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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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 ...
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 with...
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.

"Badges, Bandits, and Booze..." it doesn't get more interesting than that!  This is a special exhibit currently on displ...
03/09/2017

"Badges, Bandits, and Booze..." it doesn't get more interesting than that! This is a special exhibit currently on display at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum.

After posting two photographs of the Cowlitz River freezing over we received inquiries about the Columbia. These three p...
01/12/2017

After posting two photographs of the Cowlitz River freezing over we received inquiries about the Columbia. These three photos from the winter of 1930 show that this indeed has happened. The newspaper clipping indicates that the ice on the river was solid enough to drive a car across at Vancouver. As far as we know it has never frozen to that degree downriver as far as Cowlitz County. When the Northern Pacific Railroad was selecting a construction base on the Columbia River in the 1870s, one of the reasons Kalama was chosen was according to historian Murray Morgan "it lay downstream from the farthest point of freezing on the Columbia."
The other photos show the ice on the river near the Longview-Rainier Bridge a month or two prior to its completion.

We recently received an inquiry about whether or not the museum had photographs of the Cowlitz River frozen over and yes...
01/09/2017

We recently received an inquiry about whether or not the museum had photographs of the Cowlitz River frozen over and yes we do, The picture of the skaters under the Allen Street Bridge was taken in 1922 according to the information provided by the donor. The other photo looking towards West Kelso dates from 1919.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum
12/21/2016

Cowlitz County Historical Museum

NOW IN STOCK
Whistles - The Story of Longview Fibre Company by David Wilma
$21.95 ($19.75 member price)

Museum store open 10 -4 through Friday December 23rd.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

NOW IN STOCKWhistles - The Story of Longview Fibre Company by David Wilma$21.95 ($19.75 member price)Museum store open 1...
12/21/2016

NOW IN STOCK
Whistles - The Story of Longview Fibre Company by David Wilma
$21.95 ($19.75 member price)

Museum store open 10 -4 through Friday December 23rd.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

12/21/2016

LAST MINUTE GIFTS - CHECK OUT THE MUSEUM STORE!

"Whistles - the Story of Longview Fibre Company" by David Wilma.
Our brand new book arrived last Thursday and is a popular gift purchase already. $21.95 ($19.75 member price).
We are open 10 - 4 through Friday, 12/23
(closed Christmas Eve & Christmas day.

Normal hours - 10 - 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

Winter Festival: December 3rdOpen House from 10 am to 4 pmCome Celebrate Christmas in July & the Southern Hemisphere. Ma...
11/29/2016

Winter Festival: December 3rd
Open House from 10 am to 4 pm

Come Celebrate Christmas in July & the Southern Hemisphere. Make crafts and learn about holiday traditions in Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and French Polynesia. Joining us will be the Lower Columbia Woodcarvers and the Storyteller’s Network.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Watching College Gameday at UW this morning, I thought I'd share a little known fact about UW. Did you know that the fir...
11/12/2016

Watching College Gameday at UW this morning, I thought I'd share a little known fact about UW. Did you know that the first choice for a location for UW was in Winlock?

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
On January 30, 1858, the Washington Territorial Legislature passed a bill to establish a state university. At that time, Cowlitz Prairie was the most populated area of the territory. Also, they reasoned that when a railroad was built between Seattle and Portland, it would probably pass through Cowlitz Prairie.

So the bill was passed that the State University be located on Cowlitz Prairie, PROVIDED someone donate 160 acres of land for the site. But, there was no one on Cowlitz Prairie at that time who was sufficiently interested to give away 160 acres of land. So the offer was defaulted.

At the next session of the legislature in 1860, Mr. Arthur Denny, of Seattle, introduced a bill to locate the University in Seattle. This bill passed, with a proviso attached that someone donate 10 acres for a site. Mr. Denny, Edward Lander, and Charles C. Terry promptly gave the 10 acres.

The University of Washington is now one of the GREAT universities of the country and it could have been located on the Cowlitz Prairie just 6 miles from Winlock.

So instead, Winlock ended up with a great big egg.

http://www.winlockwa.govoffice2.com/vertical/sites/%7B131FF39D-640A-4A04-8D6F-F1B120929459%7D/uploads/%7BAF9467A8-11F6-435F-B3B2-5C830CF7957E%7D.PDF

11/01/2016

“A Trunkful of Letters, Part III"

Public Program
November 3rd – 7:00 pm

For the past three years, retired Kelso teacher and historian John Simpson has been researching a collection of Civil War letters that were discovered in Kelso. In two previous popular programs he has reported what he has learned about the four men in the letters. “A Trunkful of Letters, Part III” should be equally as interesting. Come and hear what he has recently discovered.

