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/

Lincoln County Historical Society 2016 Annual Meeting

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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.

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.

 

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.

Thomas Condon and His Fossils

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On Sunday, June 14th, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm,
Bob Hart, executive director of the Lane County Historical Society, will bring to life pioneering Oregon geologist, professor Thomas Condon.

Famed geologist Condon had a local connection. Condon taught “SEA Classes” at Nye Beach, lecturing about Oregon coast fossils and geological features for Oregon’s Summer Education Association.

Thomas Condon (1822–1907) minister, geologist, and paleontologist, immigrated from Ireland in 1833. After graduating from theological seminary in 1852, he traveled to Oregon. While working as a minister at The Dalles, he became interested in fossils. Condon found fossilized camels and other animals, and many of his discoveries are in the present-day John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Condon provided many specimens to major museums.

Condon became Oregon’s first State Geologist in 1872, then University of Oregon’s first professor of geology. In 1902 he wrote, The Two Islands and What Came of Them, a geology book about two widely separated regions of Oregon containing its oldest rocks, the Klamath Mountains and the Blue Mountains.

Bob Hart, an avid history “junkie,” has worked in presentation of history and historic sites since 1977. Author of several historical articles, Bob has also authored or co-written five nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, and contributed to major studies of Oregon’s history.

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

A special Thank You goes out to The Whaler in Newport for their generous help in bringing this program to the Maritime Center.