CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks: Bill Lansing “Pilgrims, Forests, Railroads and Politics”

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery, Coos Bay


Online bookings are not currently available for this event. Admission, if applicable, is payable at the front desk.

Copies of Bill Lansing’s books are available for sale in the museum store. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Bill Lansing grew up in northern California on a small ranch, but considers himself an Oregonian.  He and his wife Ann have lived in Coos Bay since 1969 and have two grown boys.

He received his formal education from Humboldt State University, Yale and Stanford University and can’t seem to get into the rivalry between the Ducks and the Beavers; although he never misses a recorded version of a Duck’s football game.

After graduation from Yale and the marriage to his wife, he went to work for Menasha in Coos Bay, OR. He retired from Menasha as President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the years, he has served on many corporate and non-profit boards including: Umpqua Bank, the Lone Rock Timber Company, the Southwest Oregon Community College Foundation Board, the World Forestry Center Board in Portland, OR and the Boy Scouts America Council in Eugene, OR. He played a significant role in the Coos History Museum’s capital campaign raising the funds for the construction of the building; the upstairs library is named in his honor.

Bill has written six books on historical subjects of Coos County. He generously donated several of his books to help generate operating income in the museum store. He also wrote two personal books about the genealogy and history of the Lansing family dating back to Holland in 1656.  Bill tells us that: “History is made by those who lived it, commemorated by those who were told about it and interpreted by those who read about it. Much gets lost in the translation.”

Doors open at 6pm
Museum 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.

All events subject to change.