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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:

Shipwrecks Archaeology – Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Are you fascinated with shipwrecks? Do you find yourself watching too many historical shows and movies about pirates, ships, or swashbuckling archaeologists? Then we have the perfect event for you. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum offers a free lecture series January through June. The March presenter is the guy that is called when mysterious coastal discoveries are made. Marine archaeologist Chris Dewey has become a bit of an expert on Oregon coast shipwrecks. An east coast transplant, Dewey now calls Astoria, Oregon home.

Dewey, MA, RPA, is a retired Naval Officer, instructor of archaeology and anthropology at Clatsop Community College, and President of the Maritime Archaeological Society (MAS). Headquartered in Astoria, Oregon, MAS was created to help document and share maritime history with the public. The Oregon coast is home to thousands of shipwrecks, some discovered and some not. It’s the MAS mission to assist archaeologists in locating, documenting, and conserving artifacts related to shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites.

Dewey will discuss the tools, techniques, and strategies used to discover and investigate shipwrecks and their history. He will cover some of the greater and lesser-known shipwrecks in our area and the efforts to locate and document their wreck sites.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit that endeavors to make history available to all by offering donation-based admission. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Complimentary Sleepy Monk coffee will be available for all attendees.


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

Join Dr. Cameron Smith on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. as he talks on the anthropology of earliest settlements of the Americans. This event is free and open to the public.

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


Music & Poetry with Chris Lee & Colleen O’Brien – Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Chris Lee & Colleen O’Brien for a night of jazz and poetry from Robert Frost to Maya Angelou. This event is free and open to the public.


Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Stewarding Our Public Forests – Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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. For many decades now management of our public forests has made headlines and driven apart neighbors. Facilitator Mariah Acton will lead this conversation to explore the values, identities, and beliefs we each have about our forests and what 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 Forests,” a free conversation with Mariah Acton on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. This program is hosted by the Cannon Beach History Center and 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.

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.