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

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.