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Upcoming Events:

Bayocean: Atlantis of Oregon – Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. for their last lecture of the season as they welcome Oregon author, Jerry Sutherland. Jerry will be discussing his latest book, Bayocean: Atlantis of the Ocean which focuses on the Oregon resort town that fell into the Pacific Ocean. Like Plato’s fictional island kingdom, most of Bayocean sank below the sea long ago. The rest lies buried beneath the shore pine, salal, and beach grass covering the four-mile-long spit that protects Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean. His book chronicles the half-century the Oregon resort town existed, tells the stories of the people involved, and explains its financial and physical demise. Fifty-seven maps, photographs, and diagrams help readers visualize this unique catastrophe.
Jerry Sutherland began researching Oregon history in 2012 after his father (Art) asked him to look up something about Calvin Tibbets at the Oregon Historical Society. The thrill he experienced in discovering new information about historical events and people led to future visits, trips to archives across the United States and Canada, and the publishing of Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer in August 2016.
In the fall of 2014, Sutherland learned that Bayocean—the sandspit that separates Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean—had once hosted a thriving resort. His surprise at having never seen any evidence of its existence while hiking there prompted him to learn more. He created to share some of what he was discovering with the public. When Grant McOmie took notice in the summer of 2015, he asked for help with a Grant’s Getaway program about Bayocean. Four years later, Jule Gilfillan consulted him regarding an Oregon Field Guide special. Increasing interest from book publishers prompted Sutherland to start writing Bayocean: Atlantis of Oregon in 2019. It was published in February 2023. Signed books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, located at 1387 South Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR. Seating for this event is at a limited capacity of 50 people. This lecture starts promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Parking for this event is extremely limited and it is encouraged to arrive early to find parking. This lecture is part of the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual John Williams Lecture Series that occurs every February through June. For further information about this event, visit or call 503-436-9301.

Writing Workshop: Summer Memories – Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

Dig deep into your summer memories with an immersive creative writing workshop on Saturday, June 8th at 1pm, led by local Cannon Beach author, Mindy Hardwick. Search through those old photos or memorabilia and bring your favorite as we explore how to write your personal stories in short vignettes to be shared with others.
The cost for this workshop is to pay what you wish by donation. Spaces are extremely limited, and it is expected to fill quickly. To sign up, please RSVP by email at, call us at 503-436-9301, or RSVP through our website.
Mindy Hardwick holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Her published contemporary romance includes her Cranberry Bay Series: Sweetheart Cottage and Sweetheart Summer. Mindy’s middle grade books include: The World is a Sniff, Stained Glass Summer, Some Stories Are Not Seen, and Seymour’s Secret. Mindy facilitated a poetry workshop for teens at Denney Juvenile Justice Center and wrote about the experience in her memoir, Kids In Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention. Mindy can often be found walking with her cocker spaniel on the north Oregon Coast beaches. Visit her website: www. to find out about new releases, upcoming events or to book her to speak to your class or school group.
This workshop will be held at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, located at 1387 South Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR. Seating for this workshop is extremely limited and an RSVP is required by email at or by calling the museum at 503-436-9301.

Summer Pickling Workshop – Saturday, June 29 from 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm

Join us at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Saturday, June 29, 2024, for a summer pickling workshop, where you’ll learn the basics of pickling fruits and vegetables from the Museum’s own Outreach Specialist, Zoe Swain. During this workshop, you will receive hands-on experience pickling both strawberries and red onions with step-by-step instructions that will be easy to replicate at home. Everyone will bring home one jar of pickled strawberries and one jar of pickled red onions.
There are two time slots available to choose from on June 29th, either from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The cost of this workshop is $20, which includes pickling materials. You will need to bring 2 jars for pickling.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum, over the phone at 503-436-9301 or through our online gift shop at To receive your member discount, call or stop by the museum.
Funds raised from this workshop will go towards the museum’s general operations.
Space for each workshop is limited, and it is expected to sell out, so get your tickets today!
This workshop will take place on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon (across from the Cannon Beach Fire Station). Parking is extremely limited, and it is encouraged to arrive early to find a parking space. For more information, visit our website at or find us on Facebook.


Temporary Exhibit:

From the Vault Exhibit

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is home to thousands of artifacts, each with their own unique history. From the Vault showcases nearly twenty different objects and photographs from the depths of the Museum’s archives. These artifacts have been explicitly chosen for their uniqueness and pertinence to the history of Cannon Beach. Visitors will discover the stories behind these unseen treasures. One of the iconic artifacts featured is the saddle used by Mary Gerritse while riding her horse Prince to deliver the mail along the coastline. The saddle is accompanied by entries from her journal sharing her harrowing story of nearly falling from a cliff side, to coming face to face with both a mountain lion and a bear, at different times. Gerritse took over the mail route when her husband was unable. She acted as the area’s mail carrier from 1897 until 1902.

The saddle Mary Gerritse wore with her horse, Prince.

The exhibit will also feature recently donated items from local businesses from way back when, and well as donated images taken by Frank Woodfield.

Discover tidbits of Cannon Beach history that you won’t find anywhere else!  On display now through December of 2016.









Temporary Classroom Exhibit:

60 Years of Sandcastle Exhibition

One of the sandcastles from the 1970’s
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest temporary exhibition, 60 Years of Sandcastles, opening March 1, 2024. Explore 60 years of sandcastle history with pictures, artifacts, and original posters from years past. The first Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was held just a few months after one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in U.S. history in March 1964. The 9.2 earthquake set a tsunami in motion that moved with such strength and velocity that the Ecola Creek Bridge was washed away and buildings on the north end of Cannon Beach were torn asunder. The townspeople of Cannon Beach were in shock and tourism began to dwindle. That spring, local families gathered for a Sandcastle Contest to help attract visitors. 60 years later the event has grown in popularity and continues to draw large crowds from all over the Pacific Northwest.
The 60 Years of Sandcastles exhibition will be on display at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum beginning March 1st through June 14th.