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Upcoming events

    • January 08, 2017
    • December 10, 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • Coos History Museum

    Come, hang out, explore!

    Every 2nd Sunday of the month, the Coos History Museum will have free admission, and hands on activities for children and those young at heart. Bring the whole family in to check out our exhibits and have fun with each month's activities.

    All children must be supervised by an adult.


    • January 29, 2017
    • December 31, 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • Coos History Museum

    Nautical Knots! Survival Knots! Rock Climbing Knots! Decorative Knots! Trick Knots! Macrame!

    This is a skill sharing club all about how to tie knots. Members enjoy working on various projects throughout the year. Come learn techniques from other members and sign up to share your special knot skills at future meetings. Whether a novice or an expert, we'd love to see what kinds of knots you're into. 

    Knot Club meets from 2pm - 4pm on the last Sunday of every month. 




    • May 02, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum


    First Tuesday Talks:
    John Doyle

    Architecture 101


    An introduction to American architectural styles and terminology illustrated with examples from the built environment in and around Coos Bay.

    John Doyle has lived in Portland since 1997. Prior to that he lived in Seoul, South Korea, New York City, Boston and a NYC suburb named Long Beach, NY where he grew up. He received my B.A. in History and Art History from Stony Brook University in New York in 1986. In 1992 he earned his M.A. in Art History from Tufts University in Medford, MA. From 1990 until 1996 he a gallery lecturer for the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Cloisters. In South Korea he taught English to a variety of students ranging in age from six to sixty. Since 2012 he has lectured at the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland leading walking tours on Portland architecture and history and presenting AHC education programs. He also serves on the Education Committee for AHC. In 2015 he began teaching course for P.U.G.S., the Portland Underground Graduate School focusing on Portland architectural history and the history of Western Art. He currently works for the Oregon Military Dept. managing a national guard armory in NE Portland.


    Doors: 6pm
    Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Musueum Exhibits and Store open until 8:30pm

    Free with paid Museum Admission
    CHM Members get in free

    First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino. Each presentation takes place at the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery.

    • May 05, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum

    Free discussion with Emily Drew on Power Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon. Part of the Oregon Humanities conversation project. 

    • June 03, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum

    Join us at the Museum during the 2017 Festival of Sail. Learn to paint a maritime themed painting while enjoying mimosas and a selection of brunch appetizers from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, June 3.

    $40 per person. Class size is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration fee includes cost of materials, food, and two drink tickets. 

    • June 03, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum

    Free discussion with Dmae Roberts. Part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

    • June 06, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum


    First Tuesday Talks:
    Dr. Brian Tissot

    Ocean Conservation for Surfers: Riding the Waves of Climate Change


    Everyone and everything on the planet is connected and we are all related. It may not seem like it when you are sliding down the face of a wave but the ocean is much, much more than a source of swells. In this talk I will discuss why surfers and citizens should care about a healthy ocean using key lessons from marine conservation. These lessons include promoting clean water, natural habitats, and intact ecosystems. Under these conditions, marine ecosystems naturally resist change and recover quickly from human and natural disturbances. Because surfers spent much of their lives in the sea, they understand its patterns and rhythm and represent an important and potentially influential group of individuals. Together surfing and marine biology can create significant synergy and help develop a focus on unique issues facing marine life, ocean health, marine conservation, and coastal issues.

    Professor Tissot is a surfer and a marine ecologist with three decades of experience conducting research on temperate and tropical marine ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University and has held positions at the University of Hawaii and Washington State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Marine Laboratory at Humboldt State University and lives in Trinidad, CA. He has published over 70 papers in scientific journals and has been awarded over $8 million in research grants in his career and serves on multiple scientific advisory boards. Brian’s work has been featured in Scientific American, Smithsonian magazine, the Washington Post and several films. His research focused on scientific research that improves the understanding, management and conservation of marine ecosystems. In addition to his scientific research Tissot (aka “Dr. Abalone”) also produces surfing videos on YouTube and blogs about surfing, marine biology and environmental issues on his site BrianTissot.com.

    Doors: 6pm
    Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Musueum Exhibits and Store open until 8:30pm
    Free with paid Museum Admission
    CHM Members get in free

    First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino. Each presentation takes place at the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery.

    • June 17, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum

    Coos History Museum's annual membership meeting. Meet in the Sprague Gallery from 10am - 1pm. More details to be announced.

    • July 03, 2017
    • Parking Lot, Coos History Museum

    View the Mill Casino's Firework display from the Coos History Museum parking lot. Reservations required. CHM members only. 

