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Membership Meeting

Kick Ass Oregon History makes Cannon Beach history funny.
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Join us for a free meeting of the museum’s membership. Don’t miss this rousing, funny, and spirited presentation on Governor Tom McCall by Kick Ass Oregon History’s own Doug Kenck-Crispin.
Originally from Spokane, Doug came with his family in 1982 and settled in North Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School. After walking the Earth like Caine for a decade and a half, he earned his BA (cum laude) in History from Portland State University with a minor in Judaic Studies. Doug then completed his MA in History at PSU (Public History & History of Pacific NW). His thesis is titled “Charles A. Moose: Race, Community Policing, and Portland’s First African American Police Chief.” He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship.

Doug is the Resident Histor
ian for the podcast Kick Ass Oregon History. He has been featured in Imbibe and Portland Monthly magazines, OPB’s “Oregon Experience,” “Think Out Loud,” “Weekend Edition,” and the season premiere of Esquire TV’s “Best Bars in America.” Oh – and the PSU Vanguard, too! He has written for Portland Monthly, Street Roots newspaper and the Willamette Week. In addition, he hosts various historical speaking series, field trips and historical tours – across the state – that connect people with Oregon. Still a North Portland resident, he does enjoy Pina Coladas, and he LOVES getting caught in the rain.

Doug will be talking about Governor Tom McCall in celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of HB1601 McCall Beach Bill. McCall is known by many as the man who kept Oregon’s beaches open to the public, but he was so much more. He was an environmental governor, war hawk, republican, documentarian, and politician.

Start off happy hour with a pint of Fort George beer on Saturday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. The museum is a private non-profit located at the corner of Sunset and Spruce in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 503-436-9301, visit of find them on Facebook. Check out their Facebook page. The museum posts daily historic images and information.

Thanks to Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals for sponsoring this event.


Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum as we celebrate hometown tourism day! This is the perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own town. Join us for a free hot chocolate bar, sweet treats, coloring contests, and a trivia/scavenger hunt for kids. We’ll have complimentary Sleepy Monk coffee for all you hard-working parents!

Trivia Design

Everyone who visits will receive 10% off on all gift shop purchases! Admission is free.

The coloring contest will take place on Friday, November 10 and is open to all ages. Expect silly and goofy prizes. We don’t take ourselves too seriously! Come in at any time to participate.

The scavenger and trivia event will take place on Saturday, November 11 and will be conducted all day. So come in at any time! Questions range from the easiest, “What sound does a seagull make?” to something a bit harder, “When was duct tape invented.” Questions will also be hidden in special boxes and eggs throughout the museum. Expect silly prizes!

We will have special hours for Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11. We will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. The scavenger/trivia event and coloring contest are free. The refreshments will also be complimentary. Come celebrating surviving the summer with us!

With over 700 attendees, the 14th annual Cottage & Garden Tour was the most successful tour to date! The Cottage & Garden Tour offered a full weekend of events including a Friday night opening reception and concert, the luncheon and lecture, the tour of homes and gardens, and the garden-style high tea and presentation. There was a variety of beautiful dream homes, vintage cottages, and spectacular gardens.


Salmon Trout House owned by Liz and Jim Austin.

Volunteers ( Arva & Paul Bartos, Sherrie Bonsell, Christ Bouneff, Grace Bruseth, Sarah & Jered Budden, Lolly Champion, Betsy & Will Dixson, Heather Douglas, Andrea Edwards, Laura Edwards, Pamela Ekker, Sherry Emerson, Karen French, Linda Gebhart, Maria Goodrich, Bev & Sharon Graver, Sharlene Gregg, Linda Webb-Gustafson, Alex Harmon, Judah Henderson, Lisa Herr, Steven Klein, Claire Landrum, Josh Loring, Cara Mico, Tita Montero, Lynne Murray, John & Helen Piatt, Carolyn Propst, Robin Risley, Julie Sackett, Linda & Tom Schaeffer, Arnie & Cathy Swanson, Gary & Sandi Thompson, Carol Vanderford, Barbara Vassler, Steve Wright, and Marcia Zegar) worked tirelessly the entire weekend as docents, event set-up and clean-up, ticket sellers, greeters, and information volunteers. The Cottage & Garden Tour would not be successful without the gracious help of our volunteers. 


