At this evening’s “First Thursday” program at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, Nathan Reynolds with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe will present “Smelt—Indian Traditions of Smelt Fishing and Processing along the Lower Columbia River.” Reynolds works as an ecologist for the Cowlitz Indians, and will talk about traditional smelt fishing methods and equipment. He’ll also talk about processing and preservation of the smelt. Reynolds says that even in the pre-contact era, the annual smelt run was an important event for the Cowlitz, both culturally and commercially. With the decline in the smelt runs, the Cowlitz have also been successful in petitioning to have Columbia River Smelt listed under the Endangered Species Act. Tonight’s First Thursday program starts at 7 pm; admission is free.