CHM Event

South Coast History Thru the Lens of Geography

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

History Course Taught at Coos History Museum    

Once again, historian Steve Greif will offer a series of local history lessons during winter at the Coos History Museum. Weaving together information from his previous classes as well as some new material, the course is called “South Coast History Thru the Lens of Geography”.  Lessons will be held at the museum each Wednesday evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 starting January 9th and ending March 20th, 2019.

The course, open to the public, is a fundraiser for the museum and the fee is $70 with Coos History Museum members receiving a 10% discount. To register, call (541.756.6320) or visit the Coos History Museum during business hours (10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday). The museum can process credit/debit cards over the phone.

Greif is a retired North Bend High School teacher and has written a history of North Bend High as well as a two-volume U.S. History text for students. He is a front desk volunteer at the Coos History Museum as well as a researcher and board member.

The course will offer a look at local history centered on geographic themes. Using many images from the vast photographic collection of the Coos History Museum, each session will explore the events, natural history and the people associated with different places on Oregon’s South Coast. Upon completion of the course, students will have learned more about the historic background to places where they live, work, and recreate. The tentative schedule for the course:


January 9    The Beach: North Spit to the Umpqua

January 16   Native Lands: Geography, Ethnobotany, and Culture

January 23   The Bay, Part I: Empire and Marshfield

January 30   The Bay, Part II: North Bend

February 6   The Forests: The Elliott and the O & C Lands

February 13 Small Towns North & South: Lakeside and Powers

February 20 Bandon-By-The-Sea

February 27 Coquille River Communities

March 6       Rogue River Revelations

March 13      Coos River and Golden/Silver Falls

March 20      The Parks: State, County, and Local

All events subject to change.