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Adlai Alexander Live!

Cannon Beach, Ore. Don’t miss acclaimed singer songwriter, Adlai Alexander, perform at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Adlai Alexander sings and accompanies himself with intricate guitar in a way that’s rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds.

Adlai enjoys the challenge of arranging band or orchestral music for solo guitar, drawing from his formal training in classical theory and composition. At times, his arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, ‘60s pop, and other music demand that he play simultaneous melody and bass lines—a technique he learned from world-class guitarist Tuck Andress, of the duo Tuck & Patti.

Sources for Adlai’s unexpected repertoire include Broadway and the Amazon rain forest, and he is known to sing in Portuguese, Hindi, or Japanese in any given set. Along with original music, he’s written lyrics for his own renditions of instrumental songs by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, and Ralph Towner. He’s also created lyrics based on quotes from Shakespeare, or titles of Duke Ellington songs.

Adlai has shared the stage with artists such as Randy Newman, Leo Kottke, Tuck & Patti, Kenny Rankin, and Brazilian star Marisa Monte. He’s appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival and venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.

 “A skilled writer, vibrant singer, and hotshot guitarist.” – JazzNow Magazine.

As music director of the variety show “Fog City Radio” on KQED-FM San Francisco, Adlai performed live weekly with host Ben Fong-Torres. In addition to his own first album, Adlai Alexander (Stella Records), he is featured on the soundtrack of the TV series “Santa Barbara.” He’s also written music for theater, dance, and classical chamber groups, and collaborated with Todd Rundgren, composing the multimedia musical “20/20 Blake” for innovative theater company George Coates Performance Works.

Seating for the Alexander concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 and include refreshments. 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.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Sprite Guest Lodgings in Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The April 13 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.15826553_1344722865558721_1509893878409697605_n

In 2015, Oregon’s population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, we’re also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today?

This is the focus of “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” a free conversation with Kerani Mitchell on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This program is hosted by the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

As an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She’s since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Lodging for event has been provided by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach, Oregon!



Inside one of the beautiful and quaint cottages on the 2016 Cottage and Garden Tour.

With nearly 400 attendees, the 13th annual Cottage and Garden Tour was one of the most successful tours to date. The Cottage and Garden Tour offered a full weekend of events including the pre-tour luncheon and lecture, tour of homes and gardens, and the garden style tea and presentation. There was a variety of beautiful dream homes, vintage cottages, and spectacular gardens.


Many people waiting in line anticipating to see one of the featured homes on the 2016 Cottage and Garden Tour.

Volunteers (Mandy Beaumont, Sherrie Bonsell, Christ Bouneff, Grace Bruseth, Kirk Carpenter, Lolly Champion, Theresa Dice, Andrea & Laura Edwards, Carol Ertwine, Karen French, Linda Gebhart, Maria Goodrich, Bev & Sharon Graver, Marcia Hartill, Mindy Hardwick, Lisa Herr, Christie Hoguiesson, Lisa Kerr, Jonathan Hoffman, Bob & Nancy Kroll, Claire Landrum, Kathe Leduc, Steve & Linda Mayer, Lynne Murray, Pam Richardson, Julie Sackett, Maryann Sinkler, Michelle Stegman, Linda Steiner, Sharon Stewart, Arnie & Cathy Swanson, Jane Swynenburg, Lila Wickham, and Marcia Zegar) worked tirelessly the entire weekend as docents, office workers, ticket sellers, greeters, and information volunteers. The Cottage & Garden Tour would not be successful without the gracious help of our volunteers. “Without our volunteers, this event would not be possible,” notes Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke.


One of the featured gardens on this year’s tour.

Staff and volunteers worked for almost 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. This year, the tour offered dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens in the Tolovana Park area of Cannon Beach.


One of the dream homes on this year’s tour showcased a vintage beach retro theme.

The homeowners (John Backes & Robin Roberts, Dorothy Canavan, Mark Edy, Inn at Cannon Beach Staff, Jeff & Robin Lichtenstein, Tom Olsen Jr., Bonnie Jean Schein, Melissa & Megan Schoenberg, Peter Spalding, and Carol & John Van Ditti) graciously opened their hearts and their homes for this year’s tour. “The homeowners were so incredible, gracious, and kind,” Museum Archivist, 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 their 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 four hundred attendees.


