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CPHM 2014 Annual Meeting Lecture

2014 Annual Meeting Poster

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s 2014 Annual Lecture will be held March 8th at 2 pm. All members of the public are welcome. This year’s lecture will feature join speakers, Tony Johnson and Jack Nisbet, as they discuss ‘David Douglas among the Chinooks’. Please feel free to stop by!

February 21, 2014   No Comments

Threads to New Worlds – A Collection of Fiber Arts

Threads to New Worlds - multi color wall hangingThe Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is hosting two contemporary fiber exhibitions from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, 2014.  Threads to New Worlds: A Collection of Fiber Arts, a traveling exhibition organized by WeGO – Weaving Guilds of Oregon, includes traditional materials and methods, as well as new fibers like bamboo and synthetics.  Accompanying the traveling show will be a special installation by the Clatsop Weavers and Spinning Guild entitled Creative Hands Across the Columbia.  Pieces in this exhibition are all by members of our local guild which spans the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia.

Threads to New Worlds - bird rug

Opening reception and demonstrations to be held Friday Jan. 17th from 5-7pm.  Further weaving and spinning demonstrations will take place on Free Admission Thursdays during the exhibition.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 4 and Sunday noon to 4.  Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco.

For more information call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheriatgemuseum.org.  Like us on Facebook at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

January 10, 2014   No Comments

December 7th is a very special day at the Port of Ilwaco!

Xmas at the Port of Ilwaco

5 pm is the lighting of “The World’s Tallest Crab Pot Christmas Tree” with Xmas Carols


”The World’s Shortest Fireworks Display”.

Crab Pot Tree - Olwaco, Wa.

At 6pm “The 8th Annual Lighted Boat Parade”.

Plus Mr & Mrs Santa will be at Time Enough Books for all the kids.

Boat Parade - Ilwaco, Wa.

November 30, 2013   No Comments

Christmas Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco

Christmas Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco will be held on November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st from 10am to 4pm each day.

The Market has a great mix of creative folks offering a whole assortment of Holiday treats and gift ideas.

Everything from yummy baked goods to jewelry and handcrafted books.

Xmas Market at the Port of Ilwaco

We are located in the “Time Enough Books”  building at 157 Howerton Way, on the waterfront at the Port of Ilwaco, Wa.

November 29, 2013   No Comments

Community Historian Project 2014

Community Historian Project Poster

Community Historian Project 2014!

If you have an interest in history, genealogy or historical mysteries, come join the Community Historian Project. 

Learn about Pacific County history and be part of a fun group discovering the unique history of this amazing region where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

Classes will meet Wednesdays from 9:30 – noon. Cost: $100 for 15 weeks of great speakers, tours and experiences!

For questions or to get an application, contact us at 642-3446. Deadline for application is December 6th!

November 27, 2013   No Comments

“Mysteries at the Museum!”

Joe Knowles, self-portrait

Tune in Nov. 21st at 9pm for a special airing of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum!” which will feature the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

Last March the TV crew from New York spent an entire day filming at the museum as they investigated local legend, Joe Knowles, who moved to Seaview late in life and became a well-known artist. 

Washington State Parks interpreter Aaron Webster provided commentary for the segment which focused on a self-portrait drawing by Knowles that is evocative of the time he spent in the Maine woods in 1914 without supplies, and according to legend, without clothes. The crew also filmed the Museum galleries and will present the Chinook basket installation, the Monomoy surf boat and the railcar Nachotta.

This is a great opportunity for the Museum to be in the national spotlight, so be sure to tune in on the 21st of November at 9pm to catch the episode!

November 8, 2013   No Comments

‘Ocian in View’

 ‘Ocian in View’ A Cultural Weekend at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 

November 8 and 9th, 2013

Friday November 8th at 6pm – Lecture The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will present a free lecture by Scott Tucker, Superintendent, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park entitled Lewis and Clark, Beyond the Bicentennial: Looking for the next generation of storytellers. 

Saturday November 9th at 9am – Bus Tour Join Jim Sayce, Washington State Historical Society’s manager for local projects and Scott Tucker, Superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park as they follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Washington coast.  $20, advanced reservations are required.

