TNT: A Tale of a Shipwreck

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

The Clatsop County Historical Society’s TNT (Thursday Night Talks): A Tale of a Shipwreck.    Underwater Archaeologist and Public Historian Jerry Ostermiller will tell a tale about “a mystery shipwreck” discovered at the mouth of the Columbia River Bar. Jerry also will talk about underwater archaeologists, the art of their science, and what it is like to dive one of the

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TNT: Thursday Night Talks – The Last Interstate Ferry to Still Cross the Columbia River

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Going back nearly a century, ten different ferries have plied the waters between Cathlamet and Puget Island, Washington, and Westport, Oregon. Author Jim Aalberg explains the history of the last ferry still operating on the mighty Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.  Jim has dedicated a new appendix to the history of the ferry in his recently revised and expanded

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TNT: Thursday Night Talks

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

From the wreck of Desdemona in 1857, to the tavern that opened in 1934, the name, Desdemona, has a special resonance for the people of Astoria.

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May TNT: Bayocean, Atlantis of Oregon

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Like Plato's fictional island kingdom, most of Bayocean sank below the sea decades ago.

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June TNT: Oregon’s Beaches & Dunes

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

"Oregon's Beaches & Dunes" is a presentation for audiences eager to learn about the ecology and history of Oregon's unique coastline. Elissa Connolly-Randazzo, Coastal Outreach Fellow with Oregon Coastal Management Program at the Department of Land Conservation and Development, will share information about the importance of these landforms, how they are influenced by vegetation, and how they have historically changed.

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October TNT: Pestered by Plague

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Dr. Friedrich Schuler, Professor Emeritus of History at Portland State University, will be the guest speaker for October’s TNT. His talk, “Pestered by Plague,” expands upon his book of the same title, which tells the story of how Dr. Hill Hastings converted the old cannery at Knappton, WA, into a quarantine station while the plague was raging in San Francisco

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November TNT: CG 41332

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

On November 16, 2023, one day after the 46th anniversary of the tragic capsizing of the forty-one-foot Coast Guard utility boat "CG 41332," author and former Coast Guardsman John Kopp will give a presentation outlining his recent book on the disaster. Join us as John discusses the history of the U.S. Coast Guard's rescue boat community; the background of the

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December TNT: Hiking Historic North Clatsop County Oregon

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Author of Hiking Historic North Clatsop County Oregon, Stan Pine will introduce us to a few of the 85+ hikes, walks, and strolls here in the Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, and Seaside areas of North Clatsop County. Before retiring with his wife to Astoria from Jefferson County in Central Oregon, Pine wrote two other guidebooks: Hiking Historical Jefferson County Oregon and

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January TNT: The Shoreys in Hammond

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers Zachary Stocks will present the story of Julia Shorey and her children, Victoria and William, who were residents of Hammond in the early 1900s—one of the few African American families in Clatsop County at that time. Julia Shorey was the widow of Captain William T. Shorey, known affectionately as the “Black Ahab.”    He became

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March TNT: A History of Pilotage of the Columbia River Bar

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Join us for the March 21st TNT, “A History of Pilotage on the Columbia River Bar,” presented by Thron Riggs. Captain Riggs joined his first ship as a ”wiper” directly out of high school. After twenty-seven seagoing years, he spent the next twenty-two years as a Columbia River Bar Pilot. Given his experience and the lack of any definitive written

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April TNT: The Louvre, The Art of Entertainment in Astoria

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

Conceived and designed in 1896 by two leading Portland professionals, the Louvre was Astoria's premier hotel, tavern, concert hall and yes....bordello. Located in the heart of the city's 'blazing center', The Louvre was a high-class gentleman's club that displayed all the trappings of a Gilded Age palace of pleasure. Local historians Lauri Serafin and Eric Wheeler will share information and images that affirm the pivotal role of the Louvre in Astoria's social and architectural history.

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May TNT: Between the Dates

Lovell Showroom, Fort George Brewery 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR, United States

  Join us for the April 18th  TNT, “Between the Dates,” presented by Michael Leamy. Michael Leamy and his wife Lynda have been caregivers for Greenwood Cemetery for over forty years. Michael sees Greenwood as "the archive of the life stories of thousands of people who lived, labored, and died in the Pacific Northwest."     He has captured many of

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