Built in 1928, this vintage cottage has retained many of its original features.

Our generous sponsors, listed by level (Platinum: Coaster Construction, Tolovana Inn, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller, Oregon Home Magazine;  Gold: Martin Hospitality, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, The Ocean Lodge; Silver: Cannon Beach Wine Shack & Provisions 124, Dogs Allowed, Driftwood Inn Restaurant & Lounge, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Tom’s Fish & Chips;  Bronze:
Basketcase – Your Cannon Beach Florst, Brim’s Farm & Garden, Cannon Beach Bakery, Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, Dragonfire Gallery, Fort George Brewery, Mariner Market, and Marty Giguiere with RE/MAX Coastal Advantage)
made this event possible. Special thanks also goes to Adrift Hotel, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, City of Cannon Beach, Erin J. Bernard, EVOO, Fellner & Kuhn, Fred Meyer, Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Human Bean of Seaside, Insomnia Coffee, Kelsey Mousley & The Next Right Thing, Libby Holah, Maggie & the Cats, Mo’s Restaurant, Mary Arnold, Nehalem Bay Winery, Newman’s at 988, Oregon Fine Foods, Pizza a’fetta, Sherian Wright, Sleepy Monk Coffee, Tolovana Inn Staff. A huge thank-you also goes out to Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks, who created the beautiful sculpture, won by Jackie Andrews of Portland, Oregon!


A claw-foot tub adorns the bathroom in one of the featured homes of this year’s tour.

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 one of the biggest and most successful tour to date and could not have been a success without the help and support of the homeowners, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. We are very grateful for the tremendous community support for our annual tour, which enables us to continue our mission to preserve and share the very rich history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.


One of the dream homes on this year’s tour.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support in the History Center and for making this one of the most successful Cottage & Garden Tours to date!

Share your photos with us of the 2016 Cottage & Garden Tour on Instagram and Facebook by using the hashtag #CBCottageTour!

Mark your calendars for next year’s tour: September 8 – 10, 2017.


The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcomes special guest speaker, Dr. Douglas Wilson, on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Wilson will be giving a presentation regarding his most recent archaeological work at the Middle Village.

The Middle Village is a contact-period Chinook Indian village in the estuarine zone near the mouth of the Columbia River.  This site contains abundant fur-trade era goods and well-preserved architectural features associated with at least three plank structures. Early fur traders and explorers described the village. It was later used as Lewis & Clark’s Station Camp. The Middle Village contains an abundance of wealth items and a dearth of productive tools and debris within a traditional Chinook summer village. The archaeological excavations of the site suggest the intensity and context of interaction between the Chinook and the Euro-American fur traders.

Dr Doug Wilson

Dr. Doug Wilson

Dr. Wilson’s research interests include the colonial archaeology of the Pacific Northwest of North America, cultural identity, labor history, method and theory, and public archaeology and cultural resources management. He currently serves as the Historical Archaeologist to the Partnerships Program, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service and is the Director of the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute (NCRI), a partnership program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Washington.

Dr. Wilson continues to explore the historical archaeology of the Pacific Northwest and has a number of projects at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site. One of the projects is synthesizing research on the Fort Vancouver Village, a multicultural community that formed the heart of the British fur-trade headquarters post.  Archaeological research has been driven by the program’s Public Archaeology Field School, which has sampled houses and landscape from the Village to explore the nature of cultural identity, technological change, globalization, and public interpretation.  His research has appeared in the Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, Columbia Magazine, and more.

This program is a free event and is open to the public. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon. For more information visit or call 503-436-9301.

Cottage & Garden Tour

Attention, history hounds, architecture enthusiasts and the coastally curious: it’s nearly time to put on your walking shoes to take a tour through Cannon Beach’s unique homes and cottages.  The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum celebrates its thirteenth year of opening the doors to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town. Over the years the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.