One of our favorite gardens on the tour was the garden in front of the Godderz house.

Staff and volunteers worked for nearly a year planning, researching, and coordinating the event. Each year, the Cottage & Garden Tour Committee finds new ways and ideas to make the tour more enjoyable. For the first time ever, the tour offered dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens on the North end of Cannon Beach. Not to mention, there was also a lemonade stand available to tour goers that supported the local Fire Mountain School.


Fire pit and seating area in the Godderz garden

The homeowners (Liz & Jim Austin, Bill & Tammy Ellis, Kelly Giampa, Rik & Caroline Godderz, Mindy Hardwick, Stan & Louisa McCleary, Carl & Mickey Odin, Meagan & Mark Sokol, Brian & Nancy Thompson, Dan Weaver & Ecola Creek Lodge, and Steven Wescott) graciously opened their hearts and their homes for this year’s tour. “The homeowners were so gracious and kind, and were incredible to work with,” Museum Outreach Coordinator, Liz Johnson says, “Without the homeowners, this tour would not have been possible, and they should be thanked for their kindness, generosity, and willingness to allow people to go through t


Close up of some of the flowers in front of the Godderz house.

heir homes.” Each year, the tour continues to grow, but not as much as it has over the last few years. The tour has gone from having less than a hundred people attend to over five hundred attendees.

Our generous sponsors, listed by level (Platinum: Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Coaster Construction, Cottage Keeper, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller; Gold: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Martin North, The Ocean Lodge; Silver: Arbor Care Tree Specialists, Columbia Bank, Inn at Cannon Beach, Lighthouse Inn, O’Brien & Company; Bronze: Pig ‘N Pancake) made this event possible. Special thanks also goes to Beachcomber Vacation Homes, Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse, Buoy Beer Company, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Doug Deur, Dritwood Restaurant & Lounge, Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market, Fort George Brewery, Fultano’s Pizza, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Dawn Hummel, Insomnia Coffee Company, Kettle/Black Teahouse, Mo’s at Tolovana Park, River Inn at Seaside, Schwietert’s Cones & Candy, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Tom’s Fish & Chips, Jean Williams, and The Wine Shack.

A huge thank-you also goes out to Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks, who created the beautiful sculpture, won by Agnes Onkka of Beaverton, Oregon! Another huge thank-you also goes out to Jeffrey Hull of Jeffrey Hull Gallery for the beautiful print of Carol’s Geranium’s won by Duane Johnson of Cannon Beach!

Each year the tour continues to grow because of the support and enthusiasm of the homeowners, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters of the community. This was the biggest and most successful tour to date and could not have been a success without the support and help of homeowners, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters. We are continuously grateful for the tremendous community support for our annual tour, which enables us to continue our mission to preserve the very rich history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of the Museum, and for making this the most successful Cottage & Garden Tour to date!

Share your photos with us of the 2017 Cottage & Garden Tour on Instagram and Facebook by using the hashtag #CBCottageTour!

Mark your calendars for next year’s tour: September 7 – 9, 2018.

Museum Day Live!

musem day live 2017

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 23, 2017

Cannon Beach, Oregon – The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“While the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is as far away from Washington D.C. as you can get, we love the idea of a day dedicated to museums,” says Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke.

The Museum Day Live! tickets are currently available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about of Museum Day Live! 2017 and a list of participating museum and cultural institutions, please visit:

For more information about the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum visit or call 503-436-9301.

Fall Exhibit Opening

Fall 2017 exhibit opening

On October 6, 2017, the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s latest art exhibit featuring the work of local artists Scott Johnson, Debra Carnes with a memorial to Cannon Beach’s Steve McLeod.

Scott Johnson’s love of nature and background in plein air is evident in his beautiful and intricate watercolors. Johnson developed the soft washes
of the Japanese tradition, as well as the refined line work of the Persian miniature.

