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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Sofia Talvik Folk Concert

Jun 13, 2019 – Jun 13, 2019

Cannon Beach is a long way from Sweden, but that won’t stop Sofia Talvik from making a special stop in Cannon Beach during her world tour on Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Talvik is promoting her latest album, Big Sky Country. An album inspired by her travels through America. Her grasp of Americ...

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Francis Drake Lecture

May 16, 2019 – May 16, 2019

We don’t always talk about Sir Francis Drake, but when we do, we like to talk about his connections to Oregon. May is all things ships, wrecks, and lore. Who better to clear things up than Melissa Darby, M.A.

Melissa is an anthropologist and an archaeologist with over thirty years experience in ...

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D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the NW

Apr 25, 2019 – Apr 25, 2019

The 2018 Cottage & Garden Tour’s luncheon and lecture was sold out over a week in advance thanks to our phenomenal speaker, Oregon author Bill Sullivan. Sullivan is an acclaimed author, historian and adventurer who has an uncanny way of discovering history that even the experts didn’t know.

Is i...

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Looking Beyond the Temples and Beyond the Capital

Mar 28, 2019 – Mar 28, 2019

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s March lecture will focus on household archaeology with Assistant Professor Alison Carter on Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. Carter has done extensive archaeological work in Cambodia and will share her discovery with the community of Cannon Beach.

This p...

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a month 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 months ago
Great little place. Very informative and quite interesting.
- Terry M
2 months ago
A darling museum, filled to the brim with beautiful artifacts and a lot of information on the area.
- Katheryn B

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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Cannon Beach, OR 97110
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