Cape Blanco Heritage Society

Cape Blanco Lighthouse by Darren Evans


If you would like to get involved in a CBHS Project, contact us and we will make arrangements to get you started. Several projects are underway! We will keep our members informed on our website.

LIFEBOAT No. 36498 RESTORATION — We thank the Curry County Cultural Coalition for an initial grant to repair the exterior following standards of historic preservation. The project includes partially enclosing the shelter housing the boat by installing protective plexiglass at the fore and aft of the lifeboat to prevent future damage. Be sure to make a visit to the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum in August 2022 to see our crew in action restoring Lifeboat No. 36498.

MUSEUM "OPEN" — We are digitizing our collections — not simply the photographs, maps and documents which most people think of when archival materials come to mind. We are digitizing and cataloguing every artifact we have at each of the three CBHS locations beginning with our newsletter, the Heritage Journal. We have received an Oregon Museum Grant to digitize historic Port Orford Newspapers to be made available in 2023/24. We want to make certain that we preserve our history for generations to come.

THE ART OF CAPE BLANCO / CREATIVITY @ THE HEADS — We have begun profiling area artists who have been inspired by the natural beauty of our CBHS sites. Subscribe to our newsletter for artists profiles, and stay tuned for upcoming art projects.

HUGHES HOUSE LIVING HISTORY — We are looking for volunteers to continue our annual tradition of the Hughes House Living History, hopefully in 2022. Six unique five-minute scenes, written by historian Shirley Nelson, depict Jane’s life at the Hughes House near Cape Blanco in the early 1900s. Our scripts are currently being reviewed, and this may ultimately become a movie project! Interested in participating? Become a volunteer at CBHS.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES — We are always seeking volunteers (tour docents, greeting center cashiers, membership chairperson, committee members, newsletter article writers, Living History actors, etc.). Contact CBHS at 541-332-0521 or email us for more information.