Valsetz, Oregon Conversation

The North Lincoln County Historical Museum is hosting a conversation on the town of Valsetz, Oregon and the documentary made to tell its story: Home: The Story of Valsetz. This once thriving town was bulldozed and complete destroyed in the 1980s by the corporation that owned it, even though there were still people living in the community. Former members of the Valsetz community will be there to discuss what happened to the town, and the documentary will be played as part of the Oregon-Made Film Festival at the Bijou Theater. Visit to see the whole lineup of Oregon made films!

A Tour to Die For Returns for Fourth Year!

This collaborative event brings the Pioneer Cemetery to life as Theater West actors portray six north Lincoln County historical figures. These “permanent residents” will give their accounts of what it was like to live the rugged Oregon Coast.

Guests will go on a lantern-lit, night-time walking tour of the cemetery where they will meet three men and three women at their graves. You’ll meet a rugged mountain man who also held correspondence with Senators and Presidents, including Harry Truman. George and Nanie Parmele moved here in 1897, and will share stories of building the second post office, first school, and early mill that provided lumber for incoming settlers to this area. Sissie Johnson, a Native American woman who owned all of the land now known as Taft, will explain how she taught settlers how to thrive on the Oregon Coast. Hear these stories and more at this year’s A Tour to Die For!

Cost of the Tour is $25 dollars. In the case of inclement weather, the program will take place at the museum. Shows will be held the last week of September and first week of October. Head to for dates and to purchase tickets.

WWII on the Oregon Coast

Joann Kangiser Schneider’s four brothers who served in WWII (left to right): Lawrence, Gilbert, Joe, and Marion.

What: WWII on the Oregon Coast Program

When: September 21st at 2 pm

Where: The North Lincoln County Historical Museum. 4907 SW HWY 101 Lincoln City, OR.

Contact: NLCHM 541-996-6614

Joann Kangiser Schneider, who was a teenager during WWII, and North Lincoln County Historical Museum President Mick McLean will give a presentation about WWII on the Oregon Coast. There will be a slide-show, and they will lead discussions and encourage stories about “dim outs,” rationing cards, coast patrols, and more about North Lincoln County during World War II. Joann (Taft High School ’47) will share her personal experiences and those of her four brothers and future husband “Red” Schneider, who all joined the war effort. Mick will describe how two regions a sea apart prepared for invasion; Lincolnshire England after the fall of Dunkirk and Lincoln County, Oregon, after Pearl Harbor.  “Both counties felt the threat of invasion was real,” Mick explained. This program will take place during Celebration of Honor Week at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at North Lincoln County Historical Museum.