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2020 Lecture Series

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. The 2020 Lecture Series has been sponsored by Martin North. 

2020 Lecture Series Schedule:

A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm :- Thursday, January 16, 2020








The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s winter lecture series will kick-off on Thursday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. with a presentation by author and historian, John Dodge.

John Dodge was a columnist, editorial page writer, and investigative reporter for The Olympian prior to retiring in 2015 from an award-winning career that spanned 40 years. He and his wife, Barbara Digman live in the Olympia area and enjoy gardening, bird-watching, hiking, reading and traveling.

Dodge will be talking about his latest book, “A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm.” The book is a non-fiction account of the strongest windstorm in West Coast recorded history. The storm killed dozens, injured hundreds, damaged more than 50,000 homes and leveled enough trees to build a million homes. The unrivaled cyclone gave birth to the Asian log export market and the Oregon wine industry. In A Deadly Wind, veteran journalist, John Dodge weaves a compelling story spiced with human drama, Cold War implications, Pacific Northwest history and the science of severe weather. The best-selling book was published by Oregon State University press in October 2018.

Copies of Dodge’s book will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Clatsop County and Martin North. Seating for this event is limited, and the doors will be locked at 4:15 p.m., so arrive early.