Cannon Beach History News
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Spring Raffle - through May 29, 2015
For the first time ever the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is having a Spring Raffle. In order to help raise funds to build a new and improved exhibit for the original Cannon Beach cannon, Icefire Glassworks has graciously donated the beautiful vase that is pictured above with the cannon replica from the Museum's garden. The vase is a beautiful swirl of yellows, blues, and deep reds and ombres. It's absolutely fabulous, but what isn't from the talented Jim Kingwell?
Since 1971, Jim Kingwell has been creating incredible glass art, and is a trained potter and self-trained sculpturist. Icefire Glassworks is located in the old Van Vleet Logging building at the corner of Gower Street and Hemlock. At Icefire Glassworks, visitors can watch as glass artists Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland create vessels with dramatic colors. They want to educate their audience while at the same time get some real work done.
For just $5.00 per ticket, the magnificent piece of artwork you see above could be yours! The drawing will take place at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, May 29th at the Acoustic Folk! Music Series Season Finale. The Acoustic Folk! season ends with Museum favorite, Beth Willis and Todd Chatalas. Willis was honored at the Portland Music Awards in 2012 with the award for Best Female Artist. The Oregonian says, "Willis' full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock, and western influences..."
The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and the drawing will take place during intermission. You do not have to be present to win!
Tickets are just $5.00 and can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum or through the online gift shop.
With your help and Icefire's generosity, we hope that we can make this the largest fundraising event ever for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.
WWII on the Oregon Coast Exhibit Opening - Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
On December 7, 1941, citizens across the nation heard the shocking news. Pearl Harbor had been attacked by Japan. World War II had begun. No matter how small the town, the repercussions of this war echoed across the nation. Cannon Beach and other coastal towns were no exception.
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open their latest exhibit, WWII on the Oregon Coast on Friday and Saturday, May 22nd and 23rd at 7:00 p.m. with two presentations by local historians, authors, and documentarians. Friday's presentation will be given at 7:00 p.m. by Alisha Hamel who will be giving a presentation on Oregon's role during WWII. Hamel is a member of the Oregon National Guard's historic outreach program. She is well known for her acclaimed documentary, "The Jungleers" about Oregon's military role in combat.
Saturday's presentation will be given at 7:00 p.m. by professor Ellen Eisenberg who will be presenting her latest book, The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII. Eisenberg has taught in the History Department since 1990, and holds the Dwight and Margaret Lear Chair in American History. She teaches courses on American history since the Civil War, American social history, American Jewish history, American immigration history, the 1960s, Reconstruction, the Holocaust, and a research seminar called History in the Archives.
The next presentation will take place on Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. and will be a panel discussion put on by the History Center and the Oregon Historical Society. Panelists will offer carefully prepared presentations, leaving plenty of time for audience questions and discussions. Dr. Laura Jane Gifford is a historian of modern American politics with a special interest in the unique dynamics of Oregon's political landscape. Steve McQuiddy is the author of Here on the Edge, the story of how a small group of World War II conscientious objectors plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s; he writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of Pacific Northwest history. Dr. David G. Lewis is an independent educator, author, and anthropology researcher who lives in Salem, Oregon, in the homeland of his people, the Santiam Kalapuya.
The exhibit will share a collection of stories and memories from the Oregon Coast of those who lived and served during the war. The goal of the exhibit is to shed light on events that occurred on the Oregon Coast, while exploring how the war impacted the state and its coastal communities.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affilliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.
Oregon Transformed: WWII Legacies on the Coast - Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The "Oregon Transformed" series considers long-term impacts of World War II in local regions across the state within broad thematic frameworks. Presenters in Cannon Beach will address the theme of "consent and dissent" by discussing subjects including Conscientious Objectors who lived and worked on the coast during the war, the attck on Fort Stevens, its treatment by policymakers and the media, and the work of Tribes during the war and their Termination in the post-war period. Panelists will offer carefully prepared presentations, leaving plenty of time for audience questions and discussions.
