Fireworks at the Maritime Center

Lincoln County Historical Society Presents: Fireworks at the Maritime Center

On Tuesday, July 4th beginning at 8:00 pm, the Lincoln County Historical Society invites all to an Independence Day Celebration at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. This event, first held in 2013, has become a local favorite.

The fourth annual family friendly event includes unmatched views of the Bayfront fireworks and dancing to a local Jazz band. Goodies will be served. In addition, attendees will have access to all current exhibits at the museum including the newly opened Then&Now exhibit.

For this special event the new Fisheries exhibit will be taken down to make room for music and dancing in the great room. Seating on the deck (weather permitting), will give guests the best fireworks view anywhere. Music will begin at 8:00 and break for the fireworks. When the fireworks conclude they will resume playing, so guests can be entertained for a while until the notorious Bayfront post-fireworks traffic eases up.

Admission at the door: $10 Member, $15 Non-Member, with Kids 12 and under free.

Parking will be at an absolute premium for this event, and attendees are encouraged to walk, bicycle, car pool, or catch a cab to the Bayfront.

For more information, call 541-265-7509.

Fisheries Exhibit Opens at the Maritime

Fisheries Exhibit Opens June 1st at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

On June 1st the past, present, and future of the region’s commercial fisheries comes to life at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center when it opens its latest exhibit: Our Beautiful and Wild Oregon Fisheries, 150 years of Innovation. Whether you work in Oregon’s fisheries, or are new to the seafood table, this exhibit has something for everyone.

The story told in this exhibit is of Oregon’s successful emergence as a world leader in sustainable seafood and the very sound reasons for eating local seafood. This is the story of our fishermen, fish processors, fishery managers, scientists, conservation groups and port communities meeting the challenges and opportunities of wild harvest fisheries to feed a growing population.

Museum visitors will be afforded a rare opportunity to be immersed in the fascinating and little understood story behind Oregon and the Yaquina Bay’s far reaching and economically vital commercial fishing fleet. The largest fisheries in Oregon: Dungeness crab, pink shrimp, albacore tuna, Chinook salmon, groundfish, and pacific whiting are central to this exhibit. Politics, regulations, globalization, consumer food preferences, environmental conservation, and old fashion seat-of-your pants ingenuity have all shaped the region’s commercial fishing fleet and maritime culture.

Oregon contributes a small part of the global fish catch, but it is a huge part of our coastal economy. By minimizing habitat impacts and being selective in catching target species, Oregon has some of the best-managed fisheries in the world.

This exhibit, over a year-and-a-half in the making, was curated by Local Ocean owner, Laura Anderson. It is the largest and most complex exhibit to date at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. Local fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, educators, photographers, and fisheries regulators all played an active part in developing this community exhibit. This exhibit was funded in part by: Oregon Trawl Commission, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, Oregon Salmon Commission, Oregon Albacore Commission, Pacific Seafoods, Bornstein Seafoods, and Local Ocean.

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/