    • August 01, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum


    First Tuesday Talks: Thomas Hines

    "The Lighthouses of the Southern Oregon Coast and the US Coast Guard in Coos Bay"

    Chief Tom Hines will discuss the history of the Coast Guard in the Coos Bay area with an emphasis on the lighthouses of the southern Oregon coast. From the 1866 establishment of the first lighthouse at Cape Arago to the modern automated system currently in use at Cape Blanco and Yaquina Head lighthouses, Chief Hines will outline and discuss the role of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services have had on the Oregon coast. He will also give a brief history of the lifesaving units of the Coast Guard that are still very prominent in the area today.

    Thomas Hines is a Chief Boatswain’s mate in the US Coast Guard and is currently assigned as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team Coos Bay, Oregon. Part of his duties is the maintenance of the navigational lanterns at the Cape Blanco and Yaquina Head lighthouses on the Southern Oregon coast. He is working on a Bachelor’s degree in History at Thomas Edison State University and co-authored a Historical Summary of Aids to Navigation in Coos Bay.

    Doors: 6pm
    Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Musueum Exhibits and Store open until 8:30pm

    Free with paid Museum Admission
    CHM Members get in free

    First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino. Each presentation takes place at the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery.


    • October 03, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sprague Gallery, Coos History Museum


    First Tuesday Talks:
    Dr. Candice Goucher

    Sea Biscuits and Flying Fish: The Surprising History of Maritime Foods. A Lecture with Recipes



    This lecture will explore the globalization of food ways that emerged with the era of sailing ships. Foods at sea were both monotonous and surprising…Come find out about Sir Francis Drake’s salted cod fritters, NW Pacific salmon on tropical isles, and the long and hard legacy of the Royal Navy’s sea biscuits!

    Candice Goucher is a professor of history at Washington State University, Vancouver. She studied Chemistry and Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (BA, 1975), Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University (MA, 1978), and African History at the University of California at Los Angeles (PhD 1984). As an undergraduate, she pioneered the use of lead isotope analysis to identify ancient sources of metals, research published in Nature. Trained as an archaeologist, Candice Goucher has conducted archaeological and historical research in the Caribbean, Mauritius, and West Africa, where she worked with Merrick Posnansky at the site of Begho in Brong Ahafo, Ghana, and in the Bassari region of Togo. Her research interests have continued to forge interdisciplinary and global links in the areas of food studies, technology, culture and gender. With Linda Walton, she published several world history textbooks, including the 2nd edition of World History: Journeys from Past to Present (Routledge, 2013), translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean, and was co-lead scholar on the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting multimedia project Bridging World History consisting of 26 videos. She recently co-edited (with Graeme Barker, Cambridge University) vol.2 of The Cambridge World History: A World with Agriculture (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her book Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food (M.E. Sharpe, 2014) examined Caribbean history, culture and cuisine from ancient to modern times. It won the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award (Cook Books and Food Studies, Caribbean category). Her current research is on African iron technology in the Atlantic world. She was the 2015 recipient of the World History Association’s Pioneer in World History award for lifetime achievement.


    Doors: 6pm
    Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Musueum Exhibits and Store open until 8:30pm

    Free with paid Museum Admission
    CHM Members get in free

    First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino. Each presentation takes place at the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery.

