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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

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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

“Willapa Bay Oysters” Documentary Screening & Discussion



The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will host a screening and discussion of Documentary Filmmaker, Keith A. Cox’s “Willapa Bay Oysters” Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Following the screening, Filmmaker Keith A. Cox will lead a discussion with local oystermen, Gustave “Dobby” Wiegardt Jr., Giro Nakagawa, and Jim Kemmer.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake St. Ilwaco, WA. 360-642-3446. To learn more about this exciting event please visit our website columbiapacificheritagemuseum.com or follow us on facebook.


September 4, 2014   No Comments

We’re Still Here: The Survival of Washington Indians

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The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will host the special travelling exhibition We’re Still Here: The survival of Washington Indians. The exhibit acknowledges the continuing story of Native Americans in Washington State and includes displays of rare images and colorful artifacts that tell compelling and personal stories. In addition, the museum will also present an installation of paintings, drawings and carvings by Charles Funk, whose work draws upon the long history of the Chinook Tribe and their important and continued presence in our community. There will be an opening reception with the artist Friday August 1st from 5-7pm. The exhibition will be on view through September 28th.

August 5, 2014   No Comments


2014 RR Days Button

Saturday July 19, 10am – 5pm
Sunday July 20, 10am – 4pm

Clamshell Railroad Days – 115 SE Lake St. The Annual Clamshell Railroad Days celebrates the history of the IR&N Railroad-the only railroad that ran with the tides-which operated on the Long Beach Peninsula from 1889-1930. Included are model railroad layouts from regional clubs, historical presentations, the kids craft caboose and a bus tour. Explore the Pullman Passenger car NAHCOTTA and celebrate the railcar’s 125th birthday. July 19: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum July 20: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum www.columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org

June 27, 2014   No Comments

Rolling Stock of the I.R.&N.


2014 Rolling Stock Exhibition Poster

To celebrate the 125th birthday of the passenger coach NAHCOTTA, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will mount an exhibition on the rolling stock of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company (I.R.&N.).  The exhibition will feature vintage photographs and objects celebrating the Museum’s largest artifact and its important legacy for the narrow gauge railroad that ran along the historic North Beach Peninsula. The passenger car NAHCOTTA will be open for tours each FREE Admission Thursday from 1 to 3pm 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.

May 7, 2014   No Comments