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In less than two short weeks, Kristin Shauck and Tim Liddiard’s exhibit, Of Two Minds closes. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to see the beautifully abstract and figurative pieces, now is your last chance.

This exhibit is an exploration of both artists varied pasts and experiences. Each piece is an inspiration of color. Liddiard says, “Inspired by color field paintings as a springboard for my explorations, I am interested in experimenting with how colors interact, starting with simpler color combinations and progressing to more complex.” The show integrates Shauck’s own philosophy and love of nature as well. Shauck says, “Since my childhood, I have always felt a deep connection to and fascination with animals of all kinds, from the tiniest insect to the largest mammals, and have always experienced a profound sense of both awe and joy while in their presence. I seek to capture the essense of both humans and animals by beginning each painting with a very spontaneous, gestural approach, drawing initally with either chalk or directly with a brush, and progressing with many obsessive layers of vibrant color.”


Megafauna by Tim Liddiard and Kristin Shauck

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesday.

How do recipes work? Why do we collect them? Who do we write them for? How can recipes help us connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture?

This is the focus of a free conversation with Jennifer Roberts on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. The museum is excited to once again partner with Oregon Humanities to host a thought provoking conversation project. The Conversation Project is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. We encourage you to bring any treasured recipes that you would like to share with the group. These recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout this Conversation Project program.


Write and independent scholar, Jennifer Roberts, will introduce historical and current recipes.

Roberts is a writer and independent scholar who lives in Josephine County. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her fascination with the history of science and medicine. Studying alchemy and early pharmacology sparked her interest in recipes of all kinds. She is currently working a novel set in the seventeenth century that involves witchcraft, alchemy, and, of course, recipes.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical tour 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 this event has been sponsored by The Ocean Lodge of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Lecture Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Ecola Inn

The Ecola Inn (also known as the Ecola Hotel and the Ecola Inn Hotel) was built in 1913 and utilized about half of the site of the present day Surfsand Resort. It was built by August and his son, Roy Becker, who were both major landholders in Cannon Beach (they also built the property where the Cannon Beach Hotel now sits, originally known as the Becker Building), with some help from Frank Madden, Paul Bartels, John Brallier, and Mr. Prosser. Mr. Bartels, who was famously known for creating massive fireplaces throughout Cannon Beach, was paid $2.00 a day and the carpenters were paid $4.00 a day for their work. Sometime after it was built, August Becker sold the hotel to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Kofelt, and their associates, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shaw. It was then, in 1931, that the property was sold to E.A. Hollinshead and his son, John Hollinshead. The hotel went through many owners over the years, but due to spotty records, it is unclear who all of the other owners were and when they took over.

The Inn was open all year round and the rooms featured twin beds with a bath or shower and connecting rooms. There were also apartments with maid services. The price to stay at the Inn was between $2.50 to $3.50 per night and it was $15.00 per week to rent a two-room apartment.


The exterior of the hotel. To the left you can see the drug store as well as the restaurant.

The front of the lobby was adorned with a large fireplace, which was perhaps constructed by Paul Bartels. The east lobby was done in Firtex from St. Helens, with an inlaid surf girl designed desk front, from pieces of linoleum, and easy chairs with chrome springed arms. The Inn became a social gathering spot and was known for its ping-pong tourneys in the lobby. The lobby also became a place for and guests to gather around the piano and harmonize together. According to records, the Inn was sold to a Mrs. Emma Fowler in 1948 in which she operated it for seven years. Her pet parrot, Loleta, was brought from South America and became almost as famous at the hotel itself. Loleta spoke many words, was delighted in calling the pet dog, and became upset when it saw men wearing gloves and a hat. After Mrs. Fowler sold the hotel in 1955, Loleta left as well.


This photo shows the South side of the building and was taken sometime after it was built.

The hotel also offered a bike service where visitors could rent bicycles and ride them along the beach. Even though everyone used the beach as a highway at that time, it was only accessible when there was a creek nearby with a constant flow of water, which kept the sand hard enough for cars to drive on. Ecola Inn was one of the few spots that had a connecting ramp for cars or bicycles to use.

The hotel also featured a drug store that was connected to the South side of the building called Roth Drug Store. A man named Mr. Arnold was in charge of the Pharmacy. A graduate in Pharmacy, Mr. Arnold had over forty-years of experience in the drug store business in Chicago, Nebraska, Montana, Spokane, Washington, and twenty-five years in Portland, Oregon.

By the late 1930s, an extension was added onto the South side of the Inn next to the drug store where were meals served. The restaurant was owned and operated by the Stevens family. Although they didn’t arrive to Cannon Beach until the late 1930s, they began serving the public with seafood in 1903. The restaurant went through several names (Ecola Sea Food Inn and Ecola Tavern) until it ended up being named the Ecola Restaurant. Breakfast was $0.20, lunch was between $0.35 – $0.50, dinner was $0.75, an entire pie was $0.75, and a seven course meal was a $1.00! The restaurant was expanded and remodeled in the beginning of 1951, but was closed down just a few decades later to make way for a new and updated Ecola Inn.


