History & Hops: Terrible Tilly Tales

History & Hops: Terrible Tilly Tales

History & Hops:  Terrible Tilly Tales 

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, aka Terrible Tilly, is as iconic an Oregon north coast landmark as Haystack Rock.  Construction of the lighthouse took 500 days and was completed in January 1881.  It was decommissioned in 1957 yet the lighthouse structure remains.  Standing 134 feet tall it has withstood the winds, storms and waves for 137 years, creating a history of its own.

Family history with Terrible Tilly drove Brian Ratty to write his most recently released book “Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: History and Tales of Terrible Tilly”.  In December 2015, Ratty shared some of those stories-in-progress at one of the first History & Hops events presented by the Seaside Museum.  Now Ratty returns to History & Hops, book recently published, to share more of his research, expanding with more tales and historical facts.  He says: “There is something mysterious about the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, something marvelous and a little macabre. When one sees it, one wants to learn more.”

Ratty said he always felt a special connection to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. His grandfather Harry Ratty almost died on the rock in 1934. He became ill due to exposure after a violent storm and was finally evacuated after several attempts at rescue.  Ratty recalls the light’s beacon and horns from the time during WWII when his family lived in Seaside.

This month’s History & Hops will be held at 6pm on Thursday May 31 at the Seaside Brewing Co.

Local historian, photographer and author, Brian Ratty, is a retired media executive and graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography.  He has written numerous magazine articles about the Pacific Northwest and won awards for his historical fiction novels.  For more than thirty years, he has traveled the vast wilderness of the Pacific Coast in search of images and stories that reflect its spirit and splendor.

History & Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co., 861 Broadway.

Preserving Seaside’s History since 1974, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution with the mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials illustrative of the history of Seaside and the surrounding area.  The museum is located at 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside and is open Monday through Saturday from 10A to 3PM.  More information can be found at www.seasideoregonuseum.com

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History & Hops:  From Public Baths to Aquarium

History & Hops:  From Public Baths to Aquarium

In August 1924 the Seaside Baths Natatorium – a salt water bath house and swimming pool – opened for business.  By 1937 it had morphed into the Seaside Aquarium which is now the oldest privately-owned aquarium on the West Coast.

Keith Chandler, the aquarium’s general manager, will share tales of its 94-year storied past – from construction through conversion and development into a well-regarded marine life showcase.  Those attending Seaside Museum’s History & Hops event on Thursday, April 26th will meet seal Tubby, Jr. and 25-pound lobster, Victor as well as a cast of other marine characters.  The presentation begins at 6PM at the Seaside Brewing Co.

The aquarium has been part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network since 1990.  As a partner with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, the aquarium is a drop-off center for injured animals that are then transported by staff to the rehabilitation center in Astoria.

Keith Chandler has worked at the aquarium for almost 40 years.

History & Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co., 861 Broadway.

Preserving Seaside’s History since 1974, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution with the mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials illustrative of the history of Seaside and the surrounding area.  The museum is located at 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside and is open Monday through Saturday from 10A to 3PM.  More information can be found at www.seasideoregonuseum.com 

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Contact: Tita Montero, Museum Vice President   503-440-4454

History & Hops: The Mystery of Sailors’ Grave

History & Hops: The Mystery of Sailors’ Grave

The Cove in Seaside is a popular local surfing paradise and is a habitat for a wide variety of precious marine life. Its most popular and mysterious landmark is the Sailors’ gravesite seen by all who make their way to The Cove. No tour of Seaside is complete without a visit to Sailors’ Grave.

There are many stories regarding those for whom Sailors’ Grave is – or may be – a final resting place. Robin and Bill Montero will share their research and discovery of the possible and probable grave residents in their presentation “Known Only To God: The Mystery of Sailors’ Grave” at the next History & Hops at 6pm on Thursday, February 22nd at Seaside Brewing Co.

When purchased their home across the street from Sailors’ Grave, they became interested in knowing more about the landmark. As they joined their neighbors in caring for the site, they researched its history which culminated in the City of Seaside erecting a historical marker based on the information they discovered.

History & Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside  museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co.,

History & Hops December 28, 2017

The REAL Story of Jane Barnes

Purported to be the first white woman to reside in Oregon, many tales have been told of Jane Barnes’ identity, personality, and activities.  An old map found at Knappton Cove, known in Jane Barnes’ time as Todd’s Bay, revealed her true story.  Knappton Cove became the site of the US Public Service Columbia River Quarantine Station known as Columbia River’s “ELLIS ISLAND”.

All will be revealed at this month’s History & Hops  as the tale of Jane Barnes and the Mystery of Todd’s Bay is recounted by Oregon native Nancy Anderson, the Director & founder of the Knappton Cove Heritage Center, a museum housed in 1912 US Public Health Service lazaretto pesthouse on the site of the historic Columbia River Quarantine Station at Knappton Cove.  She is an author, free-lance craft designer and former elementary school teacher.  Her passion is Historic Preservation & Interpretation.

History & Hops 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 28.

History & Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co.  

Preserving Seaside’s History since 1974, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution with the mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials illustrative of the history of Seaside and the surrounding area.  The museum is located at 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside and is open Monday through Saturday from 10A to 3PM.  More information can be found at www.seasideoregonuseum.com