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Cannon Beach History News

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Upcoming Events:

Earliest Settlements of the Americas – Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Archaeological work in the Americas has been causing a lot of controversy. It seems that the Americas may have been settled a lot earlier than hypothesized – a lot earlier! Most recently, a site in California appears to push human activity back to between 120,000 and 140,000 years ago. This is more than a hundred thousand years before humans were thought by archaeologists to be here. This site is among a few other recent discoveries, which include Paisley Caves that are rewriting the human history of the Americas.

On Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcomes Dr. Cameron M. Smith to discuss this very topic. Dr. Smith is an Anthropology Professor at Portland State University and is a highly recognized scholar on human history, archaeology and evolution.

Dr. Smith will be discussing the old and new theories about the earliest dispersals of humans into the Americas. Whether by land or sea, these new archaeological sites bring about new questions. His talk, “By land, Se and Shore: New Evidence and Theories on the Earliest Human Dispersals into the Americas,” will be free and open to the public.

Dr. Smith has a PhD in Archaeology from Canada’s Simon Fraser University and is a respected scholar, who has published scientific works in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, as well as Scientific American, Scientific American MIND, Discover Magazine, Archaeology Magazine, South American Explorer, Spaceflight, Skeptical Inquirer, The Next Step, and The Bulletin of Primitive Technology.

Dr. Smith has also appeared on PBS, The History Channel, and on the National Geographic channel.  Smith was even a guest on Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku’s radio show Science Fantastic.

For those who have not attended a lecture by Dr. Smith, you are in for a treat!   He is an engaging lecturer who keeps attendees on the edge of their seats.  You won’t want the lecture to end!

For more information about Cameron M. Smith –

This event is free and open to the public.

This event has been sponsored by the Inn at Cannon Beach!


Olivia Millerschin Concert – Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Not all musicians are cut from the same music note. After ten years of a monthly acoustic series, the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has decided to change things up by bringing new musicians with fresh perspectives. In February, it was the Dmitri Matheny Jazz Noir concert – a sold out event. This May, it will be Olivia Millerschin and her band.

At just twenty-two, singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin has composed and released two full-length albums. Her second, “Look Both Ways” has recently been nominated for an Independent Music Award in the category of Best Adult Contemporary Album. A Detroit, Michigan native, Millerschin is making a small tour around the Pacific Northwest in May with only three stops in Oregon! She recently celebrated her second John Lennon Songwriting Award with a main stage showcase at NAMM 2018. Her voice was also heard in the 2018 Olympics Ice Dancing competition for skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. She was a quarter finalist on America’s Got Talent, has won the great American Song Contest, and is featured on Republic Records soundtrack to Mitch Albom’s latest novel. Millerschin also has had her music and voice featured in national film and television. She plays the ukulele, piano, guitar, and headlines national tours. She’s also opened for many established artists. Did we mention that she’s just twenty-two?

Millerschin has received accolades for her celestial voice and old soul style. She performs a blend of vintage fold and modern pop.

“Olivia has a voice far beyond her years – gentle and lilting, and filled with the emotions that riddle her lyrics. Look Both Ways straddles the line of folk and electronic, like artists such as Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.” – 60 Best Albums of 2016 – DittyTV Staff Picks

“Olivia Millerschin is producing some of the best regional music right now and should be a star.” – Lemonade Magazine

“Olivia has a voice melt into – it is beautiful, innocent, soulful and note perfect despite reaching some notes only dogs can hear!…As far as ‘uniqueness’ is concerned, this American has it in spades.”  – Nottingham Post

Millerschin’s second album Look Both Ways is an infusion of clever lyrics, haunting melodies, colorful pop, and soul. Produced in Brooklyn and Detroit, the album mirrors the grit and hopefulness of both cities and reflects her quest to “look both ways” as she relishes in the good while proceeding with caution in a complex music industry and world.

This concert will be held on Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to this concert are $15 each and include complimentary refreshments. Seating is limited and it is believed that this concert will sell out quickly. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the Museum’s online gift shop. *For all active members, please call the Museum to learn about how you can receive up to two complimentary tickets.


Poetry & Music Concert – Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m., the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will be putting on a free community concert.  The museum would like to thank the community of Cannon Beach and beyond for its continued support by offering Poetry Music for all who may attend.

The program is called, “Where Words and Music Meet.”   Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have presented this multi-media program in over one hundred fifty (and counting) venues throughout the United States.  They combine the sound of a vibraphone, cello, and voice with the poetry.  They have combined jazz with the works of Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Rumi, and more.  The world-class chamber jazz duo will include a slide of photographs and chosen portions of the poems.  One reviewer had this to say about Lee and O’Brien, “A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic combines poetry, exquisite music and visual images for a truly unique multi-media experience.”

“I can highly recommend PoetryMusic with musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two.  Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello and has a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals.  The lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Pablo Neruda to Shakespeare!!  Beautifully rendered into song and music and supported by words and photography cast on a screen behind the performers.  My audience was transfixed.  We all felt we experienced something very special and unique.  The music and performance revealed new layers of meaning for the chosen poetry and literature.  What a remarkable fusion of literature and music. ” Tina Smith, Stevenson/North Bonneville Community Librarian.

Lee and O’Brien have been performing together for over thirty years.  They grew up about a mile from each other in Portland, Oregon, and met in 1980 when O’Brien asked Lee to play drums in a quartet she was forming.  The meeting of kindred musical spirits is always a fortunate encounter and the two soon realized they had more in common as soul mates.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum would like to host this event as a thank you to the community of Cannon Beach and beyond!  They are offering this event for free and open to the public, although we suggest getting there early because seating is limited, and the doors will be closed promptly at 7:00 p.m.


Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Stewarding Our Public Forests – Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This image is from “This Oregon Life”
We live in a state with abundant forests, and yet we don’t all see the same thing when we look into the woods. Oregon is known for both its timber industry and its deep environmental values. What are the beliefs we have about our forests and what will we, as a state, do to steward, manage, and protect this special resource?
This is the focus of “Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Stewarding Our Public Lands,” a free conversation with Mariah Action on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, 1387 South Spruce Street. This program is hosted by Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Mariah Acton is a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Oregon, where her master’s work focuses at the intersection of conflict resolution, nonprofit management, and public administration. As a recent social science researcher for the US Forest Service and a volunteer facilitator with forest collaboratives in the southern Willamette Valley, she recognizes that this is an exciting time for public-driven, sustainable forest management, and she appreciates that there are more conversations to be had.
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