The interior of the Ecola Restaurant offered a “drive-in” service as well as banquets and group dinners in their private dining space.

The Inn was purchased by Bill Hay in 1965 and was then razed in ’66, and the conversion of the motel that you see today began in 1976 and was officially back open for business in the summer of 1981 with just thirteen oceanfront rooms. Several generations have grown up at the Ecola Inn and continue to bring their families. The hotel continues to remain unique with a balance of nostalgia and modern needs, and the history of this place remains the same.

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 begins once more on January 20 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 Iron Curtain and he continued to sell out performances there for two decades after.

Stowell teaches intjohn-stowell-2016ernationally. 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 $10 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.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.

This event has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality.

Holiday Celebration


Family, friends, kids, Oregonians! It’s time to have a little fun and maybe laugh a little. On Saturday, December 17, the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes you to their annual holiday and appreciation event. Between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. the museum will offer a series of fun festivities, tasty treats, and even a raffle!

Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, delicious Sleepy Monk coffee, and even a delightful holiday punch. The museum staff will have homemade cupcakes, brownies, and other tasty treats for you to enjoy.

Bring the kiddos for story time at 1:00 p.m. when Executive Director, Elaine Trucke and Archivist, Liz Johnson read from their favorite holiday tomes. The kids will also love the museum’s own Christmas Banana.

“Everyone has a Santa,” says director Elaine Trucke, “we have the Christmas Banana.” While the story behind the potassium carrying holiday loving character is a bit unclear, one can’t help but be curious.

In addition to the Christmas Banana, museum staff will be sporting their favorite holiday ugly sweaters all day. Enjoy a relaxing coloring session or learn some unique Cannon Beach history. The coloring contest will have an adult competition group – let’s get artsy! As well as a teen group 13-19, kids 4-11, and the abstract stylings of ages three and below.

Don’t miss the free raffle! Everyone that visits the museum on Saturday, December 17 will automatically be entered to win a Terrible Tilly Hoodie or basket of goodies from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen (one entry per person.) Not to mention, everything in the Museum’s gift shop will be 40% off for active members! Sounds like a perfect holiday treat!


Join artists Kristin Shauck and Tim Liddiard at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum as they open their latest exhibit “Of Two Minds: A Collaborative Exploration Between Tim Liddiard and Kristin Shauck.” The exhibit will open this Saturday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Tim Liddiard was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the United States when he was 15 years old. He lived and studied in Texas and Utah before relocating to the Northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Portland State University in Oregon, and has been taking art classes and practicing art for fifteen years. His artmaking approach is process based and is strongly influenced by his broad work experience, including garment dyeing, working in construction, teaching, and truck driving. He has exhibited his artwork regionally in the state of Oregon.


Painting by Tim Liddiard

Kristin Shauck holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing (magna cum laude) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (1989) and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Texas A&M Commerce (1993). Having taught at the college level in both Texas and South Dakota for over a decade prior to relocating to the Northwest, she is currently in her thirteenth academic year teaching painting, drawing, and design at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, where she also serves as founding director of Au Naturel: the Nude in the 21st Century, an annual international competition of figurative art. She has exhibited her own artwork in various regional and national exhibitions as well as internationally in England, Japan, and India.

The exhibit is an exploration of both artists varied past and experience. Each piece is an inspiration of color. Liddiard says, “Inspired by color field paintings as a springboard for my explorations, I am interested in experimenting with how colors interact, starting with simpler color combinations and progressing to more complex.” The show integrates Shauck’s own philosophy and love of nature as well. Shauck says,” Since my childhood, I have always felt a deep connection to and fascination with animals of all kinds, from the tiniest insect to the largest mammals, and have always experienced a profound sense of both awe and joy while in their presence. I seek to capture the essence of both humans and animals by beginning each painting with a very spontaneous, gestural approach, drawing initially with either chalk or directly with a brush, and progressing with many obsessive layers of vibrant color.”

The exhibit will be on display from December 3 through February of 2017.

In early January 1881, the Bristish ship Lupatia wrecked on Tillamook Rock, a wreck that killed 16 sailors and had only one survivor – a shepherd dog that accompanied the crew.  The Lupatia was known as a “bark” ship, or a ship with three masts, and wrecked a mere three weeks before Tillamook Rock Lighthouse went into full operation. Captain Wheeler, who oversaw construction of the lighthouse, roused his crew when startled by the sound of voices outside.

“The weather was thick, with a strong southwest gale,” says Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. “They at once sighted the red light of a ship inshore, and heard a terror-stricken voice give the order, ‘Hard aport.’” Wheeler ordered his crew to place lanterns in the uncompleted tower and began building a bonfire to warn the vessel of the rock only 600 feet away. Unfortunately for the Lupatia it was too late.

“Her yards were aback, and she seemed to be working out of the dangerous place, but soon afterward the red light disappeared, and no further cries were heard from those on board,” says Lewis and Dryden. The lighthouse workers were optimistic that perhaps some crew had survived the incident, but the following day, 12 dead bodies were discovered on the nearby beach. Whining amongst them was the dog, more fortunate than his human companions.

