English Style Garden Tea

Sep 14, 2019 – Sep 14, 2019

The final event of the weekend long series of Cottage Tour events is the Garden Tea. The tea will take place at Tolovana Hall ( 3779 S Hemlock St, Tolovana Park, OR 97145.) Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Seating for this event is limited, so we expect the event to sell out quic...

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Cannon Beach Cottage Tour - Tour of Homes

Sep 14, 2019 – Sep 14, 2019

You’ll want some comfy walking shoes for this self-guided, self-paced tour of homes featuring about ten vintage cottages and beach dream homes. There aren’t many home tours that take place within view of Haystack Rock and the beautiful splendor that is the Pacific Ocean. This one-day only home to...

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You don’t have to attend all of the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour events, but the luncheon and lecture is definitely a highlight. Who wouldn’t want to have a delectable lunch prepared by Dough Dough Bakery, while you talk history and cottages? Seating for this event is very limited, so purchase your ...

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Dmitri Matheny Duo Concert

Sep 13, 2019 – Sep 13, 2019

The Dmitri Matheny Duo will perform at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13 as part of the Cottage Tour weekend event series. Tickets can be purchased online July 1 online at cbhistory.org or by phone 503-436-9301. Tickets are just $20 and include a smorga...

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Language of Time: Stirling Gorsuch Art Exhibit Opening

Mar 15, 2019 – Mar 15, 2019

Join us on Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. for the opening of Stirling Gorsuch’s latest exhibit “Language of Time.”

Gorsuch grew up in Cannon Beach and is the product of two artistic parents. You can see his love of the Pacific Northwest and the natural world coming through his work. Gorsuch balan...

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Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Moses Williams

Mar 14, 2019 – Mar 14, 2019

Join us on Thursday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m. for a special talk about Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Moses Williams and his connections to Fort Stevens with Greg Shine of Fort Vancouver.

Shine has recently written an article on Buffalo soldiers in the PNW and their time in Washington and Oregon. Gr...

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How did the Corps of Discovery Survive the Winter?

Nov 9, 2019 – Nov 9, 2019

Join us for our annual membership meeting on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcomes interpreter and historian, Tom Wilson.

Tom Wilson, a retired elementary school teacher (30 years), began working at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park seas...

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Archaeology & Science at Paisley Caves

Oct 26, 2019 – Oct 26, 2019

Each year the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum partners with the Archaeological Institute of America to bring archaeology to our community.

This year, we welcome Dr. Dennis Jenkins on Saturday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. Jenkins was a huge part of the ground-breaking work at Paisley Caves. The...

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Haystack Rock: A Marine Reserve

Jun 20, 2019 – Jun 20, 2019

Haystack Rock. It’s that beautiful monolith surrounded by beautiful tide pools and home to many sea birds. We’ve asked Haystack Rock Awareness Program director Melissa Keyser to come give us a talk on all things Haystack Rock.

The Haystack Rock Awareness Program was started in the 1980’s and has...

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5 days ago
As pretty as the pictures people post . Take a good camera and few warm clothes and stay there for a weekend
- prerna b
4 months ago
Great local museum! It's free with a recommended donation of $3. It goes over a very in depth history of the town! Starting with the first natives, to first settlers, and even going into how major events from around the world affected the area. If you have never been to Cannon Beach this is definitely a stop that needs to happen.
- Zach B
2 weeks ago
If you visit Cannon Beach, this is a must see attraction. The history of this town is fascinating.
- Duane H

About Us & Our History

The Cannon Beach Historical Society was originally founded in 1969. After many years of periods of inactivity followed by renewal, a group of former society members and others mounted a first-class exhibit on the history of Cannon Beach in the Clatsop County Historical Society Heritage Museum in Astoria in 1988. Shortly after this, in 1990, the Cannon Beach Historical Society was once again revived.

The collection and cataloging of historic artifacts and oral histories began in earnest, and the group commissioned the writing of the book “Cannon Beach: A Place by the Sea,” by Oregon historian Terence O’Donnell.
With a gift of land in 1995 and a successful capital campaign, the group started to construct the facility that now houses the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum in 1998. The building went through several phases of development through the years, culminating in the addition of a classroom, oral history studio, and artifact storage area in 2005.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum now features a permanent exhibit, a Native-American longhouse, and temporary exhibits, including a rotating quilt show.
Several programs have been added to the museum’s repertoire in recent years: a field trip program, the Acoustic Folk! music series, a monthly lecture series, and other events both fun and educational. As our visitor base, activities, and collections grow, we strive to keep Cannon Beach’s unique history alive for present and future generations!

For more information, visit our website at http://www.cbhistory.org/

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1387 S Spruce St
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
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