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History Center celebrates Terrible Tilly

Trucke shares memories of the famed lighthouse

Published on November 22, 2017 1:45PM

Elaine Trucke

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Elaine Trucke

Terrible Tilly.

Courtesy Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Terrible Tilly.

Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse

Courtesy Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse

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Join Seaside native and executive director of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum Elaine Trucke, at Seaside Museum’s History & Hops series as she explores Tilly’s life as a lighthouse as well as tales of owners with mafia ties, rumored casinos and more. Some might argue that Terrible Tilly’s life after her 1957 decommissioning is the most interesting part of her history.

This month’s History & Hops will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Brewing Company, 851 Broadway.

Graduating cum laude from Eastern Oregon University with dual degrees in anthropology and sociology, Elaine Trucke has served as the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s director for the past seven years. In that time, she has worked with the Smithsonian, provided historical information to OPB, KGW, and KATU. She also contributes a monthly historic article to the Cannon Beach Gazette. Trucke is an avid hiker, historian, mother, and pluviophile.

History & Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co.

Preserving Seaside’s History since 1974, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational institution with the mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials illustrative of the history of Seaside and the surrounding area. The museum is located at 570 Necanicum Dr., Seaside and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found at www.seasidemuseum.org.





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