograph of a courtroom, sheriff's office, prosecutors office, auditors office, etc., and you believe it's from the original court house in Kalama, could you contact Darren at [email protected]. You can also contact us and we'll be happy to pass the information along.

Thanks!!

04/16/2018
Washington, Our Home

Washington, Our Home

Check out the latest video! And contact me if you want a similar video made in your area of Washington State! Thanks to Kelso, Washington - City of Kelso, the Cowlitz County Historical Museum and Joseph M. Govednik for the assistance.

One month left to see our law enforcement exhibit.  New things, coming soon after...
09/16/2017

One month left to see our law enforcement exhibit. New things, coming soon after...

Meet our new Museum Director, Joseph Govednik. Join us Thursday, September 7th at 7 pm. Joseph will share his background...
08/31/2017

Meet our new Museum Director, Joseph Govednik. Join us Thursday, September 7th at 7 pm. Joseph will share his background and tell of his vision for the museum as we move forward. And we will have time to simply chat with him. We hope you can join us.

06/01/2017

Retirement Party for David Freece - Thursday June 1st - 6 to 8 pm. A brief program honoring Dave will be at 7 pm.

The Bush Family Cabin located at the Cowlitz County Event Center received a much needed roof replacement thanks to Weath...
06/01/2017

The Bush Family Cabin located at the Cowlitz County Event Center received a much needed roof replacement thanks to Weatherguard of Longview Thank you to our local volunteers and sponsors!

The spring edition of our Cowlitz Historical Quarterly focuses on "A Brief History of R.A.Long High School".  Dennis Web...
04/27/2017

The spring edition of our Cowlitz Historical Quarterly focuses on "A Brief History of R.A.Long High School". Dennis Weber (class of 1970) presents an excellent account of this iconic school, from its namesake's generous gift to fund the building of the structure, its opening in 1928, and on into modern times. CCHM's Curator, Bill Watson, assembled an insightful collection of excerpts from the "Lumberjack Chips", the school's newspaper in early times. They show a fun peek into school life as reported by the students in the early 1930s. To wrap up this issue, John McClelland III writes of his recollections of teachers from the early 1960s, and Jim LeMonds recalls his time teaching at R.A. Long. It's an excellent edition. Museum members receive this publication in the mail, and also they're available for sale at our museum store.

With all of this rain, who is ready for summer? In the past, many folks spent time at the local 24 Flavors ice cream sho...
04/26/2017

With all of this rain, who is ready for summer? In the past, many folks spent time at the local 24 Flavors ice cream shop on Vandercook in Longview to cool off. What are some of your favorite summertime memories??

Spring break starts now! Trying to think of things to do with the kids? How about visiting the Cowlitz County Historical...
03/31/2017

Spring break starts now! Trying to think of things to do with the kids? How about visiting the Cowlitz County Historical Museum? Our new exhibit “Cowlitz Encounters” has lots of things for kids to explore.
NEW THIS WEEK! We have a brand new pioneer kids’ dress-up area next to the real log cabin… perfect for pictures!
Plus, at the mini Oregon Trail wagon kids can load it up for the trip. And all around the exhibit kids can experience “sniff and guess” jars, scavenger hunt sheets, push the buttons to see and hear the sights and sounds of logging, and much more. Spring break is the perfect time to come check it all out.
The Museum is located at 405 Allen Street, Kelso and open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. We look forwards to seeing you here!

"Longview Fibre — a mill so intertwined with the town’s history that it would be impossible to imagine Longview without ...
03/15/2017

"Longview Fibre — a mill so intertwined with the town’s history that it would be impossible to imagine Longview without it." - excerpt from "Whistles: The Story of Longview Fibre Company"
Grab a copy today at the CCHM!

Prices from 1927 at Welch's on Allen Street in Kelso.
03/10/2017

Prices from 1927 at Welch's on Allen Street in Kelso.

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405 Allen St
Kelso, WA
98626

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(360) 577-3119

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Whitey Nelmark w/ Kirc Roland & Dave Andrew - 9/5/2019 at the Museum. Audio of program.
This day...84 years ago. Would be fun to see a pic from back in the day.
Have you kissed a smelt today? Here is my love letter to my hometown of Longview, Washington, first published by the Cowlitz County Historical Quarterly in 1998.
Wondering if anyone recognizes/remembers this gas station/store. Ted's place, with fireworks stand on left. My uncle is pictured here with a lady.