Tom McCall Symposium

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MARITIME CENTER TO HOST TWO-DAY TOM McCALL SYMPOSIUM

Oregon’s most colorful, quirky, and accomplished governor, Tom McCall (1913-1983), will be the subject of a two-day symposium in March. The many larger than life facts and fabrications surrounding McCall will be explored by both scholars and acquaintances of Oregon’s most beloved and, at times, controversial governor. McCall, a television journalist and political commentator, served as Oregon’s Governor during the socially and politically turbulent years of 1967-1975.

All sessions are independent of each other and will take place Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill adjacent to the Maritime Center.

The symposium kicks off Friday evening, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. with a screening of McCall’s landmark 1962 KGW-TV documentary, “Pollution in Paradise” plus an introduction and post-screening Q&A led by William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, Oregon State University.

KGW-TV aired McCall’s famous documentary, “Pollution in Paradise,” a sharply critical report of the condition of the Willamette River. “Pollution in Paradise” was a tour de force, pressing home the powerful idea that there was no contradiction between jobs and quality of life in Oregon.

Day two of the symposium will open at noon Saturday. “Frenemies: Tom McCall and Bob Straub” will be the topic for Charles K. Johnson, biographer of former Governor Bob Straub. Although McCall and Straub faced each other for the governorship twice, they often worked together to advance environmental causes. Johnson’s book is “Standing at Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon.”

One of Oregon’s most prominent broadcast journalists from the 1970s and 1980s will also be presenting on Saturday. Paul Hanson, who has been a news director of several radio stations and was KATU’s political reporter in the early 1980s, will screen his documentary, “A Nice Place to Visit: The Legacy of Tom McCall.”

Also on the program: Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, author of the alternate history novel about McCall, “McCallandia,” the product of extensive research and numerous interviews. Hall was a volunteer in McCall’s 1978 comeback campaign and met the former governor several times.

This symposium to be presented on March 4th & 5th is co-sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Society and the Tom McCall Legacy Project, a non-profit educational group. The Legacy Project organization sponsored the McCall Day bill designating March 22nd as Tom McCall Day, and encourages all Oregonians to learn about McCall’s legacy.

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

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


SPEAKER SCHEDULE & PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES


BILL ROBBINS: FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH, 6:00 PM

bill-robbinsBill Robbins joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1971, where he has taught courses in the History of the American West and Environmental History. He has authored and edited several books, including Oregon: This Storied Land (2006); Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000 (2004). His most recent book, A Man for All Seasons: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox, was published in 2015 by Oregon State University Press.


CHARLES K. JOHNSON: SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 12:00-12:45

charles-johnsonCharles K. Johnson is a Portland writer, fundraiser, and activist. A native Oregonian, he has been active min environmental politics since childhood. After a decade in national politics, working with Physicians for Social Responsibility and as Executive Director of Nuclear Free America, Johnson returned to Oregon, where he was instrumental in making a home for the Robert W. Straub Archives at Western Oregon University’s Hamersly Library. He is the author of Standing At The Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon, published in 2012 by Oregon State University Press.


PAUL HANSON: SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 1:00-2:15

paul-hansonPaul Hanson has been a broadcast journalist in radio and television for many decades. During most of Paul’s radio career he worked as a news director including his position as the first News Director of KYXI Radio, Portland’s first (and last) 24 hour All-News operation. Paul became the KATU -Television Political Reporter in 1978 and covered the 1979 through 1983 legislative sessions in Salem. In early 1982 Paul and photographer Bill Weaver were assigned to prepare a documentary focusing on the life and achievements of former Governor Tom McCall. While Paul was the Political Reporter at KATU, McCall was the station’s News Analyst and Commentator. The assignment was based on McCall’s health. He was battling cancer. Paul and Bill finalized production and “A Nice Place To Visit…The Legacy of Tom McCall” aired on Thursday, September 9th 1982. Paul Hanson is currently News Director at KFLS Radio in Klamath Falls.


BILL HALL: SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2:30

bill-hallLincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall is the author of McCallandia, which is based on 40 years of admiration for Tom McCall and was the product of extensive research and numerous interviews. An Oregon native, Hall spent many years in journalism before making the transition to elective office. He was a volunteer in McCall’s 1978 comeback campaign and met the former governor several times.

 

Many Thanks Crab Krack Supporters!

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The Lincoln County Historical Society sincerely thanks all the 2016 Crab Krack attendees and contributors. About $10,000 was raised for renovations to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