Not every shipwreck on the Oregon Coast claimed the lives of sailors. In fact, the wreck of the Peter Iredale in 1906 left all 27 people on board unharmed, including two stowaways. By the time the Peter Iredale reached Tillamook Head in October of 1906, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse had been in operation for nearly 25 years. The ship’s lookout sighted the lighthouse at 3:20 a.m., so the course was altered, but the wind shifted, a heavy northwest squall struck the vessel, and the ship ran aground.


Peter Iredale, c. 1906

“We consider that everything was done by the master to get his ship out of danger,” said P.L. Cherry of the British Vice-Consul in November 1906. “The set of the current and the sudden shift of the wind drove him so close in that in the act of wearing around to get his ship’s head off shore, she stranded.” Most coastal residents have seen the wreckage of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens State Park, formerly a military outpost, where the rescued sailors from the wreck were fed, clothed, and housed after the incident.

Not all shipwrecks occurred in poor weather, however. On October 1, 1913, a beautiful day with calm seas and nearly no clouds, the Glenesslin, bound for Portland, was sighted sailing unusually close to Nehalem shores.  Historic Cannon Beach citizen Paul Bartels recounted his impressions of the wreck in a 1978 oral history.  “The Glenesslin came in at Neahkahnie Mountain,” Bartels told the Cannon Beach History Center. “I took the picture with one of those old-timey cameras, you know the kind that you have to throw the black rag over your head.”

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The Glenesslin, photo by Paul Bartels


“The day was nice and the old sea captain, he had been hittin’ it pretty heavy, because they were coming ashore. You see, they wanted to get rid of the whiskey,” Bartels said. “They were all pretty well loaded up, and he said he was going to lay down a while. At 2 o’clock he was woken up and they had changed course. They were coming up on the rock and there was no wind so they just plowed right into the rock. The Court of Inquiry held to determine the cause of the wreck confirmed the suspicions of helpful beach-goers who helped tie lines to the rocks on shore and pull the 21 drunken crewmen to safety. There was no mistaking the odor of liquor on many of the survivors, reports said.

For his negligence, Captain Owen Williams, master of the ship, as well as his second mate John Colefield, were suspended for six months. The first mate F.W. Harwarth got off with a reprimand.


The Glenesslin and her crew

No matter the cause of the tragic ends of the thousands of vessels that have met their deaths on the Oregon Coast, one thing is for sure, the Graveyard of the Pacific holds the ships’ ghost stories somewhere in her stormy depths.



Trivia DesignBack by popular demand is the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s trivia contest event. This family friendly event is a great way to bond or to compete for the highest prize. This one-day event takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

At just $2 a sheet and an almost guaranteed chance to win some candy from Schwieterts Cones and Candy, it is a must-do! Each card contains ten questions that must be answered while in the Museum. No cell phone or internet searches are allowed! All of the questions are contained within the Museum’s exhibits and displays.

“The event is a combination of scavenger hunt and trivia contest,” explains Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke, “the answer to every single question are contained within the Museum’s exhibits, even the bonus questions.”


Come stretch your brain organ!

Those who answer all ten questions correctly will win a prize. You can only win once, but you will win! The staff and volunteers will make sure of that. While they cannot give you answers, they can guide you in the right direction.

The Museum will offer brain food in the form of Sleepy Monk coffee and a few light snacks. Writing materials and writing stations will be provided throughout the Museum. Candy prizes have been provided by Schwieterts Cones and Candy of Cannon Beach. You won’t want to miss this fun event!

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has become well-known for its displays of beautiful textile work, but the organization likes to spread its wings every now and again. This fall, we are looking forward to hosing an exhibit by Stirling Gorsuch. On Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m., Gorsuch’s latest exhibit, Oregon Visions opens at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Gorsuch is a Cannon Beach native and rising star in the art community with his printed creations.


Phase Dance II by Stirling Gorsuch

The pieces for Oregon Visions span the last few years of his work, which was inspired by the beautiful contrasting landscapes of Oregon. Gorsuch says, “My choice to focus on landscape in my work originated from my upbringing in Cannon Beach.” He memoralizes time spent by a bonfire, stargazing, hiking soggy trails, and surfing frigid Pacific summer waters. Gorsuch also spent several years in Bend, an area that has become as much of an inspiration as Cannon Beach with its drastically different seasons, raging forest fires, and snowy blizzards. These “intense natural phenomena became central themes in my work.”

Over the years, Gorsuch says that he has experienced “a shift in how I perceived landscape, not just as a place, but also as a subject for further investigation into how time shapes environments.”


In a word, “Oregon Visions” is Oregon. Oregon now and Oregon as it was. Inspired, breathtaking, and beautiful. His prints integrate landscapes that we know and love with angular and geometric shapes creating iconographic symbols, such as a four-paned window. Now living in Portland, Gorsuch balances his time between the coast and the desert and is inspired by both. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet this talented and humbled artist at the Oregon Visions opening on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy tasty morsels and libations. The exhibit will be on display at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum for a relatively short time, just through November.



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.


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