Past events

April 04, 2017 First Tuesday Talks: Richard Engeman "Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon"
March 13, 2017 Women's History Luncheon featuring Linda Allen
March 07, 2017 First Tuesday Talks: Fred Leeson "Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth and Public Libraries"
February 22, 2017 Estate Planning Seminar
February 08, 2017 Coos Bay Winter Market
February 07, 2017 Tuesday Talks: Catherine Walworth, The Language of Flowers: Telling the Object of Desire
January 21, 2017 Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon
January 05, 2017 South Coast History Class
December 21, 2016 7th Annual National Homeless Persons' Memorial
November 24, 2016 MUSEUM CLOSED - THANKSGIVING
November 13, 2016 NBHS History Author Talk
November 12, 2016 CCHS 125th Anniversary Celebration
November 11, 2016 MUSEUM CLOSED - VETERANS DAY
November 10, 2016 Riparian Rulemaking Open House/Public Meeting
November 06, 2016 Halloween holdover
November 04, 2016 Voices of Oregon Writers
October 27, 2016 Private Meeting
October 26, 2016 SW Oregon Opiod Pre-Summit Dinner
October 23, 2016 Baby Shower
October 22, 2016 Forest Appreciation Day
October 20, 2016 Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance
October 19, 2016 Bay Area Hospital: Strategic Leadership Meeting
October 15, 2016 Soroptimists 75th Anniversary Celebration
October 14, 2016 Oregon Facilities Authority
October 12, 2016 BLM: Wildlife, Fish, Botany Planning Meeting
October 10, 2016 School Field Trip
October 10, 2016 Menasha Legacy Fund Advisory Committee
October 09, 2016 Documentary Screening of The Suffragists
October 08, 2016 Oregon Author Talk
October 08, 2016 Daughters of the Revolution
October 06, 2016 Free Night at the Museum
October 05, 2016 P3 Kickoff
October 03, 2016 BAH: Strategic EHR Planning
October 01, 2016 Wedding
September 30, 2016 Retirement Party
September 22, 2016 Connect the Boardwalk Meeting
September 16, 2016 Prefontaine Clinic with Gary Fanelli
September 15, 2016 Front Street Action Plan Open House
September 13, 2016 Leadership Coos
September 12, 2016 CHM Donor Appriciation Dinner
September 04, 2016 Sun Fun Tour
August 28, 2016 Memorial Service
August 27, 2016 Rock Talks, Talking Rocks
August 27, 2016 Whitty Awards Dinner
August 26, 2016 Wedding Reception
August 20, 2016 Baby Shower
August 18, 2016 Oregon Heritage Commission Workshop
August 14, 2016 Birthday Dinner
August 14, 2016 Wedding Party
August 06, 2016 Railroad Centennial Relay
August 06, 2016 Coos Railroad History Talk
August 06, 2016 Peter DeFazio Town Hall Meeting
August 03, 2016 Road Scholar Tour
July 30, 2016 Vegetable Fermentation Workshop
July 23, 2016 Judy Fleagle Author Talk
July 19, 2016 BLM Workshop
July 16, 2016 Wedding
July 09, 2016 Birthday Party
July 09, 2016 South Coos History Tour- Ranch Tour
July 06, 2016 Coos County Memories: The Early Years Photo Scanning
July 04, 2016 July Fourth Celebration
June 28, 2016 Sause Brothers Training Meeting
June 25, 2016 Wedding
June 24, 2016 Mill Casino Meet-n-greet
June 17, 2016 Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
June 13, 2016 Bay Area Hospital Workshop
June 11, 2016 Bridal Shower
June 11, 2016 Oregon Central Coast Military Vehicle Group Meeting
June 11, 2016 Coos Historical Society Annual Meeting
June 09, 2016 New Community Coalition Board Meeting
June 08, 2016 Belloni Boys Ranch Retreat
June 07, 2016 Knot Club
June 07, 2016 Banner Bank Meeting
June 02, 2016 New Community Coalition Meeting
June 02, 2016 Banner Bank Meeting
June 01, 2016 CCHS Board Committee Meeting
May 29, 2016 Wedding Anniversary Party
May 26, 2016 John Whitty Author Talk
May 25, 2016 6th Grade Field Trip
May 19, 2016 CCD Business Development Annual Meeting
May 18, 2016 CCHS Board Meeting
May 14, 2016 Shoni's LulaRoe Boutique
May 14, 2016 Oregon Central Coast Military Vehicle Group Meeting
May 13, 2016 Eugene Sr. Citizens Tour
May 12, 2016 Connect the Boardwalk Meeting
May 12, 2016 New Community Coalition Meeting
May 07, 2016 Pre's People Film Screening
May 07, 2016 Dick Moen Memorial
May 05, 2016 5th Grade Field Trip
May 04, 2016 WOAH Meeting
May 04, 2016 Airgas Meeting
May 03, 2016 Soroptimist International Tour
May 01, 2016 The Life & Times on the Tall Ships
March 27, 2016 Museum CLOSED
March 26, 2016 Women's History Month Round Table
January 20, 2016 Forestry, Herbicides, & Health
January 17, 2016 Knot Club
January 09, 2016 Trivia Files - Fundraiser
January 05, 2016 South Coast History Class
January 01, 2016 Museum CLOSED
December 24, 2015 Museum CLOSED
December 13, 2015 Nautical Knot Tree Decorating
December 03, 2015 Steve Prefontaine Film Fundraising Event!
November 27, 2015 Black Friday (& Saturday) Sale
November 26, 2015 CLOSED - Thanksgiving
November 23, 2015 Registration for South Coast Hst. class begins
November 12, 2015 Egyptian Theatre 90th Birthday Celebration !
November 04, 2015 Winter Farmer's Market
November 01, 2015 Halloween Holdover!
October 10, 2015 Oregon Author's Day
October 01, 2015 Show and Tell at the Museum
September 09, 2015 Grand Opening!
September 03, 2015 Show and Tell at the Museum
August 13, 2015 Murder Mystery and a Movie at the Museum
August 06, 2015 Show and Tell at the Museum
July 03, 2015 Fourth of July Weekend
June 23, 2015 Major Donor Dinner
June 20, 2015 CONNECT! the Boardwalks Community Walk
June 06, 2015 A Tale of Two Boats
May 30, 2015 Sailor-Soldier Monument Re-dedication
May 30, 2015 Memorial Day Parade
May 01, 2015 Civil War Connections: 150 Years in 150 Minutes
April 18, 2015 Harry and Agnes Bridges: A couple at odds
