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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 Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located in the mid-town area of Cannon Beach. Though the museum is small, it has big ambitions. In 2011, they were one of the smallest museum’s to host the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit Earth from Space. They are currently showcasing two temporary exhibits: one on “World War II on the Oregon Coast” and a textile exhibit about “Japanese Americans in Internment Camps.” Permanent exhibits feature a Native American Longhouse replica, history of Cannon Beach, and features Herman the logger as part of an Oregon logging exhibit. The Museum hosts a free lecture series that caters to the community at large by bringing speakers from all over the United States to speak on many different topics in their event space. If you’ve never been, this is a great excuse to visit.
The Museum Day Live! tickets are currently available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. 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: Smithsonian.com/museumdayvenues.
On October 6, 2017, the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s latest art exhibit opens 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.
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. In 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.
International 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 and Museum is now a part of the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. It is the latest addition to the Fred Meyers Rewards Program where you can earn donations for your favorite nonprofit just by shopping with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer will donate $2.5 million to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2017 through this program.
Sign up for the Community Rewards Program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. You can search for us by our name or by our nonprofit number – 80763. *If you have already registered, you will need to re-link your card. You can follow the same steps as you would to sign up.
Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping us earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has partnered with Amazon.com’s Smile Program. When you visit AmazonSmile.com, you can make purchases and still support a local business – us!
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon.com, but with the added ability for shoppers to support the charitable organization of their choice.
When you shop at AmazonSmile.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Cannon Beach Historical Society. It’s that easy to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you! Click here to sign up.