MANZANITA — The Nehalem Valley Historical Society presents “Telling It Like It Was: Four Inspiring Presentations in History” at 3 p.m. on second Saturdays in February, March, April and May, at the historic Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave.

The free series is sponsored by NVHS members and volunteers, the City of Manzanita and the Old Wheeler Hotel. For more information, visit, visit the society on Facebook, or email

Feb. 9

“Black in Oregon 1840-1870,” presented by Layne Sawyer, reference manager for the Oregon State Archives. Learn about the award-winning exhibit produced by the Oregon State Archives staff, interns and volunteers. This talk illuminates the courage and resilience of black pioneers and their families who immigrated to Oregon between 1840 and 1870 despite the many barriers they faced. Introduction by Tom Campbell, president of the Nehalem Valley Historical Society.

March 9

“Surveying Neahkahnie’s Treasure Rocks,” presented by Phil Costaggini, researcher, author and vice president of the Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California. Learn about the genesis of Phil’s three-year journey to produce his thesis, “Sir Francis Drake’s Northwest Exploration: An Historical Discussion and Survey of Artifacts at Neahkahnie Mountain.” Introduction by Garry Gitzen, author and president of the Sir Francis Drake Association.

April 13

“Early Twentieth Century Timber Workers: Songs and Stories,” presented by James Cook, Oregon vice president of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. Hear stories and enjoy photographs about Oregon’s North Coast lumber camps and mills during the early decades of the 20th century. Musicians Scott Butler and Mark Loring of the duo Audio Tattoo will perform songs of Oregon workers’ life in the woods and mills. Introduction by Jay Verberg, proprietor of the Old Wheeler Hotel and NVHS Board Member.

May 11

“A. E. Doyle’s and Ellis Lawrence’s Beach Architecture,” presented by Phil Niles, historian and author of “The Beauty of the City: A. E. Doyle, Portland’s Architect.” Learn how two architects recognized the beauty of the North Oregon Coast in the 1900s through their design of summer homes on Neahkahnie Mountain and the once-flourishing Neahkahnie Tavern that was perched above the beach in Manzanita. Introduction by David Wiegan, director of the North County Recreation District, an A.E. Doyle designed campus from the 1920s, and NVHS Board Member.

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