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Three days of Flavel fun with mansion tours, home movies

Sept. 20-22 raises money for book about family’s history

Published on September 10, 2018 10:08AM

Last changed on September 10, 2018 10:15AM

The Flavel mansion at 627 15th St. as it appeared in the 1920s.

Courtesy Clatsop County Historical Society

The Flavel mansion at 627 15th St. as it appeared in the 1920s.

Greg Newenhof holds up Nellie Flavel’s photograph album.

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Greg Newenhof holds up Nellie Flavel’s photograph album.

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ASTORIA — Clatsop County Historical Society hosts three days of Flavel fun featuring the “other” Flavel house and John Goodenberger, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20 through 22.

Three years ago, Greg Newenhof purchased the long-neglected Capt. George Conrad Flavel residence with the intention of restoring it. When Greg died in January, his brother Jeff conceived a project dedicated to the memory of his brother: a book detailing the history of the Flavel family.

The Newenhof Family and City Lumber Company, in collaboration with the Clatsop County Historical Society, are sponsoring three consecutive events to raise money for that project.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, Goodenberger will present his popular lecture “A Family Residence in Decline” in the Columbian Theater, 1102 Marine Drive.

The lecture will trace the lives of George Flavel’s descendants: reclusive and mysterious, and fodder for endless gossip. “A lot of people run amok with the facts regarding the Flavels,” Goodenberger said. “There’s no need to embellish this story.” The evening will also feature a few minutes of Flavel home movies. Tickets are $10 and sold only at the door.

Then, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, a special reception will be held at the Capt. George Conrad Flavel residence, 627 15th St. Attendees will view newly donated Flavel family home movies never before seen publicly. Spanning the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the films capture the family at home and on world travels. Tickets for the evening are $75 per person. Space is limited. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

In addition, attendees will be able to bid for this once-in-a-lifetime event: wine at the Capt. George Conrad Flavel home, and a catered dinner at the Capt. George Flavel House Museum.

Finally, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 22, the Capt. George Conrad Flavel residence will be open for self-guided tours. The public will be able to see work accomplished in the ongoing restoration. Tickets are $10 for Historical Society members, $25 for nonmembers.

Memberships start at just $35 for individuals, $55 for a family. Members get discounts on events like this, free admission to the Historical Society museums, a subscription to Cumtux and discounts in the CCHS gift shops.

For more information about this event or other Historical Society activities, call 503-325-2203 or email cchs@cumtux.org.


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