John Williams Lecture Series

Lectures at Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Lectures occur each month from January through May/June. 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. 




2024 Lecture Series Schedule:

Poetry Reading with Cliff Taylor – Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 4pm

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is excited to kick off their 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