Oregon’s WWII Experience & Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 2022

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Join us for a free meeting of the Museum’s membership on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. as we do a brief overview of the past year at the museum, and afterwards, don’t miss a talk on Oregon’s WWII experience from Kick Ass Oregon History’s own, Doug Kenck-Crispin.


Originally from Spokane, Doug came with his family in 1982 and settled in North Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School. After walking the Earth like Caine for a decade and a half, he earned his BA (cum laude) in History from Portland State University with a minor in Judaic Studies. Doug then completed his MA in History at PSU (Public History & History of Pacific NW). His thesis is titled “Charles A. Moose: Race, Community Policing, and Portland’s First African American Police Chief.” He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship.


Doug is the Resident Historian for the podcast Kick Ass Oregon History. He has been featured in Imbibe and Portland Monthly magazines, OPB’s “Oregon Experience,” “Think Out Loud,” “Weekend Edition,” and the season premiere of Esquire TV’s “Best Bars in America.” Oh – and the PSU Vanguard, too! He has written for Portland Monthly, Street Roots newspaper and the Willamette Week. In addition, he hosts various historical speaking series, field trips and historical tours – across the state – that connect people with Oregon

Doug will be talking about WWII and the effect it had in Oregon. On December 7, 1941, citizens across the nation heard the shocking news.  Pearl Harbor had been attacked by Japan.  World War II had begun.  No matter how small the town, the repercussions of this war echoed across the nation.  Cannon Beach and other coastal towns were no exception.

Americans across the nation were gripped with fear, indignation, and anger.  For the West coast never had a war been so close to home.  It was practically taking place in their back yard! Wartime mentality set in immediately.  Coastal residents dimmed their headlights, blacked out their windows, set up civilian patrols, and pitched in where they could.


Don’t miss this informative talk on Thursday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This event is free and is open to the public. Seating for this event is general admission and first come, first serve. The doors will close promptly at 4:15 p.m. The museum is a private non-profit located at the corner of Sunset and Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon.  For more information, call us at 503-436-9301 or visit www.cbhistory.org.