Local history course returns to Pine Grove

The Nehalem Valley Historical Society brings back its popular History of the Nehalem Bay Area series at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita. Sessions focus on themes such as transportation and tourism, and events such as fires and floods. Presentations involve extensive use of historical photos and include time for questions and discussion. Classes with new ideas and photos include “From Indians to iPads” and “Selling the seashore.”

Mohler creamery
Mohler creamery A hundred years ago, dairy farmers brought milk to the cheese factory at Mohler. Since 1976, the building has been the Nehalem Bay Winery. You can see more local historical photos at Mark’s website


The series begins on Monday, June 6, and meets every Monday and Thursday afternoon until June 23. Each session runs from 4-5:30 p.m. The $50 fee includes membership in the Historical Society, a DVD and map about local history, and all course materials. Current Historical Society members pay $35.


Mark Beach leads the course. Mark has a Ph.D. in history, taught at Cornell University and worked at the Smithsonian Institution before moving to Oregon. He has researched north county history since moving to Manzanita in 1992. Classes draw on Mark’s extensive collection of historical photos.


You can sign up for the series by calling the Historical Society at 368-7460 or at Pine Grove on the first date, June 6. To see a detailed list of topics, check the events button at