Joseph Govednik

Museum Director

Joseph has been museum director since July 2017. He is delighted to be part of a talented team of professionals, both with the museum and County.  Joseph brings over 20 years of experience in business, heritage, and educational industries, combined with a passion for community, history, and forging organizational partnerships.  Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology, and master’s degrees in Anthropology, Museum Studies, and Business Administration.  In previous works, Joseph was involved with the California State University, Hayward, C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology and Mammology, Lindsey Wildlife Museum, National Japanese American Historical Society, and most recently, Museum Curator at the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum in Tacoma.  Joseph has held executive positions on many board and commissions, including the Washington Museum Association, Tacoma Waterfront Association, Heritage League of Pierce County, City of Lacey Historical Commission, and the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council. Since making Cowlitz County his home,  he founded the Heritage Association of the Lower Columbia.

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Jim Elliott

Office Manager

Jim is a Longview native. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law that still live in the area.  He completed two years of math / computer focused classes at L.C.C. 1965-67. From 1965 to 2006 he was employed by Longview Publishing Co. and its successors [Century Communications, Adelphia Communications, Comcast], with the last 26 years of his career serving as General Manager of broadband cable television operations in Cowlitz County.  Jim joined the Museum’s staff in 2009 as a part time office manager handling business office and digital media type functions. He served as President and Director to the Cowlitz County Historical Society from 1995 to 2003. Jim is also a long-time member and 2009-10 President of the Longview Rotary Club. He and his wife are active members at Calvary Community Church. His personal interests include operating his model railroad, real railroad operation and history, and photography.

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Danielle Robbins

Education and Public Programs Coordinator

Danielle was born and raised in Longview, WA. She attended R.A. Long High School and Lower Columbia College, then graduated from Central Washington University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Museology minor. In 2007 and 2008, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she was a teacher at the Ban San Faan Children’s Home. She taught English, math, geography, P.E., and home room for the roughly 30 children between pre-school and grade 6. Upon returning to Longview, Danielle began volunteering at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum where she was hired as the Education & Public Programs Coordinator in May of 2009. She is also the Store Manager for the Museum’s small gift shop and the 3rd to 5th grade Sunday school teacher at her church. Danielle delights in working with children and finds nothing more enjoyable then the moment when a child lights up because they have learned something new.

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Bill Watson

Collections Curator

Bill was raised on Mt. Pleasant in rural Cowlitz County, graduating from Kelso High School in 1997.  He received an Associate’s Degree from Lower Columbia College in 1999 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2001.  Bill began volunteering at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in 2003, and was hired as the Curator in 2007.  In 2017 he became an ex-officio member of the Cowlitz County Historic Preservation Committee.  He co-authored the Images of America:  Kelso book and has written several articles for the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly.  Bill was married in 2015 and he and his wife are raising two children.

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