Wild Seafood Weekend will be about more than appreciating the delicacies from the sea and the people who bring them to us, those frequenting Newport’s Bayfront can also enjoy some tasty historical insights offered by the Lincoln County Historical Society about the state’s role in the Civil War.
The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd., will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Oregon Civil War legacy researcher Frank Krone, is scheduled to speak about the fruits of his research at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Krone has spent the last five years researching Oregon’s connections to the Civil War and to Lincoln County’s namesake, President Abraham Lincoln and his administration. More than 15,000 Civil War veterans moved to Oregon to earn their living and raise families. Krone visits pioneer cemeteries and documents, with photos and written information, the gravesites of these veterans. “Pioneer graveyards are like open-air museums, full of cultural and historical information about our communities,” he says.
Krone has served on the boards of OMSI, the Oregon Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the Bowers Natural History Museum, the Friends of History, and the Sons of Norway. In 2006 he helped set up an exploratory committee for what would later become the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which was directly connected to the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee. Krone participated in many of the bicentennial events including Lincoln Bicentennial Week at Portland State University, the 146th anniversary reenactment of the Gettysburg address at Lone Fir Cemetery, the rededication of the Lincoln statue in Portland’s Park Blocks, and Abraham Lincoln and the Transcontinental Railroad headliner event for the National Train Day festivities held at Union Station.