New Exhibit Opening at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

FINDING OUR WAY: Navigating Life at the Edge explores Lincoln County’s shared maritime past

The Lincoln County Historical Society is excited to announce the opening of our new exhibit FINDING OUR WAY: Navigating Life at the Edge on September 17, 2021. Exhibitions staff are looking forward to sharing a fresh look and exciting new research in the main gallery at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. FINDING OUR WAY will include new artifacts, photographs, and displays about the culture and history of life along Lincoln County’s coastline and waterways. Visitors will learn more about the challenges and accomplishments of Lincoln County’s early residents presented through a narrative that honors diverse perspectives.

A free public opening reception is currently scheduled for September 17, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend.

Onsite parking is available, and all Historical Society buildings are wheelchair accessible.

New Pedestrian Access to Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

The ribbon cutting on July 1st officially opened the pathway

The Lincoln County Historical Society welcomed the public to celebrate the completion of a new pedestrian pathway from Bayfront Boulevard and greatly improved driveway access. The brief ceremony was well attended and marked the public reopening of the facility. The Heritage Center is already seeing an increase in attendance from these improvements and LCHS looks forward to a busy summer season.

On behalf of the LCHS staff and board, we want to thank the following for their generosity so far in helping us complete this much needed project: the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for financial backing of this program through their annual community grant program; Leo’s Excavation for their donation of time and equipment above and beyond their bid; the Port of Newport for donating their time and equipment in assisting with our light installation; Allen’s Lot Maintenance; Michael Dean with Tradenet Concrete; and Dan Van Calcar of Soderstrom Architects for donating his time creating plans, designs and providing expertise. Additional funding or assistance for this project has generously come from the R. Barry Fisher & Carol Fisher Living Trust, Estate of Lorraine Jones, Estate of Mark Sponenburgh, Crab Krack 2020 donors, Robert and Jerryann Olson, Paul Stangeland, Port of Toledo, Central Lincoln and others. Thanks also to the Fund-a-Foot donors to the project which includes Paul & Jean Amundson, James & Victoria Bassingthwaite, Dorothy Bogumil, Eunice Forinash, Pat Lewis, James Marshall, Ramona Martin Agate Beach Golf, Mark & Sheri Miranda, and Sara Schrieber

We also wish to thank our members and volunteers for their continued support over the past year. Please visit our Join & Support page to learn more about supporting local history and heritage in Lincoln County. 

LCHS Facilities Reopening 2021

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center Reopens

We are happy to announce that the Lincoln County Historical Society will be reopening the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center to the public starting July 1, 2021. The facility located at 333 SE Bay Blvd will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking is located next to the museum entrance.

The Log Cabin Research Archives will be open for in person research appointments starting the end of July, 2021. The Burrows House Museum will reopen with renovated exhibits in Fall, 2021.

The LCHS staff and board have been hard at work over the past year on a variety of improvements to our facilities and are excited to welcome in the public once more. While we will not be holding our usual 4th of July fireworks reception at the PMHC this year, we will be open during normal museum hours until 4:00 pm on the 4th with free admission for members for the day, $5 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under free.

LCHS Annual Meeting

Historical Society Annual Meeting

In consideration of the current pandemic, the LCHS Board of Directors invites you to participate in the Lincoln County Historical Society Annual Meeting via Zoom on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

We will have our annual update on LCHS business for our membership and hold our board elections. We will also be hosting a preview of our two latest Ebb & Flow videos “The Bayley Mansion” and “The Copeland Collection” with Kevin Raichl, a noted Oregon videographer and executive producer. These videos were created with funding from the 2019 Oregon Heritage Commission Grant.

To attend the meeting, register for access over Zoom at the link below. If you are new to Zoom, you will be prompted to sign up for a free account. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Everyone that registers will automatically be entered in a raffle at the meeting to win a basket of prizes!

Photo: Nye Beach Crowd, circa 1910

LCHS Announces New Executive Director

Faith Kreskey Takes the Helm

The Lincoln County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Faith Kreskey as the new Executive Director of our organization. Kreskey takes over from Steve Wyatt who led the organization for eight years before his retirement in March 2020.  Kreskey has over ten years of experience as a museum professional and was previously head of the Curatorial Department at the Lane County History Museum in Eugene. On her work in museums and historical organizations “I have a true passion for the inspiring and collaborative environment museums provide and am personally dedicated to history education and preservation.”

A lifelong Oregonian who grew up in Reedsport, Kreskey is excited to return to the coast. She also looks forward to the new opportunities to explore the history of Lincoln County and share the stories of our past with the community. On her approach to local history Kreskey says “My focus is always on how our ties to place bring us together, and what we can learn from the lives and actions of those who came before us.”