Not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean and one of the most iconic Oregon images, Haystack Rock, in view. Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800’s. The August 1891 issue of the The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise” – ideal for rest and recuperation.  It was alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.  The unequivocal charm isn’t lost on visitors. The town was included as one of the most beautiful destinations by National Geographic. The Cottage & Garden Tour is a perfect excuse to visit. The fundraiser is scheduled for September 9th Kelsey Mousleythrough the 11th, 2016.

Friday, September 9

The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing.” This Oregon native has been performing for over a decade.  Get ready to hear vocals reminiscent of Diana Krall.  Tasty morsels will be provided by Sea Level Bakery + Coffee and Newman’s at 988.  Newman’s 988 is a small restaurant owned and operated by acclaimed Pacific Northwest Chef John Newman, so the food is sure to be delicious.  This event takes place at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

Cottage Tour Collage 2016 for website and social media 1

On Saturday, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. This year’s lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in current home design. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine, Gray Magazine, Oregon Home Magazine, The Oregonian, and was even selected for a featured custom furniture show case in the bi-annual furniture show Show-PDX.

The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year the tour will take place in the Tolovana area of 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 the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of F

A wonderful image taken by Frank Woodfield.

A wonderful image of Neahkanie Mountain side taken by Frank Woodfield. Woodfield owned a number of summer cottages in Tolovana area.  He would later retire there with wife, Irta

rank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900’s. His wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display.


If historic cottages aren’t your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two. Not to mention all of the other wonderful events that will take place on tour weekend.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Take off

You could win this beautiful garden sculpture by Jim Kingwell, of Icefire Glassworks. The piece would be a wonderful addition to any home or garden with its burnt umber and red tones.

You could win this beautiful garden sculpture by Jim Kingwell, of Icefire Glassworks. The piece would be a wonderful addition to any home or garden with its burnt umber and red tones.

your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Cats. Local libations will be flowing thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery. This event is included in the cost of your home tour ticket.


As part of our Saturday night event, the museum will be hosting a raffle with some luscious items and gift certificates from Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Insomnia Coffee, Adrift Hotel, Cannon Beach Mo’s, EVOO, as well as artwork from Icefire Glassworks, an original painting by Washington artist Mary Arnold, and so much more!


For just $5 you have the opportunity to take home an original Jim Kingwell glass sculpture.

Sunday, September 11

Garden Tea

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a retired mechanical engineer with a passion for insects, specifically bees.  She tours regularly giving workshops and conducting speaking events on the topics of bees.  Her book, Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener, becomes an engaging multimedia display on creating the ideal garden for bees.  A not to miss presentation!

On Sunday, September 11, enjoy an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn. Our guest speaker is Oregon author Sherian Wright.

On Sunday, September 11, enjoy an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn. Our guest speaker is Oregon author Sherian Wright.

Tea and coffee will be provided by local roasters Sleepy Monk Coffee, treats from EVOO, and even delectable pastries made with love by volunteers.

The Cottage & Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser.  It provides 20% of the organization’s annual income and allows them to provide a free field trip program to area schools, seasonal exhibits, and even a free lecture series.  You can purchase tickets to this event now, through the museum’s website.  Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, or as a weekend package. Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can.

Each year, this event is supported by some fantastic local businesses – check them out.

Platinum sponsors: Coaster Construction, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller, Oregon Home Magazine, Tolovana Inn

Gold sponsors: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Martin Hospitality, The Ocean Lodge, Tom’s Fish & Chips

Silver sponsors: Cannon Beach Wine Shack, Dogs Allowed, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, Hallmark

Bronze sponsors: Basketcase, Brimm’s Farm and Garden, Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, Dragonfire Studio & Gallery, Mariner Market, RE/MAX Coastal Advantage

Raffle donations have been provided by: Adrift Hotel, Beth Willis, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Gabri Kirkendall, EVOO, Human Bean, Icefire Glassworks, Insomnia Coffee, Mo’s, Mary Arnold, Sleepy Monk Coffee

Special thank you to: City of Cannon Beach, Fellner & Kuhn, Tom Olsen Jr.


