Preserving and Presenting the History of the Naselle-Grays River Area of Southwest Washington
Welcome to the Appelo Archive Center (Museum, Archives, Meeting Rooms & Library)
This is the perfect location for you to find information and do research on photos, cemetery records, Finnish, Swedish and Columbia River History and also find newspapers and books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, including logging, fishing, farming, events, and music.
We invite you to browse our site and also come and visit us in person.
We have a number of wonderful exhibits to view in our small museum, and will be happy to help you with your questions and research.
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Two new books, The Brix Logging Story as well as The Brix Maritime Story, are being released by Peter Brix and Bryan Penttila and we will have both of them at the Center on May 18th for you to have signed and purchase.
The Brix Logging Story: In the woods of Washington and Oregon follows the lives and careers of four German-born brothers who arrived in the big timber country of the lower Columbia River in 1881 with little more than a restless desire to succeed in this new land.
Rare photographs from the family’s archives illustrate the story, together with images shared by historical museums and noted private collectors. Painstaking research was gathered about logging companies and their railroads, producing detailed maps drawn from USGS overlays, aerial imagery, period company maps and on-the-ground investigation.
Written by Bryan Penttila and Peter Brix, this book focuses on the unique legacy the Brix family left on local areas. The Brix Logging Story is an insightful and unique contribution to the literature of Pacific Northwest forest history as well as a testament to the valiant entrepreneurs who helped shape this great region.
The Brix Maritime Story: A Century of Towboating and Barging written by Peter Brix, covers over 100 years of reflecting the growth of logging transportation by water. Brix Maritime (originally, Knappton Towboat Company) became a major contributor to marine transportation in the United States. Recounted by a third generation Brix, who worked from deckhand to CEO in the family business, The Brix Maritime Story is a unique tale. It shows how logging and marine transportation were joined in the early 1900s, with towboats and barges playing a central role in economic growth in Washington and Oregon. As commerce expanded mid-century and locks allowed vessels to pass upriver, Brix boats reached for broader territories and opportunity, ultimately providing service into Idaho, California and Alaska. Photographs of over 260 tugboats are shown, and over 170 barges listed, complete with specifications. For the maritime enthusiast, or anyone interested in a personal history of how one family helped to shape an industry, this book is a must-have.
Both books will be available on the Appelo Archives Center’s web site following the event. For more information or to place an order contact the Appelo Archives Center at 360-484-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 25th 11:00
The Finnish movie for May at the Appelo Archives Center, Tommy and the Wildcat (Poika ja Ilves), will be shown on May 25th at 11:00 am. The AAC is located at 1056 SR 4, 2 miles east of the schools. Directed by Raimo O. Niemi, the film was completed in 1998. It is about a 12 year old boy who moves to a small village in Lapland which was where his mother was raised. She had worked to protect the local lynx, but she had recently died. Tommy’s father is involved in a project to release a captive lynx into the wild. When his project fails, Tommy takes over and regains the trust and respect of his family and the village. The film runs 101 minutes and is appropriate for youth. This version is dubbed in English. There is no admission charge.
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Center Opens Coffee Shop, Cafe & Gift shop
We are pleased to announce that theCenter has expanded its facility to include a larger gift shop and a new cafe. TheCafe and Gift Shop are located in the downstairs level of the Center. The Gift Shopwill be selling books, gifts and on consignment items by members of the community.The new Cafe, run by Beth Johansen, offers homemade soups, artisan breads and bakedgoods Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm."I'm hoping folks will see this as a gathering place for the community,"Beth Johansen commented. "I'd also like to seegroups meeting here and folks feeling free to use the tables and space for workingor just meeting friends over a cup of good coffee," she added.Samantha Hollo, manager, will be setting up the consignments andsales areas so those coming to the Cafe will have plenty of space to peruse throughthe books and wander through the items for sale.Lisa Bighill is a regular customer at the Cafe. She commented that she comes for"the pleasant, warm fellowship." She also said, "It's a place to meet with neighborsand find out what's going on in the area."Each day Beth prepares a different soup and usually there is some kind of Finnish bread available.For more information on the Cafe, and the consignment opportunities at the Gift Shop contact the Center.
Hyvää kevään odotusta kaikille!
(Happy Spring to you all!)
Good News! You can now become a member of the Appelo Archives!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Archive Center, you can use the attached card to apply. The benefits are great! 10% off all books, invitations to special events and of course the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve local history.
Our entrance is next to the Water Department in Naselle.
It's on the ground floor of the Appelo Plaza
Browse the books and gifts and come upstairs to see the rest of our displays and to complete your purchases.
There are hundreds of pictures and articles at the center and students, researchers and visitors interested in the area's history are most welcome to access it all. Wi-Fi is available and there are plenty of tables for laying out maps and newspapers.. With the renovation of the Center's main room, lectures are being planned and groups wishing to use the new "Heritage Room" on the main floor for meetings are welcome to contact the Center.