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The Longview Room

Re-opening September 7th, 2022

Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m.

The Longview Room houses the local history collection of the Longview Public Library and is located on the library mezzanine. Newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, books about Washington (in particular the Southwest part of the State), clippings about the 1980 Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption, local yearbooks, and a large collection of photographs of Longview's founding in the 1920's make up the main parts of the collection. You can view a growing collection of these materials online in our Digital Archive.

5th anniversary celebration. 1st passenger train through Longview. Miss Kelso, Chehalis, Woodland, St. Helen's, Castle Rock, Ilwaco, Chinook stand in front of the locomotive. 1928

Parade of the Northwest, one of the features of the 5th Anniversary celebration, as it appeared from the corner of Broadway and Commerce. This parade was over two miles long and had 125 entries. 1928

Some books are found in the Longview Room only. They are listed in the Online Catalog and are available to view on request but generally cannot be checked out. Ask at the Main Desk on the 2nd floor. Many other titles have copies in regular circulation as well as in the Longview Room; be sure to check the item's location and status in the catalog to see whether it is checked in or out.

Longview Room staff are available to answer your local history questions, by phone, email, or in person by appointment. Call 360.442.5317 or email us.

Row boats on Lake Sacajawea, Kessler School in background. 5th anniversary celebration. 1927    Ship on a Washington dock

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