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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:


Tillamookan Place-names and When the Nestuccas Removed- Thursday, March 19, 2020

This lecture has been canceled. We will update as soon as we have the dates and information for when it is rescheduled.

Join anthropologist, ethnohistorian, archivist, educator and author David Lewis on Thursday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. for a presentation on Tillamook Indians. What happened to the Nestucca tribe following the settlement of the north Oregon coast has been shrouded in some mystery. New research has revealed the story of the removal of the Nestuccas to the Salmon River Encampment in the 1870s after years of refusal and losses. In addition, a number of original place-names for the Tillamookan coast have been revealed and added to the National Geographic Names history database.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Sea Sprite Guest Lodgings, Clatsop County, Martin North. Seating for this event is limited, and the doors will be locked at 4:15 p.m., so arrive early.


Turtle that washed up in Cannon Beach, undated.


Sea Turtles and Microplastic Removal in Cannon Beach – Thursday, April 16, 2020

Come celebrate Earth Day with the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and Marc Ward on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m..  Ward is the co-founder Sea Turtles Forever and Blue Wave, Sea Turtles Forever’s microplastic response team.

Sea Turtles Forever is a small non-profit based out of the North Coast of Oregon. The Blue Wave team has been involved in marine plastic fragment research, filtration system development, and group clean up events since 2008. Using a simple, yet innovative technique they are removing micro-plastics out of North Coast beaches on a large scale.

While not filtering plastics out of the sand on the Oregon Coast, Sea Turtles Forever runs patrols with a team in Costa Rica to protect vital nesting habitat of sea turtles.

Sea Turtle washed up in Cannon Beach, undated. Back end.

Ward  will be presenting on Sea Turtles in Oregon and micro-plastic removal operations in Cannon Beach.

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




Cape Falcon Marine Reserve: There’s More Beneath the Surface – Thursday, April 23, 2020

Join us for our second event for the 12 days of Earth. In Cannon Beach, we don’t just celebrate one day – Earth Day. We celebrate 12!

Don’t miss Margaret Minnick’s talk on the importance of coastal marine reserves on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. Oregon’s newest and northernmost marine reserve lies off of Oswald West State Park, between Cannon Beach and Manzanita. Our marine reserves are areas of Oregon’s coastal waters dedicated to scientific research, monitoring, and conservation. Margaret Minnick from Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve will present an overview of Oregon’s five marine reserves and Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. She’ll discuss what scientists are discovering about Oregon’s nearshore ocean in the marine reserves and current challenges for marine ecosystem health and ocean conservation.

Margaret Minnick is the Outreach Coordinator for Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. She earned a Master of Natural Resources from Oregon State University where her research focused on carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands. Prior to relocating to the north coast, she managed international relations for the California Air Resources Board.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and doors close at 4:15pm, so arrive early. The event has been sponsored by Martin North and Clatsop County.