One of our directors is touring Iceland and shared these photos from the Iceland National Museum.
10/19/2016

One of our directors is touring Iceland and shared these photos from the Iceland National Museum.

10/04/2016
Cowlitz County Historical Museum

Cowlitz County Historical Museum

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM SERIES
October 6th - 7:00 pm at the Museum

“Superhero America:
The Comic Book Character as Historical Lens”

Since the debut of Superman in 1938, the American superhero has been a regular part of our pop culture landscape. In an interactive multimedia presentation, journalist and comic book historian, T. Andrew Wahl, will explore how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members’ memories as a springboard, this conversation connects comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl’s presentation is provided by Humanities Washington.

10/04/2016

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM SERIES
October 6th - 7:00 pm at the Museum

“Superhero America:
The Comic Book Character as Historical Lens”

Since the debut of Superman in 1938, the American superhero has been a regular part of our pop culture landscape. In an interactive multimedia presentation, journalist and comic book historian, T. Andrew Wahl, will explore how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members’ memories as a springboard, this conversation connects comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl’s presentation is provided by Humanities Washington.

08/16/2016

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM SERIES RESUMES
SEPTEMBER 1st - 7 PM
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Cultural History of Mount St. Helens/Lawetlat’la. Learn about the Indian mythology surrounding the mountain and it’s eruptive history; the lifeways, material culture and spirituality of the Cowlitz People in the pre-contact era, and the successful 2013 listing of Lawetlat’la on the National Register of Historic Places as a traditional cultural property. Presenter Nathan Reynolds has been employed as an ecologist for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe since 2005. He studies prehistoric and historic interactions between humans, the physical landscape and natural resources in southwest Washington State.

DOLL CLUB VISITS THE MUSEUM -“Oh, look at this one! It’s beautiful!” This was recently heard repeatedly at the mus...
08/16/2016

DOLL CLUB VISITS THE MUSEUM -
“Oh, look at this one! It’s beautiful!” This was recently heard repeatedly at the museum when the Three Rivers Doll Club came to view our doll collection. “They are all miniature works of art,” says club president Nancy Arnett. “They really connect you to history, to the society at the time they were made,” adds club member Karen Boehm. It’s not hard to tell that these women are passionate about the treasured toy and beloved icon. Their faces light up every time a new box is opened and they carefully hold up the dolls inside. The club found out about the museum’s doll collection through Nancy. In 2014 she came to the museum wanting to know if we had any dolls.
She was thrilled to find out that we had a number of them but disappointed to learn that we had not yet photographed them for our computer cataloging program. Determined to do something to help make the collection more accessible for visitors, Nancy volunteered to photograph the doll collection and wrote an article for our June 2015 issue of the quarterly about the collection. “I care so much about dolls just because they are so cute and lovable and they have been a part of my whole life. They make me think of my mother,” says Marian Griffith who made dolls before joining the doll
club. “I like the dolls from my childhood the best,” adds Cindy Parson, another longtime member of the club.

Don't miss this great local event.
08/11/2016

Don't miss this great local event.

SQUIRREL FEST - Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Longview Civic Center. Check out the details at the Squirrel Fest page LVSquirrelFest or at www.lvsquirrelfest.com . Don't miss it. Here's an early, undated picture from our collection with a squirrel on the bridge apparently enjoying the Christmas tree.

SQUIRREL FEST - Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Longview Civic Center. Check out the details at the Squirrel Fest page ...
08/11/2016

SQUIRREL FEST - Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Longview Civic Center. Check out the details at the Squirrel Fest page LVSquirrelFest or at www.lvsquirrelfest.com . Don't miss it. Here's an early, undated picture from our collection with a squirrel on the bridge apparently enjoying the Christmas tree.

07/27/2016

Pie Eating Contest for Kids - WEDNESDAY 1 PM
Sign up at the Bush Cabin at the N.W. corner of the fairgrounds.

The contest is sponsored by Adena's Delights Bakery, who provides the contest with the pies! Lots of fun! See you there.

Address

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

Telephone

(360) 577-3119

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