Fireworks at the Maritime Museum

Lincoln County Historical Society Presents: Fireworks at the Maritime Museum

On Wednesday July 4th beginning at 9:00 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 main attraction at this family friendly event are the unmatched views of the Bayfront fireworks. Goodies will be served. In addition, the Ebb & Flow: Life on the Yaquina video will be playing continuously. Attendees will have access to all current exhibits at the museum including the newly opened Coastal Confluence exhibit in the Galley Gallery.

Admission is Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members, 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.

Coastal Confluence

Virginia Leonnig & Carol Pulvermacher

A New Exhibit at the Maritime Museum

We each live in our own world, seeing the same things differently, yet more often than not manage to find common ground with others. Proof of this truism comes to light (and color) in the work of collaborating artists, Virginia Leonnig and Carol Pulvermacher.

An opening reception for this new exhibit at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (Museum) will be held Friday, June 8th, 6:00-8:00 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

This collaborative exhibit is a canvas expression of the two artists’ appreciation of Pacific Northwest wildlife. Their styles are vastly different yet somehow, by choosing identical subject matter and working independently, they evoke a surprising confluence of color and self-expression.

Carol Pulvermacher is best known as a self-taught pyrographer (wood burning) wildlife artist. She has since developed a newly found passion for abstract expressionist painting influenced by Northwestern Native imagery. She uses bold lines, colors and drip painting to express calm meeting chaos. Working mainly from a studio space in her West Linn home, Pulvermacher works outside when the weather allows — a practice she describes as “like coming home.”

She enjoyed her first group show at The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Chessman Gallery in 2013, and a solo show in Estacada in August 2013. In the summer of 2015 she discovered the abstract world of drip painting. On a whim, she added her wood burned wildlife, with a NW native style, to the paintings.

In 2017 this combination lead to a solo show at the Spiral Gallery and acceptance into two juried shows, “Color” in Fort Collins, CO, and “All Things Salmon” show at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. Also in 2017, Carol and Virginia Leonnig shared a show “Colorful Confluence” at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City. Carol was recently in a three person show at the Spiral Gallery.

Virginia Leonnig has had a life-long interest in painting and the natural world around her. She was born into an artistic family who recognized and encouraged her talent and interests at an early age.

At the age of 12 her grandmother provided her with her first work space. By the time she reached age 13 she was enrolled in Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Marrying shortly after graduating from high school she soon had 3 children. While raising her small children she took several courses of study at The Maryland Institute of Art and from professional artists.

Virginia relocated to Oregon in 1984 where she met her second husband. In 1994, they embarked on a two-year sailing adventure with paints well packed. In the tropics Virginia’s work was influenced by the vibrant colors, changing weather, movement of water and the constant motion of the boat. These influences continue to dominate in her work.

On return to Oregon Virginia made the decision to not go back to her job as a pediatric medical assistant and to instead pursue her art full time. She currently resides in Waldport, Oregon with her husband.

Admission to this special event is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.

Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

2018 Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

Back for a second year by popular demand!  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 19th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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 will be 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 adventurous event will go towards renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. The current focus is to complete the highly anticipated Doerfler Family Theater.

Space for this special event is limited. Tickets for this upriver cruise should be purchased in advance. Yaquina Cruise tickets are available at the Burrows House Museum or Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Thursday-Sunday 11-4, or by calling (541) 265-7509.

10th Annual Crab Krack


The Krack is back! The Lincoln County Historical Society’s Annual Crab Krack will take place 4pm, Sunday, February 11th at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.

Just in time for Valentines’ Day. Treat your date to a luscious fresh local Dungeness crab dinner and live jazz.

Each year, crab for this annual event has been graciously donated by the local fishing community. 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, 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.

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.


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: