Cowlitz Encounters


Do you know what a Shay locomotive sounds like? Or a Mikado? Have you ever seen film footage of the 1933, 1948, and 1996 floods? Or of men and women working in the Longview Fibre and Weyerhaeuser mills? Do you recognize the smell of cedar? Would you like to hear a pioneer family story? Would you like to see hundreds of items relating to Cowlitz County history including Hulda Klager's dress and a teacup that survived the 1902 Yacolt fire?

Yes, all of these can be seen in Cowlitz Encounters, the museum's new long-term exhibit. You'll see all of this plus historic video and pictures on 7 screens!




The Great War: A Cowlitz County Centennial Reflection

Using artifacts and photos from our collection, loans from museums and private collectors in Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia, and Yakima, the exhibit has attracted many visitors already. The WWI poster collection displays some extraordinary art from that time reflecting both social and military thoughts of the era. Not to be missed.