Cottage Tour, 2006.

Cottage Tour, 2006.

Attention Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour fans and fans of home tours!  It’s almost time to put on your walking shoes to take a tour through Cannon Beach’s unique homes and gardens.  Advance tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.  The Tour will take place on September 12 and 13, 2015.  Cannon Beach has been featured in National Geographic  “The World’s Most Beautiful Places” issue and was selected as one of the 100 essential spots for travelers to visit.  Recently, the town has also been named one of the best beach towns by Coastal Living.

The Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour focuses on architectural design, unique history, and the interior style quintessential to Cannon Beach.  And that’s just the tour of homes and gardens!  Attendees are also invited to a series of weekend-long events, concerts, and presentations.

Walk or bike the tour, that's up to you.

Walk or bike the tour, that’s up to you.

An impressive kitchen, featured on the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour.

An impressive kitchen, featured on the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour.

The first of these events is the ever popular luncheon and lecture on Saturday, September 12 at noon.  The luncheon will be prepared by tour favorite Culinary Capers and will take place at the Tolovana Inn.  Culinary Capers has been creating local and organic fare for the past three years of the tour.  The “lecture” portion will be a round table style discussion with long-time locals, historians, and friends of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.

After the presentation, attendees are invited to begin the self-guided home and garden tour at 1:00 p.m.  Maps and tickets be available at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum (1387 South Spruce Street) or at the Coaster Theatre (108 North Hemlock).  The Tour will take place in the area around EVOO and the Presidential Streets. Don’t miss the Cannon Beach Charter School’s lemonade stand. This is the second time the Charter School has partnered with the Cannon Beach History

Center & Museum to promote its efforts to bring an elementary school back to Cannon Beach.  Who can say no to a glass of lemonade served by a group of cute kiddos?

Cannon Beach Academy "Charter School" will return for the 2015 Tour.  Don't miss these cute kids and support a great project!

Cannon Beach Academy “Charter School” will return for the 2015 Tour. Don’t miss these cute kids and support a great project!

After all of that walking, attendees are invited back to the Museum to enjoy Maggie & the Cats live in concert, wine, beer from Fort George, tasty treats, and of course, the quilt raffle.  Maggie & the Cats is spear-headed by long-time residents Maggie Kitson and Richard T, and their team of professionals.  The group will rock the evening away with soulful blues, R&B, and funk. This event starts at 6:00 p.m.

"Jellyfish" was created by textile artist Constance Waisanen.  A combination of batiks, hand-dyed fabrics and intricate stitch work create this tide pools of Cannon Beach inspired quilt.

“Jellyfish” was created by textile artist Constance Waisanen. A combination of batiks, hand-dyed fabrics and intricate stitch work create this tide pools of Cannon Beach inspired quilt.

As part of this ever-growing fundraiser, the Museum offers a raffle of local textile art.  This year, the quilt was created by local textile artist Constance Waisanen and is entitled Jellyfish.  Waisanen integrates hand-dyed fabrics, batik, and unique stitch work to create engaging and emotive pieces worthy of any art gallery wall.  Jellyfish is a colorful exploration of the sea-life found in the tide pools of Haystack Rock.  For just $5 you have the opportunity to take this amazing piece home.

Debbie Teashon.

Debbie Teashon.

The final event will be an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn.  Enjoy a selection of Oregon made teas, homemade scones and other treats in a flower-filled setting.  Debbie Teashon owner of the Rainy Side Gardner and co-author of “Gardening for the Homebrewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More” will be giving a presentation entitled, “Life Beyond the Two-Season Garden Party.” Annual plants come and go, and we love their short-term bursts of fabulous colors. Yet here in the Northwest, perennials, shrubs, and trees can throw a party in the garden for more than two seasons. Toss in a few bulbs, and a pinch of design tips, and you have a recipe for a luscious garden.  Debbie Teashon presents the true stars of the Northwest garden & plants that spice up your garden in, around, and beyond the typical growing seasons.  Teashon is also a freelance garden writer, book author, and award winning photographer.  This event starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13.

Cottage & Garden Tour Schedule of events 2015.

