Gearing Up To Look Back On Our History!

Jul 28, 2023 | 2 comments

Oysterville Schoolhouse

Somehow it seems just right that we are beginning a new venture in Oysterville, Pacific County’s oldest extant settlement.  And… the “we” being a group of folks from Pacific County and beyond who are interested in the history of our county and intrigued with the possibilities of learning and sharing more about the way it was.  Which, of course, inevitably leads to how it is now — but we plan for that to take a while.

Oysterville Stagecoach

We are calling our endeavor “The History Forum” and, so far, we envision it this way:  on the first Wednesday of each month (September through May) anyone interested in Pacific County’s past may gather at the Oysterville Schoolhouse from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  They will comprise “The History Forum” — not always the same people, perhaps, but always people interested in Pacific County history.

There will be a topic each month which will be introduced/explored by a panel of two or three “experts” — folks who know enough to get us started by speaking for ten of fifteen minutes.  And then for the remainder of our two hours, the rest of us will ask our questions, suggest answers to one another if we have them, and generally put in our two bits worth about what we know or would like to find out.

H.A. Espy’s 1890 Diary

Among us there will undoubtedly be those who can suggest places to go for more definitive information or to research specifics.  There may be those  who have artifacts related to the topic-of-the-day to tell us about, perhaps even a treasured bit of correspondence or a diary entry appropriate to the day’s topic.

Abe Wing and James Johnson, early oystermen

Speaking of which — Our theme for our First Year will be the Pioneer Years (roughly 1840-1870) and our September topic will be “How We Got Here.”  (It may well be a continuing topic if interest and information is compelling!) To get us started, our first panelists will be three of our Pacific County neighbors whose roots here go back to pre-settlement times.

We are still in the early planning stages.  I urge you to mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 6th, 10:00 – 12 N. To make sure you get any notifications as we proceed, please send me your email address.  Anyone with an interest in Pacific County’s rich heritage is more than welcome to be a part of our History Forum!


  1. Robert O Gwinn

    Dear Cousin Sydney,
    Please add me to the “Gearing up to look back…” email list. I won’t be able to attend, but am interested in the topic. The dates don’t sync with when we will be at Surfside.
    Best regards,
    Cousin Bob Gwinn
    Allyn, WA

    PS Recently saw Willapa Bay Oyster Shooters in South Bend for $5 each.


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