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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

Exploring the Chinook Middle Village with Doug Wilson

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes special guest speaker, Dr. Doug Wilson on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. Wilson will be giving a presentation regarding his most recent archaeological work at the Middle Village.

The Middle Village is a contact-period Chinook Indian village in the estuarine zone near the mouth of the Columbia River. The site contains abundant fur-trade era goods and well-preserved architectural features associated with at least three plank structures. Early fur traders and explorers described the village. It was later used as Lewis & Clark's Station Camp. The Middle Village contains an abundance of wealth itmes and a dearth of productive tools and debris within a traditional Chinook summer village. The archaeological excavations of the site suggest the intensity and context of interaction between the Chinook and the Euro-Ameridan fur traders. Dr. Wilson was awarded the John L. Cotter award for excellence in national park service in archaeology for his work at Middle Village.

Dr. Wilson's research interests include the colonial archaeology of the Pacific Northwest of North America, cultural identity, labor history, method and theory, and public archaeology and cultural resources management. He currently serves as the Historical Archaeologist to the Parterships Program, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service and is the Director of the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute (NCRI), a partnership program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington.

Dr. Wilson continues to explore the historical archaeology of the Pacific Northwest and has a number of projects at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. One of the projects is synthesizing research on the Fort Vancouver Village, a multicultural community that formed the heart of the British fur-trade headquarters post. Archaeological research has been driven by the program's Public Archaeology Field School, which has sampled houses and landscape from the Village to explore the nature of cultural identity, technological change, globalization, and public interpretation. His research has appeared in the Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, Columbia Magazine, and more.

This program is a free event and is open to the public.

You can find more information about Dr. Doug Wilson at


2016 Cottage & Tour Weekend Events

Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

Kelsey Mousley & The Next Right Thing Concert and Reception

Start the Cottage & Garden Tour weekend off on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and "The Next Right Thing" at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Friday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. Tasty morsels will be provided by Newman's at 988 and Sea Level Bakery + Coffee. Tickets for this event are $12. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.


Saturday, September 10, 2016:

Luncheon & Lecture at the Tolovana Inn from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 10th from noon - 1:00 p.m. attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock). This year's lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine, Gray Magazine, Oregon Home Magazine, The Oregonian, and was even selected for a feature custom furniture showcase in the bi-annual furniture show, Show-PDX. Food will be prepared by Oregon Fine Foods of Seaside, Oregon. Following the presentation, attendees will receive their tour map (if they are going on the tour). Tickets for this event are $25. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.


Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Home & Garden Tour

The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th. This year, the tour will take place in the Tolovana Park area of Cannon Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original "tiny house"), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900's. His wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display. If historic cottages aren't your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two. Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Take off your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Kats. Local libations will be flowing thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery. This event is included in the cost of the home and garden tour ticket. Tickets for this event are $30. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.


Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Garden Tea and Presentation

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock) on Sunday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event's guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a naturalist and NW author of "Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener." She is a retired mechanical engineer who came across what appeared to be a garbage fly on a flower, but something seemed a little different. After comparing her photos with those in insect books, she realized that this unfamiliar insect to her was a mason bee (osmia lignaria propinqua local NW mason bee). She continued documenting and researching this little blueblack bee and after a period of time, felt compelled to share her insights and "discoveries" with others who needed to know about its amazing super pollinating abilities. Wright started out with mason bee parties in her home, but the word spread and before she knew it, was traveling throughout the states of Oregon and Washington doing presentations and workshops to colleges, master gardeners, schools, nurseries, The Oregon Garden, and various special interests groups. Wright's presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener. Coffee and tea will be provided courtesy of Sleepy Monk Coffee, along with tasty treats. Tickets for this event are $20. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

*Tickets for each event may be purchased individually or as a weekend package. Weekend packages are $60 with a discount to members, and include all events. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. Many of the events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can. The proceeds of this event allows the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum to continue operating as a donation based museum. It also allows the Museum to continue offering a free lecture series and field trip program, as well as a seasonal acoustic series. For more information about the Cottage & Garden Tour, you can visit the Cottage & Garden Tour part of our website here.


Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is now a part of the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. It is the lastest 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 Meyers Rewards Card to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at You can search for us by our name or by our nonprofit number - 80763.

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 Meyers store.

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Thank You

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors for their continued support of the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. The CBHCM is exceptionally grateful for generous and continuous support provided by our corporate sponsors. With the help of our sponsors, the CBHCM continues to fulfill its mission to preserve the history of Cannon Beach by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical artifacts and memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.


Braemar Charitable Trust awards History Center $10,000

The Braemar Charitable Trust recently awarded the CBHCM with $10,000 to help with the installation of the Cannon Project. These funds will go towards building bases for both the cannon and the capstan.


The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a non-profit, 501 C-3 tax-exempt corporation (I.D. #94-3140644).