Cottage & Garden Tour Schedule of events 2015.

For those interested in volunteering or sponsoring this fabulous fundraiser, you may contact Elaine Trucke at

Sponsored by: Coaster Construction, Tolovana Inn, Escape Lodging, Martin Hospitality, The Ocean Lodge, Driftwood Inn,

Tom’s Fish & Chips, Cannon Beach Property Management, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Pig n’ Pancake, Trucke’s 1-Stop

With special support from (and thanks to) Constance Waisanen, Oregon Historical Society, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Fort George Brewery, City of Cannon Beach, and Tom Olsen Jr.

A-May-zing Events in May

May, that month just just before summer weather begins and last minute planting takes place.  For some, May is the end of the school year, the beginning of a new job, or just another month in a series of twelve.  For the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, May couldn’t be any better!

This month we are looking forward to welcoming back Oregon author William Sullivan.  Sullivan gave a presentation several years ago to a packed house.  His presentation, on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. is the seasonal finale of the Museum’s free lecture series.  Or is it?

Sullivan will be giving an intriguing presentation on Oregon’s oddest hiking and travel destinations. Expect off-the-beaten-path tales of history and geology, as told in Sullivan’s latest collection of short stories, “The Oregon Variations.”

Sullivan has hiked every trail he could find in this state for his popular “100 Hikes” guidebooks, a series that he updates continually.. He has also written four novels and many nonfiction books about Oregon, including “Hiking Oregon’s History,” “Oregon Favorites,” and “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute.” His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.  Sullivan’s latest is a celebration of the state’s quirks with an entertaining collection of slides on Oregon’s most unique locations.  This event is free and open to all.

WWII on the Oregon Coast Opens

Join us on Memorial Day weekend for the opening of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s highly anticipated exhibit WWII on the Oregon Coast. The exhibit is a journey through the events that took place during World War II on the Oregon coast through the eyes of those who were there, images, and artifacts.  The exhibits seeks to understand the events that took place and how those events impacted Oregon and its coastal communities.

The exhibit opens with a weekend-long presentation series that begins on Friday, May22 at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation by Alisha Hamel.  Hamel is a member of the Oregon National Guard’s historic outreach program and is actively involved with the Oregon Military Museum. She is well known for her acclaimed documentary, “The Jungleers” about the 41st infantry division’s role during WWII.

Saturday’s presentation will be given at 7:00 p.m. by professor Ellen Eisenberg who will be presenting her latest book, The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII. Eisenberg has taught in the History Department since 1990, and holds the Dwight and Margaret Lear Chair in American History. She teaches courses on American history since the Civil War, American social history, American Jewish history, American immigration history, the 1960s, Reconstruction, the Holocaust, and a research seminar called History in the Archives.

WWII on the Oregon Coast will be on display May 22 through February of 2016.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

Beth Willis & Todd Chatalas Rock Duo

Don’t miss the season finale of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s Acoustic Series on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. Soul-blues diva Beth Willis and guitarist Todd Chatalas will knock your socks off for this final night of joy and rivalry.

Rock Duo Beth Willis and Todd Chatalas perform both rock, acoustic and blues music.  Willis, who has played in Cannon Beach before, is a local favorite who is well known for her smoky voice and an amazing stage presence. writes of Willis, “[hearing her] was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow for the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get) and a guitar.”

Willis was honored at the Portland Music Award in 2012 with the award for Best Female Artist. The Oregonian says, “Willis’ full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock, and western influences…” Willis is a soulful performer that takes listeners on a journey back in time, when music was pristine.   Willis has gone from playing on the sidewalks of downtown Portland to being an in-demand musician playing from Las Vegas, to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, and even to Seattle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Willis at Chatalas in a unique intimate setting. Tickets are $12 Adults and $2 Children.  The cost of tickets to this concert will help fund programs such as the Acoustic Folk & Lecture Series, exhibits, and field trip programs.

Bonnie HendersonOn Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Oregon author Bonnie Henderson will present her latest book “The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast” at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.