This program is presented in association with the Oregon Historical Society's exhibit WWII: A World at War, A State Transformed, and the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's exhibit WWII on the Oregon Coast, which celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII by exploring the events and emotions of a state at war. Dr. Laura Jane Gifford is a historian of modern American politics with a special interest in the unique dynamics of Oregon's political landscape. Steve McQuiddy is the author of Here on the Edge, the story of how a small group of World War II conscientious objectors plowed the ground for social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s; he writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of Pacific Northwest history. Dr. David G. Lewis is an independent educator, author, and anthropology researcher who lives in Salem, Oregon, in the homeland of his people, the Santiam Kalapuya.
The event will take place at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. The Museum is located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Seating for this event will be limited. For more information about this event, visit the Oregon Historical Society or the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's websites, or call 503-436-9301.
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 latest addition to the Fred Meyer 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 2014 through this new 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 http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit 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 of any Fred Meyer store.
Amazon.com's Smile Program
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has recently partnered with Amazon.com's Smile Program. When you visit AmazonSmile.com you can make purchases and still support a local business - us! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon.com, but with the added ability for shoppers to support the charitable organization of their choice.
When you shop at AmazonSmile.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile.com 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.
The Museum has recently partnered with GreatNonprofits.org, a website dedicated to nonprofit organizations to help inspire and inform prospective donors and volunteers and to promote greater nonprofit excellence through feedback and transparency.
If you've ever toured the Museum, are a member or volunteer at the Museum, or have been to any of our events, then feel free to take just a couple of minutes to give us a review by clicking on this link. By reviewing, you're also helping us gain a GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award. Your review is greatly appreciated!
TAF grant awards HC $14,200 for the 2015 Cottage & Garden Tour
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum was awarded funds from the Tourism and Arts Fund for marketing and development of the 2015 Cottage & Garden Tour. A big thank you to the City of Cannon Beach for funding our major fundraiser! Contact us and ask to join our Cottage & Garden Tour mailing list. Tickets will be available to purchase July 1, 2015.
Special Thanks To...
Over the last year, local lodging facilities (Vacasa Vacation Rentals, Inn at Cannon Beach, Seasprite, Lands End at Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, Sea Breeze Court, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Arch Cape Inn, The Waves, Ocean Lodge, Tolovana Inn, Bob & Sandi Lundy, and the Surfsand Resort) have hosted guest speakers and musicians. This has allowed us to partner with Oregon Humanities to host not one, but two Conversation Projects - and to welcome talented writers, filmmakers, and musicians from all over the Pacific Northwest.
The Clark Foundation awards HC $10,000 for the Save Our Cannon Project
The Clark Foundation of Oregon has graciously awarded the Cannon Beach History Center $10,000. These funds will be used to cover the costs of the preservation and conservation of both the original Cannon Beach cannon and the capstan from the USS Shark. These artifacts are important community icons that are in desperate need of repair. A great big thank you to the Clark Foundation for their generous support!
Kinsman Foundation awards HC $10,000 for the Save Our Cannon Project
The Kinsman Foundation has graciously awarded the Cannon Beach History Center $10,000. These funds will be used to cover the costs of the preservation and conservation of both the original Cannon Beach cannon and the capstan from the USS Shark. These artifacts are important community icons that are in desperate need of repair. A great big thank you to the Kinsman Foundation!
Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awards HC $5,000
Earlier this year, Fred Fields left a substantial gift to The Oregon Community Foundation with the direction to use this permanent fund to support education and the arts in Oregon. The History Center is the recipient of one of these grants!
Clatsop County Coalition awards HC $750 for the Save Our Cannon Project
The Clatsop County Coalition has awarded the Cannon Beach History Center $750. These funds will be used to fund an exhibit that will be on display while the carronade and capstan, currently housed at the History Center are at Texas A & M University. To help fund this important project visit the museum giftshop and click on the support us link! Contact us for more information about this project.
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