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'Other' Flavel house featured in three-day fund-raiser

Newenhof's Flavel House before any restorations.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Clatsop County Historical Society is host for a three-day “Flavel Fun” series focusing on the family that had such an impact on Astoria’s last century.

The event is sponsored by the society, City Lumber and Newenhof family in honor of Greg Newenhof, who had worked to restore the long-neglected Flavel residence before dying earlier this year. The groups hope to raise money to finish the restoration work.

“A Family Residence in Decline” is the topic of John Goodenberger’s lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Columbian Theater, 1102 Marine Dr. The lecture will trace the lives of Capt. 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 include a few minutes of Flavel home movies.  Tickets are $10 and sold only at the door.

A reception at the Capt. George Conrad Flavel residence is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the home, 627 15th St.

Attendees will view home movies never seen before in public. The films span the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s and capture the family at home and on world travels. Tickets are $75 per person. Space is limited.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. In addition, attendees will be able to bid for wine at the Capt. Flavel home and a catered dinner at the Capt. George Flavel House Museum.

Self-guided tours of the residence are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The public will be able to see work accomplished in the ongoing restoration.

Tickets are $10 for historical society members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 503-325-2203 or e-mail:

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