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.”

LCHS Facility Closures

Concerns for public safety dictate the Lincoln County Historical Society close its facilities to the public: the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Burrows House Museum, and Log Cabin Research Center.

This closure is in effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Use caution, be healthy.

Thanks 2020 Crab Krack Supporters!

The Lincoln County Historical Society thanks all the 2020 Crab Krack attendees and contributors. About $15,000 was raised for renovations to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Event Sponsors:
  • Agate Beach Inn Best Western
  • Bigfoot Beverages
  • Chalet Restaurant and Bakery
  • James & Victoria Bassingthwaite
  • Mo’s Enterprises, Inc.
  • Newport Crab Fishermen
  • Newport Processing Plants
  • Pacific Shrimp
Crab Donors:
  • F/V Anona Kay – John Boardman
  • F/V Big Wave – Brad Benner, Ryan Barrett
  • F/V Eddie & Rod – Justin & Sarah Yager
  • F/V Excalibur – Mike & Kelly Retherford
  • F/V Lady Kaye – Ted & Kim Gibson
  • F/V Michele Ann – Poggy & Raysha Lapham
  • F/V Miss Berdie – Tom Stam, Stan Schones
  • F/V MS Law – Gene & Terri Law
  • F/V Patriot – Mike & Karen Pettis
  • F/V Sarah Belle – Justin & Sandy Yager
  • F/V Tempo – Doug & Christina Morrison
  • F/V Timmy Boy – Bob & Michele Eder
  • F/V Zora Belle – Craig & Kelley Stolz
  • Celestial Seafood – Scott Lager
  • Curry Marine – Tom & Marjorie Curry
Oral Auction Donors: 
  • Bill Turner  
  • David Miller/Oregon Coast Broadcasting Center 
  • Jean Amundson
  • Roby’s Furniture 
  • Rogue Ales & Spirits  
  • Terry Thompson 
  • Chuck Forinash
  • Toldeo Community Boat House 
Silent Auction Donors:
  • Animal Medical Care 
  • Bank of the West 
  • Barrelhead Supply 
  • Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse 
  • Bruce Koike 
  • Café Stephanie 
  • Chalet Restaurant & Bakery 
  • Chinook Winds Casino & Resort 
  • Cohen & Park 
  • E Douglas Sheldon 
  • Englund Marine Supply 
  • Fishtails Cafe 
  • Frank Geltner
  • Grove Veterinary Clinic 
  • Hallmark Resort 
  • James & Victoria Bassingthwaite 
  • Lincoln County Historical Society 
  • Local Ocean 
  • Marine Discovery Tours 
  • Nana’s Irish Pub 
  • Newport Symphony 
  • Newport Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach 
  • Oregon Boating Foundation 
  • Oregon Coast Council for the Arts 
  • Pig-n-Pancake 
  • Port of Toldeo 
  • Rogue Ales & Spirits 
  • Sunwest Honda Mazda 
  • Sylvia Beach Hotel – Tables of Content
  • Toledo Clayworks 
  • tu-tu-tu kitchenware cottage 
  • Umpqua Bank


12th Annual Crab Krack

Lincoln County Historical Society’s Annual Crab Krack
4pm, Sunday, February 9th
at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport

Treat yourself to a super delicious locally caught Dungeness crab dinner and live music in the company of your friends and neighbors. Each year, crab for this event is graciously donated by the Yaquina Bay commercial fishing community. The generosity of a long list of local restaurants and merchants also help make this annual event possible.

This whole crab feast includes various side dishes, an array of desserts, no-host bar, live music by Sons of Beaches, and both a silent and oral auction with special guest auctioneer Representative David Gomberg.

Event proceeds benefit completion of renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

The Agate Beach Inn is offering a special rate for guests attending the festivities, and reservations can be made by calling 541-265-9411, or 800-547-3310 and mentioning “Crab Krack” to get the special rate.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Burrows House and Pacific Maritime Heritage Museums. Cost for Historical Society members is $45 per person, for non-members, $55. Memberships start as low as $20 a year. To become a Member or for more information, to purchase tickets by phone, or reserve your table for 8, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509.



Gyotaku Workshop with Bruce Koike

At the Maritime Museum
Saturday, January 25, 10am-1pm

Bruce Koike

This always popular workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Japanese technique of fish printing called Gyotaku. The workshop focuses on fish, though there will be opportunities to print other things.

After an initial orientation and demonstration, participants will make their own monochrome (single color) print. Instructor Bruce Koike will then be available one-on-one to critique your print with an eye to refining your technique. The goal of the workshop is for everyone to produce a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing.

Provided at the hands-on workshop are the necessary rice paper, acrylic paints, brushes and, of course, the specimens to be printed. Participants should bring an open mind and enthusiasm to try something new. The final portion of the workshop will focus on the crucial stage of painting eyes on the fish.

Instructor Bruce Koike first learned the technique over 30 years ago and has printed more than 400 different plants and aquatic life, principally fish. Koike has shown his works at venues such as the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, the Bellevue Art and Craft Festival, Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and the Blackfish Café (Lincoln City). A Mahi mahi fish print currently hangs in the meeting room of the NOAA vessel, Bell M. Shimada that is home ported in Newport.

Workshop cost is $90 per person and includes all materials. Historical Society members will receive a $10 Discount. Space is limited to just 12 people, so sign up today at the Maritime Museum, or by calling the Historical Society at (541) 265-7509.