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Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.:

Oregon Visions Art Exhibit Opening

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has become well-known for its displays of beautiful textile work, but the organization likes to spread its wings every now and again. This fall, we are looking forward to hosing an exhibit by Stirling Gorsuch. On Saturday, October 8, Gorsuch's latest exhibit, "Oregon Visions" opens at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Gorsuch is a Cannon Beach native and rising star in the art community with his printed creations.

The pieces for "Oregon Visions" span the last few years of his work, which was inspired by the beautiful contrasting landscapes of Oregon. Gorsuch says, "My choice to focus on landscape in my work originated from my upbringing in Cannon Beach." He memoralizes time spent by a bonfire, stargazing, hiking soggy trails, and surfing frigid Pacific summer waters. Gorsuch also spent several years in Bend, an area that has become as much of an inspiration as Cannon Beach with its drastically different seasons, raging forest fires, and snowy blizzards. These "intense natural phenomena became central themes in my work."

Over the years, Gorsuch says that he has experienced "a shift in how I perceived landscape, not just as a place, but also as a subject for further investigation into how time shapes environments."

In a word, "Oregon Visions" is Oregon. Oregon now and Oregon as it was. Inspired, breathtaking, and beautiful. His prints integrate landscapes that we know and love with angular and geometric shapes creating iconographic symbols, such as a four-paned window. Now living in Portland, Gorsuch balances his time between the coast and the desert and is inspired by both. Don't miss your opportunity to meet this talented and humbled artist at the "Oregon Visions" opening on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy tasty morsels and libations. The exhibit will be on display at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum for a relatively short time, just through November.



Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

Trivia and Museum Scavenger Hunt Strikes Again!

Back by popular demand is the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's trivia contest event. This family friendly event is a great way to bond or to compete for the highest prize. The one-day event takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The contest works like this. Each competitor may purchase a single trivia card for $2. Each card contains ten questions that must be answered while in the Museum. No cell phone or internet searches are allowed! All of the questions are contained within the Museum's exhibits and displays.

"The event is a combination of scavenger hunt and trivia contest," explains Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke, "the answer to every single question are contained within the Museum's exhibits, even the bonus questions."

Those who answer all ten questions correctly will win a prize. You can only win once, but you will win! The staff and volunteers will make sure of that. While they cannot give you answers, they can guide you in the right direction.

The Museum will offer brain food in the form of Sleepy Monk coffee and a few light snacks. Writing materials and writing stations are provided throughout the Museum.



Friday, November 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

Hometown Tourism Day

Pacific and Clatsop Counties are known throughout the region for their tourist attractions, but how long as his been since you visited these sites? If it has been a while since you've been a "local tourist," then Hometown Tourism Day might be just the ticket for you. Several local sites are working together to offer free or reduced admissions or special offers on this day to encourage their neighbors to come and see what they have to offer. Here is a list of the special activities available this sixth annual Hometown Tourism Day.

  • Northwest Carriage Museum - 314 Alder Street, Raymond, Washington - $1.00 off admission and 10% gift shop discount, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pacific County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center - milepost 54, Hwy 101, South Bend, Washington - free admission, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Cranberry Museum - 2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach, Washington - free admission, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • World Kite Museum - 303 Sid Snyder Drive West, Long Beach, Washington - free admission, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau - 3914 Pacific Way, Seaview, Washington - free canvas bag filled with information on local sites, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cape Disappointment State Park - Ilwaco, Washington - free park admission, $5 admission to Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum - 115 SE Lake Street, Ilwaco, Washington - free admission, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Fort Columbia State Park - Chinook, Washington - free admission to the grounds including trails, dawn to dusk
  • Knappton Cove Heritage Center, Washington, 3 miles east of Astoria Bridge - free admission, cider and cookies, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Astoria Riverfront Trolley - board at any trolley stop from Basin Street to 39th, Astoria, Oregon - ride for free, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Hanthorn Cannery Museum at Pier 39 - 100 39th Street, Astoria, Oregon - free admission - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum - 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon - free Quarter Deck magazine for local residents, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Astoria Column - Astoria, Oregon - celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, free parking, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park - Fort Clatsop, 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, Oregon - free admission and ranger programs, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fort Stevens State Park - Warrenton, Oregon - Wild Mushroom Hike, meet at Battery Russell, 1:00 p.m.
  • Seaside Museum and Historical Society - 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside, Oregon - free admission, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Cannon Beach History Center and Museum - 1387 S. Spruce St., Cannon Beach, Oregon - free admission, cookies and coffee, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is now a part of the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. It is the latest addition to the Fred Meyers Rewards Program where you can earn donations for your favorite nonprofit just by shopping with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer will donate $2.5 million to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2016 through this program.

Here's how it works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards Program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at You can search for us by our name or by our nonprofit number - 80763.  *If you have already registered, you will need to re-link your card. You can follow the same steps as you would to sign up.

Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping us earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates just as you do today.

If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store.

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When you shop at, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Cannon Beach Historical Society. It's that easy to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you! Click here to sign up.

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