Upcoming Museum Events for 2018

Upcoming Museum Events for 2018

June 30th: Desert & Cold War Remembrance Day

July 4th Parade - Centralia

July 21st-22nd: Civil War Battles

July 28th: Volvo Car Show - A Gathering of Volvo Enthusiasts

August 4th: Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day

September 2nd: Rust or shine Car Show

September 22nd: Korean War & POW/MIA Remembrance Day

November 11th: Veterans Day Parade

December 9th: WWII / Pearl Harbor Survivors Dinner


    Coming June 30th

    This years special guest speaker is Peter Hunt who spent ten year in the US Navy as an A-6 Intruder attack pilot.


    12pm - 2pm - Food and Music

    2pm - 3pm - Special Program

  • Peter Hunt was born in New York and spent six years of his childhood in Athens, Greece where he started diving in 1978. He graduated with a history degree from Brown University in 1985 before joining the Navy and training as an A-6 Intruder attack pilot. Hunt completed three aircraft carrier deployments to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific during ten years of active duty. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for combat action during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, Hunt worked as a United Airlines pilot until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005 at age 43. The father of two adult children, Hunt holds a Masters in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructure from the University of Washington and lives with his wife on Whidbey Island, Washington.

    Join us as we honor all who have served during the conflicts in the Middle East and those who stood guard during the Cold War era.


Coming July 21st & 22nd

  • Mark your calendars now for this years Sesquicentennial Celebration of the American Civil War as hundreds of living historians take to the field.

    July 21st 9am - 5pm

    July 22nd 9am - 3pm

    Huge Battles

    Living historian demonstrations throughout the day in the military and civilian camps.

    Historical presentations

    Food vendors available

Volvo Car Show

Coming July 28th

In conjunction with Chehalis Fest, the museum will be hosting a gathering of Volvo enthusiasts. Come by and see Director Chip’s hopped up Volvo station wagon with the huge blower sticking up from the hood. Wanna race?

Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day

Coming August 4th

This years very special guest speaker is Stephanie Hanson Caisse, author of two books telling of the search for her father, killed in Vietnam prior to her birth, and the healing she received through that process.

  • A Corpsman’s Legacy

    Adopted at birth, Stephanie Hanson Caisse began a search for her biological parents and learned her father, Gary Norman Young, was killed in the Vietnam War before she was born. To unravel the mystery of his death, she discovered first-hand from other veterans of her father’s world of courage and bravery as a helicopter crewmember in 1969. She learned of the remarkable relationship that exists between Marines and their Navy Corpsmen, and realized she has now inherited the honor and respect given to her father.

    After years of perseverance, Stephanie finally obtained the medals and honors her father had earned for his service and sacrifice, through the help of veterans, the Marine Corps Commandant and a United States Senator. During her journey, she located the family members of the men who died with her father and helped other veterans and children connect with each other. Embraced by thousands of veterans, she discovered the greatest gift her father left her: the legacy of healing.