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Pieces of the Puzzle: Recent Gifts to the Collection

2015 Pieces of the Puzzle Poster Image

July 31 – October 4, 2015

Each item in the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s collection, down to the last piece of paper, has been donated to the Museum by members of our community.  These donations are important to the Museum, as they make connections, build bridges, and fill gaps in the puzzle that makes up our local heritage.

The primary function of a museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret the heritage of its collection.  In achieving these objectives, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum holds each item in its collection as evidence of the stories of the Columbia Pacific region. When an object is donated, its story often connects it to other stories, filling gaps and connecting pieces of an overall puzzle of this region’s heritage.

The special exhibition, Pieces of the Puzzle: Recent Gifts to Collections, is a sampler of the generous gifts given to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum over the past several years.  The exhibition includes over 300 items ranging from photographs and books to uniforms, t-shirts, and paintings and ceramics created by important local artists.

An opening reception will be held Friday, July 31st from 5-7pm.

July 28, 2015   No Comments

Clamshell Railroad Days

RR Days 15 poster

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19, join the fun as we celebrate Clamshell Railroad Days 2015 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco with expanded events and old favorites. The $5.00 fee includes a souvenir pin and Museum entrance for 2 days, free for kids under 12.  On Saturday doors open at 10am with great model train layouts hosted by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club.  Guests will include the Mt. Rainer N -scale club, the Portland Cascade -Z scale club and Dean and Donna Mead’s fantastic Lego train among others! Kids will love the Kids Craft Caboose.

Join us Saturday July 18 for local railroad historian, Harry Bell’s fascinating lecture on the 1889 original Pullman built train car, the NAHCOTTA at 1pm.  The Clamshell Railroad Bus Tour begins at the Museum on Sunday July 19 at 11:30am-2:00pm stops include: McGowan (where participants will talk with McGowan resident historian Bill Garvin), Chinook, Megler, and Seaview ($5 fee – reservations required for the bus tour).

The railcar NAHCOTTA will be open for touring both days.

June 30, 2015   No Comments

Grand Coulee to Grunge: Eight Stories that Changed the World

2015 Grand Coulee to Grunge Poster

Focusing on eight key stories that helped put Washington on the map globally, “Grand Coulee to Grunge,” is a traveling exhibit organized by Legacy Washington and the Office of the Secretary of State. An image-driven exhibit recounting feats in business, science, technology and music that helped put Washington on the map globally, each of the exhibit’s eight panel’s focus on a key story of those who strove to dream big and make a lasting impact. The exhibit will be on view at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum May 8-July 5th.

April 28, 2015   No Comments

Annual Meeting and Free Lecture

2015 Annual Membership Poster

Annual Meeting to be held on Sat. April 11 at 2pm at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. In addition to a brief business meeting there will be a very special lecture by Michael Lemeshko entitled “The Cantankerous Farmer vs. the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company.” Michael has long been fascinated by the local historical figure John Briscoe whose donation land claim extended north of present day Long Beach. Briscoe was a colorful figure both as the 5th representative for Pacific County to the Washington Territorial Legislature and as a probate judge. His “feuds” with developers and land owners were many and his legal wrangling was well known. Admission is Free and open to the public.

March 31, 2015   No Comments

20th Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Exhibition


Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Exhibition hosted by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA. With more than 100 quilts on display in three galleries, the show exhibits work from some of the area’s most talented fabric artists, all members of the Peninsula Quilt Guild. Various quilting demonstrations, such as paper piecing, hand quilting, appliqué and more will take place throughout the three day event. Tickets for a Prize Quilt raffle, will be available throughout the show at a cost of $1.00 per ticket, the drawing will be held Sunday afternoon, it is not necessary to be present to win. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to various charitable organizations on the Peninsula and in Pacific County. Admission to the Quilt Show is free.


March 6, 2015   No Comments

Tuba Christmas

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Toe-tapping Tuba Tunes at Christmastime

The public is invited to enjoy some rich sounds-of-the-season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert, to be held Saturday, December 13th at 2pm, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  This free concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet, who will perform a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at this family-friendly event. Tuba Christmas concert is sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information please contact the Museum at 360-642-3446.

November 20, 2014   No Comments

6” by 6” Art Show & Auction

2014 6x6 Post Card Front

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is very excited about its 5th Annual 6×6 Art Show and Auction – “6×6 by the Sea” to be held on Saturday, November 15th.  With more than 50 wonderful art objects produced by the region’s most talented artists, this event is the largest fundraiser for the exhibition programs of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

The silent and live auction takes place on Saturday, November 15th from 5 – 8pm at the Museum (115 SE Lake Street, Ilwaco).  The presiding auctioneer, Bruce Peterson, is both entertaining and knowledgeable about the artists and their works.  This is a great opportunity to get to know the local art scene, enjoy some delicious refreshments, take home your very own masterpiece, and most importantly show your support for the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s excellent exhibitions.

Tickets for the auction event are currently available at the Museum for only $10.00 each.  Fifty (50) raffle tickets are being made available for $20 each.  The winner will have the pick of any 6×6 prior to the Auction event.  Call the Museum at 360-642-3446 for more information about the auction, raffle, and exhibition.

October 30, 2014   No Comments

Hope in Hard Times Exhibit Opening

Hope Poster

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will host the special travelling exhibition Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression. Developed in partnership with Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society, the exhibit is built around 10 interpretive panels featuring stories, photographs and artwork from Washington’s Depression-era past. Augmenting these traveling panels will be photographs, artifacts and information pulled from local collections to tell the story of the Great Depression here at the Beach. There will be an opening reception Friday, October 24th from 5-7pm.

October 23, 2014   No Comments

‘Ocian in View’ 2014

‘Ocian in View’ Weekend at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 

November 7 and 8th, 2014

Friday November 7th at 6pm – Free Lecture – ‘Ocian in View’

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will present a lecture by well-known Lewis and Clark historian Barb Kubik entitled “Recruiting Volunteers for the Corps of Discovery:  Was it the Pay?  The Adventure?  The Benefits?” as part of the ‘Ocian in View’ Weekend here at the Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Saturday November 8th at 9am – Dismal Nitch Bus Tour – ‘Ocian in View’

Join Jim Sayce, Washington State Historical Society’s manager for local projects on the Dismal Nitch Bus Tour as he uses the journals of Lewis and Clark to guide the participants along the landscape of the river as it might have been over 200 years ago to find the “real” Dismal Nitch. (Dismal Nitch was the site of Lewis & Clark’s most difficult adventure.  At this location on the north shore of the Columbia River, the expedition was pinned to the river bank by raging weather. The site’s location has been the object of speculation among historians.) $20, advanced reservations are required (360-642-3446).

Saturday November 8th from 4pm to 7pm – Chinook Tribe Salmon Dinner – ‘Ocian in View’

As part of the ‘Ocian in View’ Weekend at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the Chinook Tribe will host their Annual Salmon Dinner at the Columbia Pacific Heritage 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.

October 17, 2014   No Comments

Annual Cranberrian Fair

2014 Cranberrian Fair Poster, the Columbai Pacific Heritage Museum

A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry. 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 and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

The Cranberry Trolley will run from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco to the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Museum. Call for further information 360-642-3446 www.columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.

October 7, 2014   No Comments