Warm up your voices and prepare for an evening of shanty singing from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Rogue Ales Public House, 100 39th St., No. 601, at Pier 39.
The Pacific Northwest Living Historians and the Education Department of Columbia River Maritime Museum are partnering to offer this free sea shanty sing led by Matthew Hensley and Betsey Ellerbroek. This is not a concert, but a fun way to learn more about shanty men, sailing ships and songs of the sea. It should be a rousing event. Order a pint of grog and join in the chorus. No need to have a great voice, just bring your enthusiasm. For more information, contact Ellerbroek at (503) 325-2323 or Cyndi Mudge at (503) 861-4403.
Hensley is an experienced living historian who does historical character portrayals for Lewis and Clark programs and for the Clatsop County Historical Society as part of "Talking Tombstones." He lives in Astoria where he is a teacher. Ellerbroek heads up the education programs at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Both are members of the Pacific Northwest Living Historians.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 when Rolf Klep, a native of Astoria, returned to his birthplace after retirement as a successful graphic artist on the East Coast. Upon returning, Klep (a longtime collector of marine artifacts) and a group of his colleagues, sought to establish a museum of national distinction to preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region. Today, the Columbia River Maritime Museum's national reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections makes it one of the finest maritime museums in the nation. It is also the first museum in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards, and has been designated the official state maritime museum for Oregon. (The CRMM also won the 2007 Coast Weekend Readers' Choice award for "Best Museum.")
Pacific Northwest Living Historians is a program of Destination: The Pacific and its historians have been portraying members of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery for bicentennial programs at Fort Clatsop and Seaside since 2001. In addition to providing the annual "Saltmakers Return" program in Seaside each summer and "Wintering Over" at Fort Clatsop in December, the group has expanded and its programs now include re-creating Clark's Camp at Cape Disappointment in July and a new program in 2008 at Dismal Nitch in Washington.
Demand for historical interpreters is increasing as the group prepares for the Astoria Bicentennial, the National Heritage Area efforts and the new Lewis and Clark National Historical Park sites. For more information about how to become a living historian or to register for the Living History programs, call (503) 861-4403 or visit www.destinationthepacific.com
Programs of the Pacific Northwest Living Historians are underwritten, in part, by the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Grant administered by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.