Why do Oregonians enjoy free public access to coastal beaches? Lincoln County Commissioner and avid historian Bill Hall will address that question when he speaks at the Lincoln County Historical Society on “The Oregon Beach Bill at 100: A Birthright Preserved.” The talk will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Carriage House next to the Burrows House Museum at 545 SW 9th St., Newport.” Commissioner Hall will discuss the story of Gov. Oswald West and 1913’s Oregon Beach Bill, which preserved the public’s ownership and right of access to the beaches.
Commissioner Hall is a native Oregonian who has lived in Lincoln County since 1987. He worked in local print and broadcast media for 18 years prior to being elected a Lincoln County commissioner in 2004. He is currently serving his third term in that position. He has a strong interest in history, especially the people and events that shaped Oregon.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The talk will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a brief annual meeting of the board of directors and members of the Lincoln County Historical Society.
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 Museum located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport and the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center at 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport. Admission to the Burrows House is by donation. Admission to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 through 12. Members are free. Both museums are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.