 Johnson’s love of nature, refreshed by frequent trips and hikes, is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work, yet the mood is never hopeless, but lets us know that the next season, bringing the tiny leaves of spring, is just beyond and approaching.

For more than thirty years self-taught basket artist Debra Carnes has been handcrafting woven works of art from ever changing materials. Her pieces have been displayed in juried shows and galleries in Michigan, Florida, and Oregon. Her baskets and sculptures are currently inspired by her concern to create express sustainability in art making. Carnes won the Steve McLeod Earth Day Award two years in a row for creating pieces from recycled marine debris.

The work that Carnes and Johnson will be displaying in this exhibit is in part inspired by the late work of Cannon Beach artist Steve McLeod.

 Cannon Beach artist and devoted beachcomber passed away just over two years ago. An evolving artist known for his seascapes and abstract sculptures were greatly inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. McLeod didn’t like being pigeonholed to one thing. He experimented with beach detritus, wine boxes, watercolor, and more. McLeod had a vision that wasn’t lost on the community he left behind.

Steve McLeod was a huge part of Cannon Beach’s art movement during the 1960’s. He along with Evelyn Georges had an idea to open a gallery that showcased the work of local artists, crafters, and professional artists in the same space. The White Bird Gallery was one of the first of its kind. This idea has formed the artistic identity of Cannon Beach, and some might argue, the community as a whole.

The fall exhibit will open on Friday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and live music. Both Johnson and Carnes will be on hand to discuss their work and how McLeod has inspired them over the years.

This exhibit was made possible with funding from Clatsop County and will be on display through December of this year. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come.

For more information visit the museum’s website or find us on Facebook!

On Saturday, October 21 Egypt comes to Cannon Beach! Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum as they partner with the Archaeology Institute of America for International Archaeology Day. As celebration of this day the museum will have a pop-up exhibit on the history of archaeology in Egypt. Dr. Sarah Sterling will end the day with a presentation on her work and research on pyramids in Egypt. Time to be announced.

archeology dayInternational Archaeology Day is a worldwide event that has nearly two hundred historical societies, schools, and museum participating. The purpose of this event is to bring archaeology and history to communities throughout the world. This will be the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s third year participating. Dr. Sterling is an assistant professor at Portland State University. Sterling has overseen excavations around the world and spent many years at digs in Egypt. She will talk about her time and work there.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit museum located in the heart of Cannon Beach, Oregon. For more information visit

Ease into a weekend of Cottage & Garden Tour events with an exclusive concert and reception at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall (207 N. Spruce.) Friday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Oregon favorite
2017 friday night concert Kelsey Mousley and The Next Right Thing will kick-off the museum’s fourteenth annual Cottage & Garden Tour. Mousley has been performing for over a decade and has quickly built a national following. Her voice and style has been compared to a young Diana Krall.
This event sold out last year, so we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets for th
e concert are $15 and include refreshments.

On Saturday, September 9, Tour day starts off at noon with the popular luncheon and lecture at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall (207 N. Spruce). This event is sold out each year, so purchase your tickets in advance.
2017 Luncheon and Lecture This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Doug Deur for the Saturday lecture. Dr. Deur is a cultural geographer, known widely for his studies of Native American land and resource tradition, as well as the environmental and cultural histories of National Parks in the American West. He is a resident of Arch Cape and local history guru. In addition to everything else that Deur does, he serves as a research professor in the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University and as an adjunct professor in the University of Victoria (BC) school of Environmental Studies. Dr. Deur has also written many popular books on local tribal traditions, plant foraging, and history. Tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25.

The tour of homes will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. This year for the first time ever, the tour will focus on the unique craftsmanship and architecture of northern Cannon Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original “tiny house”), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One of the highlights of this year’s tour is the site of one of the first hotels in Cannon Beach, built in 1892 from Spruce lumber. Guests took the train to Seaside and arrived at the hotel on foot, horseback or stagecoach over the toll road. The road ended at the hotel, where the proprietor served a free lunch and refreshments. The establishment burned down in 1913, and it wasn’t until the 1940’s that a new property was built in its place. Maps are available for pick-up by presenting your ticket on Tour day no earlier than noon at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall. Cottage & Garden Tour Facebook pic 2017

