Hello from the History Department – In the early 1970s, scholar and Longview, WA, resident Judith Irwin (1924–2010) helped record the Cowlitz history. At the time of her passing, she was one of only two non-Cowlitz Indians to be named an honorary member of the tribe. This piece was excerpted from Irwin’s article, “The Dispossessed:…

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Hello from the History Department. We gathered a lot of fantastic stories from and about the people who joined and worked at Tacoma’s Elks Lodge – this tale is one of them. ***** What is known for certain about the life of Walter Sutter is that he was a popular and very involved member of…

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Hello from the History Department. We are fortunate here with McMenamins to be able to juxtapose history with all that we do – from the beer to the art, to the music and food and beyond, we bring interesting historical connections to light. Or, in this case, to flight. Yet also in this case, lack…

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Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Hint: This was taken in 1985. Property #2 Hint: Bring your own chalk. Property #3 Hint: It’s the first spot we built from the ground up. Property #4 Hint: “Everything’s great ‘til you tow a judge’s car.” Property #5…

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