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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 a home that was part of the original Warren homestead. 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.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 24, 2016, as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s 12th 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 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:  From the Vault, which features artifacts from depths of the museum’s archives, and a textile exhibit, entitled Coastal Reflections by Mary Arnold.  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, January through May 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  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! 2016 and a list of participating museum and cultural institutions, please visit:




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.







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). 

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