The Clatsop County Historical Society presents E.W. Giesecke as the featured speaker for its free, public June TNT ("Thursday Night Talks") program.

Geisecke's presentation, "Oregon's Spanish Galleon Wreck: The Nehalem Beeswax Ship," takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Edwin K. Parker Gallery of the Heritage Museum, 1618 Exchange St.

For 250 years, Spain's great galleons crossed the dangerous Pacific. The sea and Spain's enemies took dozens of the Manila galleons. On the West Coast, there are only two or three sites with evidence of such wrecks. One of these is found on the Nehalem sand peninsula.

Geisecke will present new archaeological and historical discoveries as to the exact location of the Nehalem galleon wreckage. His research includes a century-old report of the wreck site by T.H. Rogers, exact locations of teakwood and beeswax block finds, other reports of early resident sightings, plotting of the wreck portions on sandpit charts and estimates of redistribution of wreckage if the ship's loss occurred before the tsunami of January 1700. Also, more traditions of the local natives supporting the wreck and the existence of survivors and castaways are given. Interviews of pioneer families of Nehalem are also related.

Thursday Night Talks is a free monthly lecture series held the first Thursday of each month featuring a variety of topics and speakers. For more information on this event or other Clatsop County Historical Society events, call (503) 325-2203 or e-mail


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