Lewis and Clark Salt Makers

Lewis and Clark Salt Makers

September 7th & 8th, 2019

9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Sunday

Seaside, Oregon

What do you do when you run out of salt – and the nearest store is more than 2,000 miles away?

When the explorers of the Lewis and Clark expedition arrived at the Pacific coast in 1805, they needed salt to preserve meat, along with adding a little flavor to their meals. But the supply of salt which they acquired in St. Louis, before they began their long and arduous voyage across the vast American West, was exhausted.

So the members of the Corps of North Western Discovery – as Captain Meriwether Lewis called the party in his journal – did the only thing they could: make their own salt.

On December 28, 1805, Lewis and Capt. William Clark sent forth a special detachment from their just-completed winter quarters at Fort Clatsop. Five men travelled overland from the Fort to the coast, searching for the best location for making salt. On January 1, 1806, the fifth day of their search, these men found the perfect spot and set up camp: the beach of present day Seaside, Oregon. They proceeded to make salt by boiling sea water for nearly two months, all while enduring the wet winter weather, before they returned to Fort Clatsop.

More than fifteen years ago, the Seaside Museum, aided by the National Park Service at Fort Clatsop and interpreters from the Pacific Northwest Living Historians (PNLH) initiated a re-enactment of this salt making expedition. In 2015, the Museum put the event on hiatus. This year the exhibition of salt making by the Lewis & Clark expedition returns.  On September 7th and 8th, the Seaside Museum, assisted by a grant from the city of Seaside Tourism Advisory Committee, sponsors Lewis & Clark Salt Makers.

PNLH interpreters will create and share the experience of that exploration group, bringing to life the salt camp which those explorers established 213 years ago. The program will be held from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. The event site will be on the Seaside beach west of the Avenue U and Prom intersection.

Visitors to the program will enter the camp and find members of the PNLH busy making salt, as they boil sea water over a fire just as the men of the Lewis and Clark expedition did in 1806. The interpreters will also share the history and stories of the legendary expedition with everyone who comes to the beach.

Lewis and Clark Salt Makers is a free interactive learning opportunity for the whole family. This event is sponsored by the Seaside Museum and presented by the PNLH.  A portion of this project was made possible through a grant from the City of Seaside Tourism Advisory Committee, funded by room tax dollars.  The program is also supported by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Seaside Public Works Department, and The Tides By The Sea Motel.

For more information, call the Seaside Museum at (503) 738-7065.

Seaside Museum Hosts July 4th Old Fashioned Social

While parade participants arrive and line up in front of the Seaside Museum along Necanicum Drive, museum volunteers will be putting the finishing touches on the Old Fashioned Social held on the grounds of the museum, 570 Necanicum, beginning at 11AM.

Enjoying toe-tapping music provided from the porch of the Butterfield Cottage by the Five Over Fifty band (formerly known as Smoke & Mirrors), adults and kids can while away the time by winning prizes at a variety of games.  The continuous cakewalk, with 100 prize cakes contributed and created specially by the Safeway bakery, goes nonstop for 4 hours and is a favorite competition for adults and kids alike.  Bingo, too, is nonstop.

More than 200 items donated by community merchants and members and including trips, meals, lodging and art, will be available in the popular silent auction which is open for bidding 11AM to 2PM.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, crab cakes, clam chowder, and strawberry shortcake are just some of the picnic food that is available for purchase.  The Methodist ladies’ pie booth has long been a favorite and sells out quickly.

The 4th of July Old Fashioned Social has been the Seaside Museum’s major fundraiser for more than 30 years and is one of the highlights of summer in Seaside for both residents and visitors.  Museum volunteers begin planning and working on next year’s Social and Silent Auction almost as soon as the smoke clears from this year’s fireworks.

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.

Volunteer: Fourth of July Celebration

Hello Seaside Museum Members and Friends!

We hope you are planning to attend our Old Fashioned Social on the 4th of July!  Lots of FUN, games, food, music! 

As with any community event, we need volunteers!  We invite you to spend a couple hours of your holiday enjoying the Social while meeting visitors as well as local residents and helping them have fun, too.

As a volunteer, you will receive a ticket to play the Cakewalk or BINGO or 5 game tickets. 

This year the Museum is catching up to the present and providing online volunteer sign-up. Go to:  https://signup.com/go/mxLXZte to pick the activity you want to assist.  You can sign up alone or sign your friends or group members up along with you.

If you’d rather do it the ‘old fashioned way’ you can call me at the Museum 503-738-7065 and we’ll do the online work for you.  If you get our voice mail or a one of our daily volunteers, please leave your name and phone number so Courtney, our admin can call you back the next day.

