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2018 Lecture Series

Lectures occur each month from January through May. Lectures take place in the History Center’s John Williams Classroom. Seating for lectures are limited. Complimentary refreshments are provided. Lectures are FREE, but donations are gladly accepted.

The lecture series includes FREE programs presented by experts on a variety of topics. Typically, lectures are about one hour, and include some face-to-face time with acclaimed authors, professors, and researchers on historical, artistic, and cultural topics. The 2018 Lecture Series has been sponsored by Martin North. 

2018 Lecture Series Schedule:

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 – http://cameronmsmith.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C17yk-xsZpA

This event is free and open to the public.

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


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.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at 503-436-9301 or elaine@cbhistory.org.
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, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.