Included in the cost of your tour ticket is a Saturday night concert at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall. Join us for a post-tour celebration from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with wine, live music, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity. Local libations will be flowing thanks to Fort George Brewery and Buoy Beer Company. Local favorite, Thistle & Rose will provide music that will get you off your feet and dancing. Each year, as part of this popular fundraiser the Museum raffles of a locally hand-crafted piece of art and this year is no exception. This year, the raffle includes a painting by Cannon Beach artist, Jeffrey Hull, a beautiful vase by the artists of Icefire Glassworks, and much more! Raffle tickets are just five dollars. The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m.Raffle tickets are one for $5, three for $10 or seven for $20. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $35.


The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall on Sunday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy English style tea from Kettle/Black Teahouse of Cannon Beach while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Dawn Hummel. Hummel has become a well-known and highly sought-after marketing consultant for horticulture and landscape designers. Over the years, this skill has developed into a f2017 Garden Teaull-blown passion for gardening and landscape that takes Hummel all over the world. Hummel’s unique background in trucking – something she adamantly wanted to get out of when she left the industry to work as a sales and marketing manager of Blooming Nursery in Oregon – ended up coming back to haunt her and ultimately gave her a competitive advantage in the work she does now. Not only is she a marketing expert, she’s an award-winning tradeshow booth and display designer and knows her way around a garden as well. Her specialty is stages, perennial bed planting designs, seasonal potted containers and garden renovations. Tickets for the Garden Tea are $20.

Tickets for these events go on sale July 1st. You can purchase your tickets on our website, over the phone (503-436-9301), or in person at 1387 S. Spruce St, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

This summer the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s seasonal art exhibit will feature the work of over ten Pacific Northwest artists.  Behind the Lens will open on Friday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Crater Lake (Inside the _Log Cabin_)

Behind the Lens is an exhibit featuring three to five pieces from both amateur and professional photographers alike. Each artist was given the freedom to share their story through visual art, but in some cases, their love of Cannon Beach and Oregon.   A mixture of metal, wood, canvas, and framed pieces with vibrant colors, innovative content, and truly inspiring stories.

Meredith S Photo ExhibitThis exhibit was made possible with funding from Clatsop County and will be on display through September of this year. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come..Riley Photo Exhibit

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come.

For more information visit the museum’s website or find us on Facebook!

Raffle Tickets Now On Sale!

We have some amazing items we are raffling off for this years fall raffle. A few of our big items are an original Icefire Glassworks signed by the artist Jim Kingwell, and an original framed print by local artist Jeffrey Hull. You could even have a chance to win a one night stay at the Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach, or a one night stay at the River Inn at Seaside. We will have a variety of other prizes you could win from a gift card for your favorite cup of joe, to a book from a local author.


Carol’s Geraniums By Jeffrey Hull

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Original piece by Icefire Glassworks

Drawing will  take place at the museum on Saturday, September 9, as part of the Museum’s annual fundraiser the Cottage and Garden Tour. You do not have to be present to win.  You can purchase your raffle ticket in person at the museum, over the phone at 503-436-9301, or at our online gift shop.

For over a decade the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has welcomed renowned musicians from all over the United States. The series kicks-off each January and continues through May, and sometimes even June: from Jazz to toe-tapping Celtic music and everything in between. The series ends on June 9 with world-renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell.

This isn’t Stowell’s first performance at the museum. He has become a local favorite. A constant traveler, Stowell was the first American Jazz performer to appear in Russia after the fall of the JStowell_JohnStowellIron Curtain and he continued to sell out performances there for two decades after.

Stowell teaches internationally. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).

Stowell’s Through the Listening Glass with David Friesen was designated one of the “Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Examiner, and he was chosen as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” by Downbeat’s International Critic’s Poll in 1978 and 1979. He has appeared on BET’s Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.

“More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” Herb Ellis

Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets for the Stowell concert are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits, and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket include tasty treats and donated libations. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. See you there!

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit museum featuring seasonal historic, textile, and artistic exhibits. Get your tickets at or by phone 503-436-9301. The museum is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday and is donation based. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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