April 03, 2015 First Friday Wine Walk
March 20, 2015 North Bend Sip and Stroll
March 06, 2015 First Friday Wine Walk
February 14, 2015 Just Off the Pallet
February 06, 2015 First Friday Wine Walk
January 31, 2015 Walkable North Bend
September 27, 2014 Dahlia Day – Shore Acres State Park
September 27, 2014 Stand Up! For the Bay
September 20, 2014 Coos Sand N’ Sea – Sea of Quilts XX
September 20, 2014 Bay Area Fun Festival
September 20, 2014 Orchid Day – Shore Acres State Park
September 20, 2014 35th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run
September 13, 2014 Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration
September 13, 2014 Southern Oregon Dahlia Society Show & Butterfly Tea
September 13, 2014 15th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby
September 13, 2014 Last Day the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum Will Be Open
September 09, 2014 Music on the Bay
September 06, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
September 05, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
September 02, 2014 Music on the Bay
August 30, 2014 6th Annual Sunset Bay Trail Run
August 23, 2014 Blackberry Arts Festival
August 23, 2014 Corvettes on the Bay
August 23, 2014 Sunset Bay Angler of the Day Kayak Fishing Challenge
August 16, 2014 Bonsai Day ~ Shore Acres State Park
August 15, 2014 Last Day for Research Requests
August 15, 2014 Museum Changes Open Days
August 09, 2014 24th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival
August 09, 2014 Bandon Historical Hike
August 03, 2014 56th Annual Salmon BBQ
August 02, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
August 02, 2014 41st Annual Circle the Bay 30km Run/Walk/Relay
August 01, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
July 19, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
July 18, 2014 Sip 'N Stroll
July 13, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
July 12, 2014 Oregon Coast Music Festival
July 12, 2014 15th Annual Kentuck Run
July 11, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
July 05, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
July 04, 2014 4th of July in Mingus Park & Concert in the Sky
July 04, 2014 4th of July 25th annual Mayor’s Firecracker Run
July 04, 2014 Museum Closed
July 03, 2014 3rd of July Fireworks on Coos Bay
June 28, 2014 25th Restoration Celebration Pow Wow
June 28, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
June 28, 2014 Clamboree!
June 27, 2014 6th Annual Mutt Strutt
June 26, 2014 Downtown North Bend Block Party
June 21, 2014 CONNECT! The Boardwalks
June 21, 2014 20th Annual Jennifer’s Catching Slough Class & 6th Annual South Coast Half Marathon
June 20, 2014 Egyptian Theater Grand Re-Opening
June 20, 2014 2014 Lighthouse Run
June 15, 2014 Shore Acres Rose Sunday, Father's Day
June 14, 2014 Museum Will Open Late
June 14, 2014 Coos Historical Society Annual Meeting
June 07, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
June 07, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
June 07, 2014 State Park Day & Free Fishing Day
June 06, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
May 31, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
May 26, 2014 Blue Star Museum
May 24, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
May 24, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
May 24, 2014 25th Annual Memorial Day Parade
May 23, 2014 BBQ Brews & Blues on the Bay
May 20, 2014 "100 years ago in North Bend"
May 18, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
May 17, 2014 9th Annual Tomato-Rama
May 11, 2014 Shore Acres Rhododendron Sunday Mother's Day
May 10, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
May 03, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
May 03, 2014 Myrtle Point Arcadia: Meet the Authors
May 03, 2014 Celtic Cultural Festival
May 02, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
May 01, 2014 Tall Ship Days
April 26, 2014 Rhododendron Flower Show & Plant Sale
April 26, 2014 Everybody's War: Book Talk and Signing
April 26, 2014 Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed
April 19, 2014 37th Annual Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay
April 13, 2014 South Coast Striders Walk
April 05, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
April 05, 2014 Family Fun Day & Run for the Kids
April 04, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
April 03, 2014 Museum Closed for Staff In-Service
March 29, 2014 Glen Olson Author Talk
March 22, 2014 Whale Watching Week
March 21, 2014 Sip 'n Stroll
March 13, 2014 25th Annual South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival
March 07, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
March 01, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
February 15, 2014 Charleston Crab Feed
February 07, 2014 First Friday Wine Walk
February 01, 2014 Burns Night Celebration & Dinner
January 25, 2014 Walkable North Bend
January 17, 2014 Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival Preview
January 04, 2014 First Saturday Food Drive
January 04, 2014 BIRDS ON THE ESTUARY
January 01, 2014 Museum Closed
January 01, 2014 Polar Bear Plunge
December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball OCCI
December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve Party
November 28, 2013 Lights at Shore Acres
November 02, 2013 Author Talk with Andie Jensen
October 31, 2013 Trick or Treat!
October 25, 2013 Monster Disco Ball
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