The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast is the gripping story of the geological discoveries and the scientists who uncovered them – that signal the imminence of a catastrophic tsunami on the Northwest Coast.

Henderson will talk about the fateful tsunami that occurred on a March evening in 1964. She will share the stories from locals like a ten-year-old Tom Horning who awoke near midnight to find his yard transformed. A tsunami triggered by Alaska’s momentous Good Friday earthquake had wreaked havoc in his Seaside, Oregon neighborhood. It was, as far as anyone knew, the Pacific Northwest coast’s first-ever tsunami.

Tsunami damage from the 1964 Good Friday Quake. Note the pieces of bridge and the small white house in the background.

Tsunami damage from the 1964 Good Friday Quake. Note the pieces of bridge and the small white house in the background.

More than twenty years passed before geologists discovered that it was neither Seaside’s first nor worst tsunami. In fact, massive tsunamis strike the Pacific Coast every few hundred years, triggered not by distant temblors but by huge quakes less than one hundred miles off the Northwest Coast. Not until the late 1990s would scientists use evidence like tree rings and centuries-old warehouse records from Japan to fix the date, hour, and magnitude of the Pacific Northwest coast’s last megathrust earthquake: 9 p.m., January 26, 1700, magnitude 9.0 – one of the largest quakes the world has known. When the next one strikes – this year or hundreds of years from now – the tsunami it generates is likely to be the most devastating natural disaster in the history of the United States.

Cascadia Zonal Chart

Bonnie Henderson will share the stories of scientists like meteorologist Alfred Wegener, who formulated his theory of continental drift while gazing at ice floes calving from Greenland glaciers, and geologist Brian Atwater, who paddled his dented aluminum canoe up coastal streams looking for layers of peat sandwiched among sand and silt.

Henderson’s compelling story of how scientists came to understand the Cascadia Subduction Zone – a fault line capable of producing earthquakes even larger than the 2011 Tohoku quake in Japan – and how ordinary people cope with that knowledge is essential reading for anyone interested in the charged intersection of science, human nature, and public policy.

Join us for a compelling discussion on what will be and how to be prepared. This presentation is FREE and open to the public.

“Brilliantly written… The depth of reportage is impressive.” —William Dietrich, New York Times bestselling author of The Barbed Crown, Emerald Storm, Blood of the Reich, and more

“Henderson has a novelist’s knack for getting into the hearts and minds of her characters, and she makes complex science not only clear but exciting.” —David Laskin, author of The Family and The Children’s Blizzard

Bonnie Henderson’s strong voice and sharp eye bring to life the boots-on-the-ground reality of earthquake science. A valuable addition to any Northwest bookshelf.” —Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air

“In The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast, Bonnie Henderson has given us not only the geological history of our coast, but also the stories of the many men and women who have spent their lives discovering this history. This is a must-read for those of us who have chosen the coast to be our home and gives us knowledge to deal with the uncertainty we face here. And as long as Tom Horning lives here, I feel, I too can make it.” —Karen Emmerling, Beach Books, Seaside, Oregon

“The book is a must-add to your shelf of Northwest disaster lit and serves a reminder for those who live on water to head for the high ground when things start to shake. You wont have time to build an ark.” —Knute Berger, Crosscut

“Tension occupies the center of “The Next Tsunami,” which is by turns a story of obsession, a geologic mystery and an inquiry into how we deal with disasters—or, more often, don’t.” —Los Angeles Times

The 2015 Cottage & Garden Tour

It’s hard to believe that plans for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum twelfth annual Cottage & Garden Tour have already begun.  It seems only yesterday, that the tour was organized by only five volunteers and catered to just thirty attendees.  The Tour now boasts over five hundred annual attendees and, thankfully, over thirty amazing volunteers.  The event has become the Museum’s annual fundraiser providing 20% of the annual budget.

“Without the help of the community and homeowners, this event couldn’t happen,” says Executive Director, Elaine Trucke.

“Over the years, we have tried to add various events to the weekend,” adds Trucke, “But in the last two years we have focused on making the most popular events more streamlined and more enjoyable for tour-goers.  We also want to make life as easy on the homeowners and volunteers as we can.  They are the stars of the event.”

