“BEACHIN’ IT 1890s-1920s”
OPENS AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, NEWPORT
“Beachin’ It 1890s-1920s: Newport’s Summer People” opens today at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW 9th St. in Newport. Entrance to the museum and exhibit is by donation. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The exhibit features photographs, postcards, and objects from an era in Newport’s history remarkable for an active summer tourism business. Bay Beach, Nye Beach, and Agate Beach were the hot spots for summer events including surfing, a ladies’ race, clam bakes, sun bathing, hot sea baths, and numerous other activities. Among the objects are bathing suits from the period, promotional materials, hats and umbrellas.
“This exhibit takes the visitor back to a lively time in history and notably in Newport. I think the bathing suits and photographs are of particular interest,” Steve Wyatt, executive director of the Society, said. “One of the photographs, surfers on Agate Beach, is new to the collection and slightly different from one commonly seen.”
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County.