Ghost Stories at the Maritime


Have You Ever Seen A Ghost?

A lot of Lincoln County residents have. If you have a ghost story and would like to share your story with others, please join us at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Friday, October 28th at 5:30 pm, for a fun open mic evening of ghost storytelling.

In Newport, many patrons and employees of the old Smuggler’s Cove Nightclub (now the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center) report having seen a ghost in the building. Smugglers Cove nightclub was in business under several operators from about 1980 to 1999. Parts of its rambling 30,000 square foot structure date from the 1920s and was once a residence. Its stone foundation is from the original 1880s residence on this site.

We are especially interested in hearing about your ghost encounters at Smugglers Cove or elsewhere in Lincoln County. On the other hand, if you have an entertaining ghost story (preferably true), please join us and share with others.

This moderated event will be held in the Great Room in front of the fireplace. The microphone will be turned up, the lights turned down, and treats will be provided.

Admission to this event will be free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members. For more information, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509.

Going Low at the Maritime Center



The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will host a new exhibit, “Low Tide Landscapes.” This group exhibit by the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild explores the hidden landscape between land and sea exposed during minus tides, and will be on view at the Heritage Center from September 22, 2016, to April 2, 2017.

The exhibit features the work of nine members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild who make regular visits to the beaches of the Central Oregon Coast during low tides, especially the minus tides that occur in the spring and early summer. The photographers work in a variety of photographic media, including pinhole, iPhone, infrared and platinum, as well as straight and manipulated digital photography.

“Like most photographers, we’re always looking for new things to see in the world around us and new ways to see them,” said Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman. “One place that never disappoints is the coast at very low tides. It’s a combination of seascape and landscape, and a photographer’s dreamland.”

Joining Bergeman in the exhibit are Corvallis photographers Bill Laing, Jack Larson, John Ritchie, Dave McIntire, Craig Hanson and Kat Sloma, along with Kurt Norlin of Albany and Phil Coleman of Philomath.

The opening artists’ reception will take place Friday, September 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maritime Center. Meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy light refreshments. Admission to the opening reception is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509. To learn more about the PhotoArts Guild visit

Lincoln County Historical Society 2016 Annual Meeting


Videographer Kevin Raichl will be the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society on Sunday, September 18. The meeting will be held at 1:00 pm at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Kevin Raichl will share a multi-media presentation about his work on the film project, Ebb & Flow. Raichl and Don Davis interviewed over 40 people on Yaquina Bay life and local history.

During the business portion of the meeting, Historical Society Director Steve Wyatt will be sharing a Phase II and Grant Award update. The Society will also hold elections for its board of directors. Up for election are Richard Kilbride, JoAn McAdams, Lindsay Clark, and Bill Turner. While open to the public, only society members may vote.

Admission to the Annual Meeting is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.

Joyce Gaffin Gallery Talk

Remains of the Day, watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin

Award-winning local artist and arts educator Joyce Gaffin featured at an Informal Gallery Talk at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Friday, August 19. 

Oregon Coast watercolor artist Joyce Gaffin will lead an interactive stroll through “Joyce Gaffin: A Maritime Retrospective,” an exhibit of her work currently on exhibit at the Maritime Center’s Galley Gallery, 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, August 19. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. People will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments as they tour through the gallery discussing the inception and creation of the exhibited paintings.

The decades-spanning retrospective of maritime watercolor paintings includes private collection pieces loaned by individuals and businesses, as well as artwork loaned by the City of Newport, brought together for the first time for this exhibit, which closes in less than a month, September 4th. A painting of the gillnetter, F/V Cindy Marie, never publicly exhibited before, will be on view for this evening event only.

Drawn by the lore, strength, and bravery of the commercial fishing industry, and the individuality of the wooden and steel boats and their equipment, Joyce Gaffin settled in Newport, Oregon, in 1973. She then began a career as a professional watercolorist on the docks painting commissioned works of commercial fishing boats in Newport and up and down the Pacific Coast.

After a sojourn in Eastern Oregon where she worked on her emerging style of painting and began exhibiting in galleries and juried competitions, Gaffin returned to Newport. Her work has earned numerous awards including first place at the All Oregon Art Annual, the Sunriver Juried Arts Competition, the Pendleton Arts Festival, the Newport Visual Arts Center, and for several exhibitions of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. In 1991, Joyce Gaffin became the first woman in the Northwest to receive an internationally awarded grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation of New York City. She has also been awarded grants from the American Association of University Women, the Gottlieb Foundation, and the Artist’s Fellowship of New York City.

Gaffin taught watercolor workshops sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts in Newport until 1995, and private pleine aire classes for the following ten years. She also taught classes for children and adults through the Hatfield Marine Science Center. As a substitute teacher for the Lincoln County School District, Gaffin taught painting, drawing, design, and perspective in the local schools for twenty years.

Gaffin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied design and pleine aire watercolor painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art while in high school. She studied Graphic Arts at the University of Cincinnati, and received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her early training launched a successful professional career in graphic design and as an art director in both Chicago and Detroit.

Collins Foundation Grant Match Challenge



A check for $45,000 will be issued by The Collins Foundation to the Maritime Center when $45,000 has been raised in matching donations from individuals and businesses. Once the matching funds have been raised, a total of $90,000 will go towards completion of the lower floor of the Maritime Center. The Collins Foundation deadline for raising the funds is December 1, 2016.

phaseII_theatre2The Collins Foundation grant is for Phase II lower floor renovations of the Maritime Center. Central to the project is the Doerfler Family Theater, a multi-use venue complete with a projection system and a stage and seating for over 100 people.

This project is over halfway funded. Grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust, City of Newport, Lincoln County, the Oregon Community Foundation, Murdock Charitable Trust, Doerfler Family Trust, and countless locals have funded construction of an ADA-compliant elevator reaching all three floors of the building and numerous other significant building upgrades. Maritime Center renovations have never incurred any debt.

collins-grant-image3The Lincoln County Historical Society seeks your help for the essential donations to complete Phase II and open the lower floor in short order and making the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center a world-class museum and event center. Any amount (to be doubled by The Collins Foundation) will be gratefully accepted and is tax-deductible. The Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

If you have any questions on this project or would like a behind-the-scenes tour of the work in progress, do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Steve Wyatt at the Lincoln County Historical Society, (541) 265-7509.