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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. – Poetry Reading with Cliff Taylor


We are excited to kick off our annual lecture series this February. They are thrilled to welcome local author and poet, Cliff Taylor on Thursday, February 15th at 4:00 p.m. as he will be doing a poetry reading from his collection of stories. Taylor is the author of “The Memory of Souls” and “The Native Who Never Left.” Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at the museum.
Cliff Taylor is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. He is a writer, poet, speaker, and storyteller. His essays and poems have been published both online with [1], where he is a regular contributor, and in print with The Yellow Medicine Review, Jelly Bucket, Oakwood Magazine, and Hipfish Monthly. He is the author of The Memory of Souls, a memoir of the Sundance and his walk/life with the little people, and the recent poetry collection The Native Who Never Left. A Nebraskan through and through, he currently resides on the Oregon Coast with his sweetheart of many years.
This event is free and open to the public, however donations are gladly accepted and deeply appreciated. This event 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 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024, and the doors will close promptly at 4:15 p.m. Parking for this event is extremely limited and it is encouraged to arrive early to find parking. We ask that you do not park on side streets near the museum as to not block the fire department from getting their vehicles in and out. This event is part of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s free annual lecture series, ‘John Williams Lecture Series’ that occurs every February through June. For more information about this event, visit or call 503-436-9301


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 Gerritse wore while riding her favorite 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.