ILWACO — The 1960s were a decade of change on the Long Beach Peninsula. In 1961, the loss of the fishing vessel Mermaid and the motor lifeboat Triumph became the impetus for the founding of the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment in 1968. Ilwaco was a happening place with Red’s Flame Room offering fine dining and music. Doupe’s had all of the latest fashions. Marsh’s in Long Beach made an exciting new acquisition with Jake the Alligator Man. Developers “found the beach” and created new communities such as Surfside Estates and Tides West. Roads were expanded and the “new” Astoria/Megler Bridge made a great impact on everyday life. This exciting new exhibition highlights everyday life on the Peninsula in the ‘60s and documents many of these changes.

“Flashback: Remembering the ‘60s” is accompanied by the museum’s annual 6x6 art show and auction. More than 60 artists have contributed a piece with this year’s theme “Something Happening Here.” The 6x6 artworks will be on display from Oct. 27 until the auction on Saturday, Nov. 4.

On Nov. 17 part two of Flashback will open with a special “coffeehouse concert” with the Brownsmead Flats. The exhibition will feature a newly-installed gallery dedicated to the pastimes of the era.

There will be an opening reception for Flashback: Remembering the 60s on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be on view from Oct. 27, to March 1.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco, WA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit

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