The First Thursday Speaker Series occurs on the first Thursday of most months. The program takes place at 7:00 pm at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted.
Admission is free.
Upcoming First Thursday
To view past First Thursday programs, please click the links below:
Industrial History at the Reynolds Aluminum Plant – September 1, 2022
Kristin Gaines of Northwest Alloys and George Winn of Cowlitz County Building and Planning share about the history of the Reynolds Longview facility during this First Thursday program, a Zoom/In-Person hybrid.
71 at 71: Bike Ride of a Lifetime – June 2, 2022
On July 23, 2021, Jim LeMonds and Bob Horness rode 71 miles of single-track in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to Celebrate their 71st birthdays. Jim shares about this once-in-a-lifetime event during this hybrid Zoom/in-person program.
71 at 71: Bike Ride of a Life Time
“All For the Union” Civil War Letters Book – May 5, 2022
Local author and Civil War Historian John Simpson shares about his book, “All for the Union: The Saga of One Northern Family Fighting the Civil War” during this hybrid Zoom/in-person program.
All for the Union
A Glimpse of Cowlitz County Postal History – March 3, 2022
Author and postal history enthusiast Ted Gruber shares his research in “A Glimpse of Cowlitz County Postal History” during this Zoom presentation.
A Glimpse of Cowlitz County Postal History
Vestiges of the Iron Curtain landscape photos – February 3, 2022
Longview photographer and artist Hans Schaufus shares his “Vestiges of the Iron Curtain” landscape photos of East Germany taken between 2006 and 2014.
Vestiges of the Iron Curtain
Staff Picks for 2021 – January 6, 2022
Cowlitz County Historical Museum staff share their top picks from items that came into the collection during the year of 2021 in this Zoom presentation.
Staff Picks: Our favorites from 2021
Cemetery Tour Program – May 6, 2021
Cowlitz County Historical Museum staff share Cemetery Reenactment videos of local individuals who died during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic in this Zoom presentation.
Spanish Flu whole program
Fern Master Segment
Vern Pea Segment
James Catlin Segment
Hazel Beck Segment
Mary Shult Segment
Alfred Wright Segment