Traveling Trunks

At the start of the 2011 school year, the Cowlitz County Historical Museum began a Traveling Trunk program to bring the museum right into the classroom. Since then, we have expanded the program to include presentations on the Pacific Northwest Tribes’ use of natural resources such as salmon and cedar, the Oregon Trail, and building the planned city of Longview. The “Trunk” is a series of power point presentations that museum educators lead in the classroom with hands on objects and activities. Students enjoy having the museum come to their classroom and the programs have become immensely popular, reaching many elementary and middle schools in Cowlitz County.

It is our belief that the Museum can and should be a resource for local schools to meet state standards while allowing students to enjoy learning about our community. To schedule a Traveling Trunk presentation, or if you have questions, please contact Education Coordinator Danielle Robbins at or call the museum at (360) 577-3119. NOTE: Traveling Trunks are not available the week of Thanksgiving through the first week of December.

Use the links below to download a list of the Traveling Trunks Presentations we offer, along with a bibliography of sources used to create the programs and an introductory worksheet.


Come experience how other parts of the world celebrates the winter season! Full of fun games, activities, music, storytellers and more! It’s the best way to start the Holidays.

For more information on past and upcoming Winterfest activities, 
click here.

First Thursday Speaker Series

The first Thursday speaker series highlights a different topic each month.

​Admission is free

Click here to check out our schedule of upcoming speakers and topics!

Museum Tours

Guided tours of the Museum’s Main Gallery and changing exhibits are available to adult groups and student groups from pre-school age through college, after school programs, day cares, organizations, and families. General tours, providing an introduction to the Gallery, take about an hour. Specialty tours, which are planned with group leaders, vary in length from 45 minutes to two hours. They may include focusing on a particular topic with enrichment activities, games, or supplementary presentations. 

Any museum visit can be greatly enhanced by doing some pre- and post- visit projects, as well as working with museum staff to expand the learning experience from what students have already studied. Ask Museum Educator Danielle Robbins about customizing activities for your group to use before, during, or after a visit. Students are encouraged to think creatively: giving direction to young minds as a compass to early explorers. 

For more information about tours, contact:
Danielle Robbins
Education and Public Programs Coordinator
(360)577-3119 ext 6744

Just for Kids!

Download a copy of our Cowlitz County Historical Museum Coloring Book!

For more information about our education programs and museum tours, please contact:

Danielle Robbins
Education and Public Programs Coordinator
(360)577-3119 ext 6744