These donors and volunteers made the dinner and auction possible:
Agate Beach Inn Best Western; Amundson, Jean, Animal Medical Care of Newport; Baker, John & Carol; Bank of the West; Barrelhead Supply; Bassingthwaite, James & Victoria;  Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse; Bigfoot Beverages; Brodie, Toni; Café Mundo; Café Stephanie; Carpet One/America’s Mattress; Chalet Restaurant & Bakery; Chinook Winds Casino Resort; Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach; Chuck Forinash Gallery; Clark, Lindsay; Cline, Jim & Amy; Cohen & Park; Conway, Thomas Kenneth; David Miller/The Oregon Coast Broadcast Center; Dillon, Brian – F/V Azalea; Eder, Bob & Michele – F/V Timmy Boy; Elizabeth Street Inn; Englund Marine Supply; Fishpeople Seafood; Gertula, Chuck; Grove Veterinary Clinic; Hallmark Resort; Hanshumaker, Bill & Teresa; Harmsen, Mary; Hilton, Nancy; Jovi; Lazerquick; LCHS Board of Directors; Local Ocean Seafoods; Made In Oregon; Marine Discovery Tours; Marion Moir Watercolors; McAdams, JoAn; McAvoy, Miller, Becky;  Nathan – F/V Two Saints; Morrison, Doug & Christina – F/V Tempo; Mo’s Enterprises, Inc.; Nana’s Irish Pub; Newport Candy’s Ice Cream Parlour; Newport Processing Plants; Old River Coffee Roaster Company; Pacific Shrimp; Past Forward; Pavitt Land Use Consulting, LLC; Pettis, Mike & Karen – F/V Patriot; Pettis, Tony & Maria – F/V Heidi Sue; Pig Feathers BBQ/Twisted Snout Brewery; Port of Toledo; Quilters Cottage; Retherford, Mike & Kelly – F/V Excalibur, F/V Winona J; Richardson, Mark & Shyla – F/V Norska; Roby’s Furniture; Rogue Ales & Spirits; Terry & Dawn Pavitt-Ryan; Saffron Salmon; Stangeland, Paul & Anne; Sheldon, E. Douglas; Sunwest Motors/Mike Schulz; Sylvia Beach Hotel; The Whaler Motel; Toledo Clayworks; Toujours Boutique; Turner, Bill; tu-tu-tu; Umpqua Bank; Webster, Janet; Willamette Valley Vineyards; Yager, Justin & Sarah – F/V Eddie & Rod

Lincoln County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Yaquina Bay Shipwrecks

Tami Whittlesey as “The Captain’s Wife” will be the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society on Sunday, September 20. The meeting will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Tami Whittlesey, of the Lincoln County Historical Society, works not only as a host in the Society’s two museums, but also volunteers by reaching out to audiences with “history-telling.” Dressed as her shipwreck-appropriate persona “The Captain’s Wife,” Whittlesey will present Rescue, Recovery and Loss: Yaquina Bay Shipwrecks.

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 Robert Olson, James Bassingthwaite, Bud Shoemake, John Baker, Sara Skamser, Dolores Wagner, Melody Schones, Dawn Pavitt, and Bill Hanshumaker. 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.

GOOSENECK BARNACLES, NUDIBRANCHS, AND TUNICATES AT THE MARITIME CENTER!

Tide Pool Plants, Bob’s Creek, Oregon by Joanna Carrabbio

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will host the Oregon chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ exhibit, “Tidal Waters: The Art of Scientific Illustration.” This group exhibit, in the Center’s Galley Gallery, opens on Thursday, September 10th, and will run through Sunday, February 21, 2016. The exhibit includes selected works submitted by members of the organization.

Science illustrators are artists in the service of science, and often accuracy takes precedence over aesthetics. However, those who view this exhibit will likely find it nothing short of artful. This compilation of artwork follows in the long tradition of scientific illustration where attention to detail was paramount. Often times the Scientific Illustrator makes visible what cannot be otherwise seen. The subject matter included in this exhibit focuses on species associated with the tidal waters of Oregon. Subjects include anemones, crabs, sea stars, mussels, nudibranchs, chitons, tunicates, gooseneck barnacles and octopuses, among many others.

Artists include Catherine Alexander, Marly Beyer, Kristine Blodget, Rebecca Brown-Thompson, Joanna Carrabbio, Paula Fong, Alice Hill, Kristine Kirkeby, Cynthia Kranich, Terri Nelson and Nora Sherwood. All are Oregon residents, and each created pieces based on inspirations gained by visiting tide pools and the nearby environs. Media includes watercolor, acrylics, carbon dust, pen & ink and colored pencil. Most of the pieces are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Hairy Hermit Crab (Pagurus hirsutiusculus), by Catherine Alexander

Hairy Hermit Crab, by Catherine Alexander

The opening artists’ reception will take place Friday, September 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maritime Center. Admission to the opening reception is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members.

Following the reception on Friday, the organization’s members will be conducting a weekend field trip in the area. This trip will be focused on the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the birds of Lincoln City. The group will be sketching and photographing subjects and environments while canoeing in the estuary and viewing birds on nearby trails.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509. For more information about the Oregon chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, visit www.gnsi-oregon.org.

We’re Talkin’ Gyotaku!

Gyotaku artist, Bruce Koike, at work in his studio.

A new exhibit at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center brings to life the vibrant art of Gyotaku, a Japanese word that roughly translates as “Fish Printing.”

On Sunday, March 29th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, guest curator Bruce Koike will be sharing history of the art form, techniques, and materials. Koike will also lead a tour through the exhibit, and demonstrate his Gyotaku skills.

Having grown up in San Diego, fish and fishing have always been part of Bruce’s life. His passion for the ocean brought him to the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in the mid 1980s to earn a Masters degree in Fisheries Science. During this time, Bruce first attempted and developed in the art of Gyotaku. After his graduation, Bruce worked at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.

Bruce obtains specimens from his public aquarium colleagues, research scientists, Asian fish markets, commercial fishers, recreational anglers and has, on occasion, been successful at catching a specimen or two. He has printed over 150 different species of aquatic animals including fish, seaweed, crab, clam, octopus, and squid.

The Gyotaku exhibit runs through September 6th, 2015, and features the collective works of Bruce Koike, Leighton Blackwell, John Buchanan, Heather J Fortner, and Marion Moir. Many of the pieces are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Maritime Center.

Admission to this event is free for members, and $5 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.