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Historical Society Extends Deadline to Borrow Maritime Objects for Exhibit at Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center

This binnacle and light from the Blue Magpie, which wrecked on the north jetty of Yaquina Bay in 1983, is one of the objects lent to the Lincoln County Historical Society for its new exhibit in the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center. Diverse maritime-related objects are being sought for the community-based exhibit scheduled for the June 28, 2013 opening of the Center on Newport’s Bayfront.

This binnacle and light from the Blue Magpie, which wrecked on the north jetty of Yaquina Bay in 1983, is one of the objects lent to the Lincoln County Historical Society for its new exhibit in the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center. Diverse maritime-related objects are being sought for the community-based exhibit scheduled for the June 28, 2013 opening of the Center on Newport’s Bayfront.

The Lincoln County Historical Society has extended the deadline to borrow objects for the community-based exhibit, “Ship to Shore: Objects of a Maritime Community.” This community-driven exhibit opens June 28, 2013.

“We have received some wonderful objects including a binnacle and light from the Blue Magpie, which wrecked on the north jetty of Yaquina Bay in 1983, material from the Merchant Marines, an early crab pot, scale-ship models, a beautiful ship’s bell, and more,” Steve Wyatt, executive director of the Society said. “We would like to see commercial fishing-related objects in particular,” he said. The objects do not have to be old. Objects can be loaned for up to a year then returned to the lender.”

To submit an object, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509. The deadline for offering objects and making loan arrangements is now May 31. The sooner objects are submitted, the better. The Maritime Center is secure, clean, alarmed, and insured.

Recent monetary donations from over 100 members and friends have funded a massive renovation effort on the main floor of the building. The main floor and the deck will open June 28. The basement and upper floor will be renovated as funding becomes available.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. It operates the Burrows House located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. Entrance to the museum is by donation. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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