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/

Holiday Gathering

holiday-2016-web

You’re Invited!

The Annual Holiday Gathering for the Lincoln County Historical Society, a fun and casual holiday mixer, complete with rare vintage instruments, will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

brent-bunker

Brent Bunker

Festivities will take place around the cheery warmth of the fireplace in the Maritime Center’s Great Room, and will include refreshments and a special holiday musical program by Brent Bunker. Brent will be sharing his extensive collection of old and unusual musical instruments, and playing some of them too! For anyone who has never seen a Ukalin, Harp O Lyre, Tremoloa, or a Marxophone, this event is a rare opportunity to check out, up close and personal, these rare vintage instruments.

Attendees to this long-standing community tradition can also check out the museum’s exhibits and enjoy the unmatched views of Newport’s Historic Bayfront. All proceeds from this fun event will be applied to a $45,000 grant from the Collins Foundation, thus doubling all earnings from admissions and donations.

Be sure to bring your Christmas shopping list: the gift shop will be offering a Special Holiday Discount only available during this event. The Maritime Center gift shop has an outstanding selection of maritime and history publications, as well as locally produced items.

Admission to the Holiday Gathering is free for members and kids under 12, and $5.00 for non-members. The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill.

For more information, call 541-265-7509.

Ghost Stories at the Maritime

ghost-stories-web

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

low-tide-web1

low-tide-titleLOW TIDE LANDSCAPES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENING AT MARITIME CENTER GALLERY

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 photoartsguild.org

Lincoln County Historical Society 2016 Annual Meeting

meeting-badge

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.