May is Historic Preservation Month! Members of the Longview Historic Preservation Commission have helped to organize four different events for community members to celebrate and learn about Longview’s history. All events are free and everyone is welcome.
Thursday May 1st
: Cowlitz Historical Museum Program: Return of the Shay. Longview businessman Jeff Wilson will make a presentation on the restoration of the Shay Locomotive, a steam powered locomotive gifted to the City of Longview in the 1940’s. The train sits on the Longview Library’s west lawn, restored in recent years by Wilson and John Chilson. 7 p.m. at Cowlitz County Historical Museum. 405 Allen St. Kelso.
Saturday May 3rd
: YMCA history. The Longview YMCA, built as the Longview Community House will host visitors in the Fireplace Room. New CEO Nancy Hanks will be introduced and a short ceremony will honor local school children who participated in a poster contest. Cake and punch will be served. After, a tour will head across 15th Ave to the Sunken Garden, a landscaped grotto designed as part of the City Beautiful Movement. 10 a.m. at the YMCA. 766 15th Ave, Longview.
Saturday May 10th
: Walking Tour of Old West Side homes. Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber, Longview historian and former mayor, will lead a tour of a few blocks of the city’s Old West Side. Meet at 10 a.m. at Kessler Boulevard and Louisiana Street to join the tour.
Saturday May 17th
: Tour Japanese Island at Lake Sacajawea Park. Former Parks Superintendent Al George will lead a tour of the unique plantings and landscaping in Japanese Garden at Lake Sacajawea. 10 a.m. at entrance to the garden. Japanese Island can be reached from the 1600 Block of Kessler Blvd. Longview.
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