Cannon Beach History News
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Congratulations to Shirley Perkins of Astoria, Oregon, who is the winner of the Spring Raffle vase designed by Icefire Glassworks!
Tickets are now available to purchase for the 2015 Cottage & Garden Tour! Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. For more information about this year's Cottage & Garden Tour, click here.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day Live!
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine's tenth 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.
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 oppurtunity 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.
The Museum Day Live! tickets are available to download now and can be downloaded here. 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 Museum Day Live! 2015 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumdayvenues.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.:
Atlas of Human Prehistory: A talk about Human Migration and Dispersals with Dr. Cameron M. Smith
Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and Dr. Cameron M. Smith of Portland State University as they celebrate International Archaeology Day. International Archaeology Day is a day for organizations across the U.S., Canada, and around the world to raise awareness of archaeology and provide opportunities for the public to participate in archaeological activities. Above all, International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and emphasizes the idea that archaeology is everywhere.
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 and is presented in partnership with the Archaeological Institute of America.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. :
What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps - A textile exhibit by Cathy Erickson
Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and Cathy Erickson on Saturday, October 24th for the opening of her solo show, What Remains: Japanese in Internment Camps. The opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation by the textile artist, Cathy Erickson. For over a decade, Erickson has focused her artwork on the hardships that Japanese Americans faced when they were interned in camps during World War II. Much of the work was done in collaboration with Margaret Chula, an internationally known haiku poet. Photographs, letters, and historical documents were used as background information, as well as visiting with people who took part in this piece of American History. The series includes volunteer work at archaeology digs at the Manzanar National Historic Site, which is located in California, as well as work at a local Japanese American Museum.
What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps has shown at the Japanese Gardens in Portland and other areas across the nation. Quilts from the show have also been displayed in Brazil where the artist won a viewer's choice award. The nearly twenty-piece exhibit will explore the stories, experiences, and history behind Japanese Internment Camps in American during World War II through textile art.
This exhibit is part of a series of events relating to the WWII on the Oregon Coast exhibit on display now through February of 2016. The exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.
This textile exhibit has been brought to you by Cannon Beach's Center Diamond, which is coincidentally where Erickson purchased her first piece of fabric. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over 20 years in Cannon Beach. Contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach, and modern fabrics are their focus, but they also have lots of sewing supplies and notions. Look for their custom made Haystack Rock batik and Tufted Puffin babric and buttons - all available only at Center Diamond.
This exhibit will open on Saturday, October 24th and will be on display through February of 2016.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. :
Stormy Weather Trivia and Scavenger Hunt
Back by popular demand is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's trivia contest. 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 7, 2015 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 museums exhibits and displays.
"The event is a combination of scavenger hunt and trivia contest," explains Director, Elaine Trucke-Murdy, "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.
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.
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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