The Women Behind the Lewis & Clark Expedition Success

The Women Behind the Lewis & Clark Expedition Success

It is easy to think that Sacagawea was the only woman associated with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, but countless women and girls must have met or contributed to this voyage of discovery. How did Dolley Madison contribute to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition? Pe-tow-ya remembered the Corps of Discovery visiting her people, did the members of the Corps remember her?

At Seaside Brewing Co. on Thursday, April 25 at 6PM, Sally Freeman will be introducing Women of the Lewis and Clark Expedition for this month’s Seaside Museum History & Hops.

Sally Freeman is a park ranger at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park where her duties include managing much of the daily operations of the visitor center and Fort Clatsop as well as the volunteer program, special events and guest speaker series.

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., 851 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 http://www.seasideoregonuseum.com

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

 

History; Hops Rains with Lewis and Clark

It seems that talking about the weather transcends all eras.  Not only did Lewis and Clark write about the weather in their journals but many of the Corps of Discovery also made notes during their sojourn. How do these entries equate to today’s weather patterns?

Meteorologist George Miller has researched the last 200 years of Pacific Northwest weather patterns and events.  At Seaside Museum’s next History & Hops Miller will share insights into the incredible difficulties the Corps of Discovery faced.  “Weather Disagreeable” takes place at 6PM on March 28 at the Seaside Brewing Co, 851 Broadway.

Miller retired in 1994  from a 34 year career as a meteorologist in Oregon, Colorado and Utah. He has authored two books on Pacific Northwest weather, including Lewis & Clarks Northwest Journey “Weather Disagreeable!”

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

Clatsop’s Historical Company Towns

Clatsop’s Historical Company Towns

Clatsop’s Historical Company Towns

The phrase “company town,” may conjure images of struggling workers held in economic slavery by some faceless corporation or overbearing manager in a remote coal mining community or Midwest factory town or Northwest lumber camp.  But – according to author Jim Aalberg – when it comes to the “company towns” of Clatsop such images couldn’t be more wrong. The history of Clatsop County can’t be told without the blood, sweat and sawdust of the Oregon logger and mills. On February 28th at 6pm in the Seaside Brewing Co., Seaside Museum’s History & Hops presents Aalberg as he shares stories from his book, Historical Company Towns of Clatsop County, describinghow the people connected to Bradwood, Wauna, and Westport remember an almost idyllic existence -one surely filled with hard work but also with a deep sense of community.

Aalberg, a retired senior executive for the Kroger Co., is an amateur historian and writer as well as a fourth generation Oregonian and the great-great-great-grandson of Westport’s founder, Captain John West.

Jim Aalberg

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., 851 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.seasideoregonmuseum.com

Clatsop Pioneers Building Ships

Clatsop Pioneers Building Ships

Shipbuilding is not an industry that springs to mind when considering the work of Clatsop County’s early pioneers.  Having been one of the earliest History and Hops presenters when he shared the story of a gristmill in Seaside, Jerry Sutherland returns on Thursday, January 31 at 6PM at the Seaside Brewing Co.to share the story of shipbuilding on the Clatsop Plains. While doing research for Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer, Sutherland learned about pioneers building ships at Skipanon Landing as early as 1849.  Sutherland will share historical maps, drawings, and manuscripts as he makes shipbuilding in early Clatsop County come to life.

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

Watery Tales on a dark November night

Scott Williams, the lead archaeologist for the Maritime Archaeological Society’s Beeswax Wreck Project will share tales of “Lost Castaways and Mystery Shipwrecks on the Oregon Coast” at Seaside Museum’s next History and Hops on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Although most people first think of the Peter Iredale when the subject of local shipwrecks comes up, many other shipwrecks have occurred along the North Oregon coast.  Our Graveyard of the Pacific abounds with tales of mysterious shipwrecks, lost castaways, pirates, and sailing vessels.

Williams will recount stories, mysteries, and history from the Graveyard that he has learned of during his many archeological forays.  He will also discuss his current undertakings on the Beeswax Wreck Project.

Scott Williams is a professional archaeologist with more than thirty years of experience conducting archaeological research throughout the Pacific Northwest, the islands of the Pacific, and Australia. He works as the Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he manages the agency’s archaeology and history program. In addition, he is on the Board of the Maritime Archaeological Society and serves as the Principal Investigator for the Beeswax Wreck Project, a non-profit, multi-disciplinary team investigating a Spanish Manila galleon wrecked on the north Oregon coast in the 17th Century.

History & Hops will occur on Thursday, November 29 at 6PM at the Seaside Brewing Co.

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

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