Cannon Beach History News
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Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. :
Atlas of Human Prehistory: A Talk about Human Migration and Dispersals with Dr. Cameron Smith
Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and Dr. Cameron M. Smith, of Portland State University on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation on human migration.
Dr. Smith will be presenting human migrations and dispersals over the past two million years, which is the topic of Smith's latest book, Atlas of Human Prehistory. Over the years, Dr. Smith has published several books on varying topics from evolution to space exploration. Dr. Smith has a PhD in Archaeology from Canada's Simon Fraser University and is a respected scholar who has published scientific works in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology Magazine, South American Explorer, Spaceflight, Skeptical Inquirer, The Next Step, The Bulletin of Primitive Technology, and in Scientific American. He has also appeared on PBS, The History Channel, and on the National Geographic Channel.
Don't miss this engaging and active presenter who has spoken on various topics around the world. This event is free and open to the public. Seating for this event is limited.
Lodging for this event has been provided by Sea Breeze Court!
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. :
Winter Blues Concert with Lauren Sheehan
On Friday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcomes an American great! Sheehan is a multi-talented blues and folk musician. She plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo while singing. She is a charismatic ‘songster’, an interpreter of songs learned from some of America’s greatest folk and blues artists. She slides through old lyrics like clear water through a smooth creak bed. According to Reed Magazine (2/08), “Lauren [Sheehan] has the authenticity, the sound and the knowledge of the folk/blues genre that other acts can only aspire to."
Sheehan gives memorable performances of old boozy Memphis blues, to old time banjo tunes, to old country songs and electric modern folk. She studied classical guitar as a child and became infected by the spirit of the fiddle. She wrote her thesis at Reed College on American Folk music before spending a number of years playing in small ensembles. She brings a passion and knowledge to each performance that adds a feeling of authenticity.
"The first thing that strikes me is the beauty and clarity of Lauren's voice. It's like discovering some new instrument that combines qualities of fiddle and clarinet, fresh but with deep roots, accompanied by some pretty impressive guitar work. Lauren's music is rich with ingredients that nourish the human spirit." - Phil Wiggins, of Cephas and Wiggins
Her 2011 release 'Rose City Ramble' reached the "Top 10" on the folk radio charts. In 2015, Sheehan released two new albums “Lauren Sheehan: Songster Roots of Americana” and another album that she did with her daughter called “Tillamook Burn”, which reached number six on folk radio. She has performed all over the United States, and appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show 'River City Folk'. 'Rose City Ramble' is Sheehan's third full-length release. She is also a regular at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this versatile performer in a warm and unique setting. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $2 for children. Complimentary snacks and wine will be available.
Tickets for this concert can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.
Saturday, March 12, 2016:
Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! Special Edition
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, March 12, 2016 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. New for March 2016 is a special edition of Museum Day Live!, providing an opportunity to the public, especially women and girls throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life. Held during Women's History Month, this “special edition” of Smithsonian’s signature “Museum Day Live!” event will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries—which will offer free admission for the day.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.
“While the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is as far away from Washington D.C. as you can get, we love the idea of a day dedicated to museums,” says Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke.
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located in the mid-town area of Cannon Beach. Though the museum is small, it has big ambitions. In 2011, they were one of the smallest museum’s to host the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit Earth from Space. They are currently showcasing two temporary exhibits: one on “World War II on the Oregon Coast” and a textile exhibit about “Japanese Americans in Internment Camps.” Permanent exhibits feature a Native American Longhouse replica, history of Cannon Beach, and features Herman the logger as part of an Oregon logging exhibit. The Museum hosts a free lecture and an off-season concert series, February through June, that caters to the community at large by bringing musicians from all over the United States to perform in their event space. If you’ve never been, this is a great excuse to visit.
The Museum Day Live! tickets are currently available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about the special edition of Museum Day Live! 2016 and a list of participating museum and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumdayvenues.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:
6000 Years on the Edge: History and Prehistory of the Oregon Coast Trail
Join us at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum as we welcome author Bonnie Henderson. Henderson is the author of four books, including the newly released second edition of Day Hiking: Oregon Coast, which includes a comprehensive guide to the Oregon Coast Trail. The OCT is unique in the nation: a border-to-border shoreline trail incorporating more than 200 miles of sandy beach linked by footpaths over headlands and boat shuttles across bay mouths. It was first conceived in the late 1950s and was declared "hikeable" by Oregon State Parks in 1988. But that's just the history; what about the prehistory? Obviously humans have been walking on the Oregon Coast Trail - or something like it - much longer than that. How long? And for how long has the Oregon Coast been where it is today? It turns out that scientific consensus on both questions has evolved radically in just the past few years, thanks to ground-breaking research in archaeology and paleogeology, much of it by Oregon scientists.
Henderson is author of the critically acclaimed The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast (Oregon State University Press: 2014). Her 2008 book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris (OSU Press) was listed as a Best Book of 2008 by the Seattle Times and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Awards. She is also the author of two popular hiking guidebooks from Moutaineer Books: Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon, now in its third edition, and Day Hiking: Oregon Coast.
