Then & Now Exhibit at the Maritime

Then & Now Exhibit at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center’s Galley Gallery is currently hosting a new and innovative exhibit, “Then & Now.” This comparative photographic exhibit has one camera lens focused on the past, and the second, a digital camera, fixed on the present.

Exhibited are “then” images of Newport and vicinity dating from the 1940s to the 1980s, photographed by Roger A. Hart (1906-2006). Hart’s images were selected from several hundred of his photographs in the Society’s archives that illustrate the changes the community has undergone. Selections were made by museum staff, Collections Specialist Jeff Syrop, Director Steve Wyatt and Outreach Specialist Laura Rose.

“Then” photographer Roger A. Hart came to Newport in 1937 to open “Hart’s for Parts,” a Napa Auto Parts store. As a hobby and side business he photographically documented everyday things, such as street scenes and buildings, which are now a highly significant local historical resource.

For the “Now” component of this exhibit local photographer Bill Posner generously volunteered to venture out in the field and reshoot the selected Roger A. Hart images as accurately as possible. The results are nothing short of fascinating. Some scenes have undergone a tremendous transformation while in others little has changed. Case in point, the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The bridge looks almost exactly as it did in the 1940s, yet the changes to the surrounding landscape are rather dramatic.

Newport resident Bill Posner has been active in the digital arts, video, photography and image creation for over 40 years. Posner’s photo work runs the gamut of image creations, from outdoor, nature and wildlife work, commercial products, photojournalism, live events, and abstract imagining.

All told there are over 40 images in four groupings in this exhibit. Enlarged prints of the “then” photos of Roger A. Hart appear on the gallery walls. Posner’s “now” images, in keeping with the digital times we live in, are displayed in slide show form on four digital pictures frames, one for each grouping. The slide shows are motion activated, turning on when someone walks up to them. Each image appears for 10 seconds. Visitors who pair the “then” images with the “now” images are treated to a visual history of the area.

A cross section of Bill Posner’s photographic work is available for purchase at the museum with proceeds benefiting the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. “Then & Now” is currently schedule to be on display through November.

Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

Welcome aboard the Discovery for a leisurely and informed Yaquina Bay sightseeing tour with ample good company, food, and beverages for a good cause. The Lincoln County Historical Society has made special arrangements with Marine Discovery Tours for a special Yaquina Bay guided boat tour, Saturday, May 13th, 5 to 7pm.

Tickets are $75 for this fundraising event for lower floor renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. A picnic supper prepared by Mo’s is included. Beer and wine are available. Sara Skamser of Foulweather Trawl will be onboard to share insights and answer your questions about the Yaquina Bay’s far-reaching fishing fleet. Steve Wyatt, Director of the Lincoln County Historical Society and author of The Bayfront book, will be on hand to share insights into the Yaquina Bay’s rich history.

All proceeds from this event will be applied to the Collins grant challenge, thus doubling the proceeds from the Yaquina Bay cruise. The Maritime Center was recently awarded a $45,000 challenge grant from the Collins Foundation. To date, $41,500 has been raised towards meeting the match. With just $3,500 left to meet the challenge, a $45,000 check from The Collins Foundation is well within grasp. The Collins Grant and match monies are for lower floor renovations of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. The current focus is to complete the highly anticipated Doerfler Family Theater.

Space for this one-time special event is limited. Tickets for this upriver cruise should be purchased in advance. Yaquina Cruise tickets are available in person, at the Burrows House Museum or the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Thursday-Sunday 11-4, or call anytime (541) 265-7509 and leave a message, and your call will be promptly returned. Tickets are also available from any member of the Society’s Board of Directors.

Beach Bill Anniversary / Tom McCall Symposium

Oregon Governor Tom McCall, preparing for a statewide radio and television address, 1970. Just three years earlier he signed the landmark Oregon Beach Bill into law.

Beach Bill Anniversary Edition of Tom McCall Symposium

The fiftieth anniversary of Oregon’s landmark Beach Bill will be the focus for the second annual Tom McCall Symposium, May 19th and 20th at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.

The event, sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Society and the Tom McCall Legacy Project, brings together speakers and presentations that bring to light the legacy of the man considered by many to be Oregon’s most colorful chief executive.

McCall served as Oregon’s thirtieth governor from 1967 to 1975. The Beach Bill, approved by the 1967 Legislature and signed into law by McCall, cemented the public’s right to permanent access to the state’s hundreds of miles of beaches.

Eric Cain

The symposium opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, May 19th. Eric Cain, recently retired from Oregon Public Broadcasting, will show the 2013 Oregon Experience documentary he produced that celebrates the centennial of McCall’s birth.

 

 

 

The program on Saturday, May 20th will begin at 1:00 p.m. Introductory remarks will be offered by Steve Wyatt, LCHS executive director, and Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner and author of the novel McCallandia, which imagines McCall becoming president of the United States following his governorship.

Other featured speakers on Saturday include:

Brent Walth

Brent Walth, longtime Oregon journalist and professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. Walth is author of the definitive McCall biography, Fire and Eden’s Gate.

 

 

 

Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling, former Oregon Secretary of State and director of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Keisling was a staff member for the 1978 McCall campaign for governor.

 

 

 

Doris Penwell

Doris Penwell, who worked for McCall in his press office and as his executive assistant.

 

 

 

 

Admission to the symposium is five dollars, and free for Lincoln County Historical Society members.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Tom McCall Symposium, call 541-265-7509. For more information about the Tom McCall Legacy Project, visit: http://www.tommccall.org/

9th Annual Crab Krack

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9TH ANNUAL CRAB KRACK FEBRUARY 12

This is happening! The Lincoln County Historical Society’s Annual Crab Krack will take place 4pm, Sunday, February 12th at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport. Previously scheduled for January 15th, the event was postponed due to the strike over crab pricing.

The delay has proven to be a good thing; the event is just in time for Valentines’ Day. Treat your date to a luscious fresh local Dungeness crab dinner and live jazz.

Crab for this community event is being donated by Ted Gibson, F/V Lady Kay; Bob Eder, F/V Timmy Boy, and Scott Lager, F/V Eclipse. Pacific Shrimp will donate the crab processing. Additionally, the generosity of a long list of local restaurants and merchants make this event possible.

This whole crab dinner event includes various side dishes, an array of desserts, a no-host bar, live music by the Bringetto Jazz Duo, and both a silent and oral auction. In short, something for everyone!

Event proceeds will be used to complete lower floor renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. This year’s Crab Krack earnings will be matched (doubled) thanks to a  $45,000 challenge grant by The Collins Foundation. To date, the Society has raised 56% of the needed funds to meet the challenge. These funds will be used to complete the Doerfler Family Theatre, a 100+ seat media/event space made possible in large part by a grant from the Doerfler Family Trust.

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

 

Free Admission Christmas Eve

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Free Admission at the Maritime Center
on Christmas Eve

A new Christmas Eve tradition begins this December 24th. The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will be offering free museum admission, goodies, hot cocoa fixings and popcorn, while supplies last, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve.

xmas-eve2For you last minute shoppers the gift shop will be open. The latest book titles in local, regional, and maritime history will be available for purchase along with the work of local artisans. Non-electric/electronic wooden toys that are sure to inspire and delight your children and grandchildren await your purchase; no batteries needed. Lincoln County Historical Society members will receive a 20% discount on most gift shop items. If you’re looking for something truly special, check out the Low Tide Landscapes fine art photography exhibit in the Maritime’s Galley Gallery, where many of the pieces are for sale. The Burrows House Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve.

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill. For more information, call 541-265-7509.