Saturday November 9th from 4pm to 7pm – Chinook Salmon Dinner The Chinook Tribe will host their Annual Salmon Dinner at the Museum.  The dinner will include regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert and beverages.  Cost is $15 per person, seniors (55 and over) $13, children under 12 $5.  No reservations are required.

Beginning in November, the Museum will begin accepting applications for The Community Historian Project.  CHP is a program of the Museum created to engage the community in an effort to sustain a sense of place by teaching citizens how to shape, tell and retell our stories. Representatives from the Community Historian Project will be on hand during the ‘Ocian in View’ events to answer any questions.  Applications and the 2014 CHP schedule will also be available.

115 SE Lake St

Ilwaco WA 98624



October 24, 2013   No Comments

6″ by 6″ Art Show and Auction, “6×6 by the Sea”

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum hosts its 4th Annual 6” by 6” Art  Show & Auction!

6 x 6 card 2013

Join us on Saturday November 2nd when we auction off more than 60 wonderful art objects produced by over 50 of the region’s most talented artists. The silent auction is scheduled from 5-8pm, with the live auction at 6pm, Bruce Peterson presiding.

Tickets for the auction are $10.00.  Fifty raffle tickets are available for $20 each.  The winner will have the pick of any 6 x 6 prior to the Auction event.  Call the Museum at 360-642-3446 for more information about the auction, raffle, and exhibition or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org

View these one-of-a-kind pieces of art in the Museum’s special exhibition gallery, beginning in October, and on the Bay Center Gallery’s website at: http://www.thewadegallery.com/6X6/

October 18, 2013   No Comments

Annual Cranberrian Fair, October 12 & 13th

Come celebrate local harvest including all things cranberry!

2013 Cranberrian Fair Flyer

Foods, crafters, bog tours and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage.   Handmade items and homemade baked goods, including peach/cranberry pies.  Craft demonstrations will include rug hookers and a blacksmith.  Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5.00.

The Cranberry Trolley will run from the Museum in Ilwaco to the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Museum.  Watch the red berry harvest Friday 11th through Sunday 13th Call for further information 360 642 3446.  www.columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org. Like us on Facebook at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

October 4, 2013   No Comments


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum opens new exhibition

 Charles Fitzpatrick: Pen & Photo

Photo by Charles Fitzpatrick of WWII Coast Guard Beach Patrol, courtesy of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum presents an exhibition of photographs and drawings by Charles Fitzpatrick (1884-1971). Fitzpatrick began photographing in the Sacramento, CA area in 1908 and moved to Ocean Park, WA in 1927.  His postcards, photographs, and drawings chronicle over 40 years of life on the North Beach Peninsula (now known as the Long Beach Peninsula).

Fitzpatrick, like many who have come after him, represents the working artist who found inspiration in local subjects and found a way to make a living doing what he loved.  His photographs and drawings were not meant for galleries and museums but for the living rooms and scrapbooks of locals and visitors alike.

Working from his Ocean Park studio, Fitzpatrick was a prolific artist, fascinated by the landscape, people and industries of the region.  He was a visual historian who saved vintage photographs by reprinting them and issuing them as postcards.  Well known for his images of ship wrecks, Fitzpatrick both collected historic photos and monitored the radio to be among the first on the scene to photograph wrecks that were still all too common along the beaches.

Pen & Ink Drawing by Charles Fitzpatrick of North Head Lighthouse, courtesy of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

When not photographing Fitzpatrick made charming pen and ink drawings of local landscapes and historic subjects. Working on a large scale, he often photographed these drawings to reproduce them at the postcard level, with great attention to detail.  His work was sold from his storefront studio in Ocean Park as well as at local souvenir and variety shops along the peninsula.

The exhibition Charles Fitzpatrick: Pen & Photo will be on view in the Museum’s  Special Exhibition Galleries from September 28, 2013 through January 5, 2014.   There will be an opening reception on Friday September 27 from 5 – 7pm.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco.    Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 4 and Sunday noon to 4.    Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco.   For more  information call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheriatgemuseum.org.  Like  us on Facebook at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

September 6, 2013   No Comments