Her varied journalism career has included newspaper and magazing writing and editing. Today, she is primarily focused on exploring the intersection of the natural world and the human experience close to home. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:
Jazz with John Stowell
World renowned jazz guitarist, John Stowell returns to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Museum's annual acoustic series. Stowell began his career in the early 1970's with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. He is an internationally renowned performer and has been welcomed to Australia and all over Europe. He was the first American Jazz performer to appear in Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Stowell continues to tour, record, and teach internationally. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentinia, the United States, and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Souncheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).
Stowell's, Through the Looking Glass with David Friesen was designated one of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner, and he was chosen as a "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat's International Critic's Poll in 1978 and 1979. He has appeared on BET'S Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.
"More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how." - Herb Ellis
Stowell is one of the Museum's most popular performers. The event space creates an intimate setting that produces a sound warm enough to wrap up in. Steating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. Tickets are $12 for adults and $2.00 for children. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.
Don't miss John Stowell on Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. Get your tickets now!
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:
Daniel Bennet Group Concert
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is excited to announce the Oregon debut of the Daniel Bennet Group on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. The Museum offers a uniquely intimate setting to see the group, so get your tickets well in advance. Manhattan based saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Daniel Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. The Daniel Bennett Group performs modern Jazz fused with elements of American Folk and experimental classical music.
The Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted "Best New Jazz Group" in New York City Hot House Magazine. Yahoo Voices calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." Daniel Bennett is currently touring with renowned guitarist Nat Janoff and master percussionist Matthew Feick on drums. The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repitition." The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism." Time Out New York describes the music as "hypnotic."
The band has released six critically-acclaimed albums: A Nation of Bears, The Legend of Bear Thompson, Peace and Stability Among Bears, Live at the Theatre, Clockhead Goes to Camp, and The Mystery at Clown Castle. Daniel Bennett is very active in the New York City musical theater scene. Daniel Bennett recently composed the musical score for stage adaptations of Frankenstein and Brave Smiles at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Daniel Bennett recently played Woodwinks in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. The New York Times called the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!" Daniel Bennett's theatrical works have strongly influenced his eclectic sound and musical storytelling abilities as a bandleader. The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, NPR, First Coast Living (NBC), Indianapolis Public Radio, St. Louis Public Radio, and the Village Voice. Visit www.danielbennettgroup.com to learn more about this amazing group.
Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.
Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:
Paul Dueber Concert
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is excited to welcome local musician, Paul Dueber on Friday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. Paul Dueber has been performing locally for decades. He bought his current guitar at Portland Music when got out of the Marines in 1968. Paul sings songs in the tradition of Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, and Paul Simon. Dueber has played for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival event, at the Coaster Theatre for the Songwriters’ Hootenanny, among other venues.
Beyond music at concerts, pubs, galleries, and restaurants in town, Dueber has been instrumental in encouraging entertainers in public spaces like Sandpiper Square, where he and his wife, Margo have long owned businesses.
“Dueber is a fine musician. He plays full, gentle chords on a warm, curvy Guild 12-string guitar that looks like an old friend. His contagious enthusiasm for honest music continues to spread.” – Jon Broderick, Coast Weekend
That a guy who thinks he sounds best alone in a dark room should take so passionately to public performance is the result of his long and happy career in local theater.
The event space creates an intimate setting that produces a sound warm enough to wrap up in. Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:
Na Rosai Irish Concert
Join us on Friday, June 17th for the season finale of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's acoustic series. Toe-tapping, shoe-stomping, all around good time with Na Rosai.
Na Rosai will be making their coastal debut, so come welcome them. The group, made up of four blokes, is based out of Portland, Oregon. In 2010, Erik Killops returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon after receiving his bachelors degree in Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Shortly after he met recent New Jersey transplant, and bouzouki player, Richie Rosencrans and California native, and uilleann piper, Preston Howard at sessions around Portland. All three were eager to start a project and discovered common interests in regards to traditional music. After a few house gatherings, a weekly performance began at local watering hole the East Burn. In the fall of 2012 flute player Conor O'Bryan moved to Portland from Chico, California and immediately joined the ranks of the band.
In the Fall of 2014 Na Rósaí released their debut album featuring an eclectic mix of traditional Irish music, old time Appalachian tunes, and a set of Breton and French tunes.
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum offers a uniquely intimate setting that is perfect for such a rich sounding group. Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available through the online gift shop, by phone (503-436-9301), or in person. Tickets are $12.00 adults and $2.00 children, complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.
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.
Oregon Humanities (OH) awards HC $2,800 for WWII on the Oregon Coast Exhibit
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum was awarded funds from the Oregon Humanities (OH) for the funding of the exhibit on WWII on the Oregon Coast. OH is a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.
The Braemar Charitable Trust awards HC $10,000 for the Save Our Cannon Project
The Braemar Charitable Trust has graciously awarded the History Center $10,000. These costs will be used to help cover the costs of the preservation by installing a temperature a humidity controlled exhibit within the museum for the cannon and the capstan from the USS Shark. These artifiacts are important community icons that need to be preserved for future generations. A great big thank you to the Braemar Charitable Trust for the generous support!
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.
Our Generous Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors who have contributed to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum over the past couple of years. With their support and contribution, the Museum is able to share and preserve the rich history of Arch Cape and Cannon Beach. For more information on ways to donate or to become a sponsor, click here.
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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