With the help of the City of Cannon Beach’s Tourism and Arts Commission grant program the Cottage & Garden Tour has been able to morph into the event it has become.  A weekend of music, gardens, and home tours, not mention fun.  For those who have never attended or even heard of Cannon Beach’s Cottage & Garden Tour, the event takes place one weekend in September.  The weekend is usually chosen based on the hope for better weather, but rain or shine those doors will open.  Each year, the Cottage Tour committee chooses from 9 – 13 homes and gardens in a select area of Cannon Beach.  They aim to keep the location easily walkable while incorporating historic gems, architectural wonders, and whimsical gardens.

Garden Features from the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour.  Photo by Erin J. Bernard and Elaine Trucke.

Garden Features from the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour. Photo Elaine Trucke.

Dahlia Garden Tour 2013

Photo of a Dahlia from a garden featured on the 2013 Cottage & Garden Tour.

A beachy cottage interior of one of the homes featured in Oregon Home Magazine in 2012.

A beachy cottage interior of one of the homes featured in Oregon Home Magazine in 2012.

For those who love interior design or just perusing homes for ideas, this tour has something for you.  Each home features unique a unique design and style.  Some are so innovative and stylish that they have been featured in Oregon Home Magazine.  To-date five homes have been featured.

In addition, the Cottage & Garden Tour includes a luncheon and presentation prior to the tour.  This event has taken place at the Tolovana Inn for the past few years.  The Inn has graciously donated the space each year, otherwise, as Trucke says, it wouldn’t happen.  For those who aren’t aware the Tolovana Inn stands where the Warren Hotel used to be. The Warren Hotel was an acclaimed hotel and retreat on the Oregon Coast that the Warren brothers constructed in 1911. One of their first guests was Oregon’s 14th governor, Oswald West. The original Warren hotel was razed sometime in the 60’s.  The lecture could cover a series of topics, but generally discussing architecture, history, or gardening.

Sunshine, wine, and live music.  What  could be a better end to a day of touring homes?

Sunshine, wine, and live music. What could be a better end to a day of touring homes?

When the homes have closed their doors for the day tour-goers are invited back to the museum for a concert and a glass of tasty wine from one of the event’s featured wineries.  The staff and board members generally raffle off a series of great items at this event, the highly sought after is the annual Cottage Tour quilt.  The quilt is created each year by a local volunteer and textile artist.  This year, Trucke hints that the committee has something a little different to offer up.

While planning of the 2015 Cottage & Garden Tour has begun, the committee plays it pretty close to the chest.  The location has been chosen and several homes and gardens have already been approached.  As part of the behind-the-scenes planning the committee has just begun approaching sponsors and vendors.  If you are interested in supporting the event that Sunset Magazine calls the best annual event in Cannon Beach contact Elaine Trucke at

Whatever locations that have been chosen, this year’s tour is already geared for another fantastic year!


Satori Bob Concert

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcomes Oregon singer and songwriter John Baumann to perform as part of the Museum’s annual acoustic series on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Satori Bob

Satori Bob

Baumann has been performing for over twenty years.   Baumann’s style has been compared to that of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and even Stephen Stills. He and his group, Satori Bob, have become well known for their eclectic covers and upbeat folk melodies. The group hales from Eugene, Oregon, although they have garnered a cult following throughout the Pacific Northwest. The group had a busy 2014 and received acclaim for their “lyrically compelling” songs. While the music has also been called strange, it has that familiar feel – as if you’ve heard the song before, but can’t place it. An ode to music that is well written and thoughtfully composed. This group is a must-see for a February winter night.

This will be their first performance in Cannon Beach. For those who have never had the joy of attending a concert at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, you are in for a treat! The organization limits the sell of tickets in order to keep the venue ambiance warm and welcoming. The acoustics are phenomenal!

You can purchase tickets by phone 503-436-9301 or through their website at Tickets are $12.00 adults and $2.00 children, complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund the museums seasonal exhibits, field trip program and free events. Don’t miss your chance for some toe-tapping fun!

This concert has been brought to you by VACASA.

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