Sustainable Feast, OSU’s Art about Agriculture exhibit comes to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

Art About Agriculture’s annual exhibition of agriculture and natural resource-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences will run at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center from August 5 to September 30, 2022.

The theme of the 39th annual juried competition and touring exhibition is “Sustainable Feast,” and it presents art from Northwest artists whose work explores food production and consumption, sustainability, diversity and innovation in our food system.

This year’s open call for artwork received 290 responses from artists in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The tour will include artwork by artists from 12 Oregon counties, five Washington counties and one county in Hawai’i.

“I am continually inspired by the many varied interpretations of our calls to artists to submit creative work for the Art About Ag program,” said Owen Premore, directing curator of the program. “The ability for art to uniquely capture the tension between demanding economies and delicate ecosystems as we ponder the meaning of a ‘sustainable feast’ is truly powerful.”

Read the full press release.

Susan Tissot Hired as new Executive Director

The Lincoln County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Susan M.G. Tissot as the new executive director of their organization as of May 2, 2022. Tissot is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Tissot is no stranger to Lincoln County, as she previously worked at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the 1980s in exhibit development.

Returning to her professional roots with more than 30 years of experience, including 19 years of executive director experience in museums in five western states — including Clark County, Wash., and Coos Bay, Ore. — Tissot brings with her an impressive list of qualifications in museum development, grant writing, fundraising and nonprofit management. 

Read the Newport News Times article

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.