Civil War Re-Enactment this weekend at Ft. Stevens in Hammond, Oregon


Visiting the Oregon North coast this Labor Day weekend?

Love History?
Don’t miss the Civil War Re-Enactments and living history exhibits Sept. 5-7 at Fort Stevens (Oregon’s only link with the Civil War, by the way) with artillery demonstrations, battle re-enactments, medical, cavalry exhibits and band concerts to name a few.
A schedule is available at the Northwest Civil War Council link which also has directions and other information.
If you can’t be here, enjoy the video above taken at last year’s re-enactment!

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The shipwreck that saved Jamestown or “The Tempest”

The wreck of the Sea Venture on Bermuda on July 28, 1609 and the role its survivors played in the eventual rescue of the failing colony at Jamestown are dramatic tales from the founding years of our nation. A little-known but well-speculated fact is that Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” gathered inspiration from the event also.

NW Limited...History in Vogue carries this framed historic map of Jamestown created for the quadricentennial in May 2007 with the USPS first day of issue stamps and postmark commemorating the event - click on the image to visit our site

NW Limited...History in Vogue carries this framed historic map of Jamestown created for the quadricentennial in May 2007 with the USPS first day of issue stamps and postmark commemorating the event - click on the image to visit our site

The Sea Venture, sailing from England to the desperately needy Jamestown with supplies, was wrecked off the future colony of Bermuda.   Although believed lost, the castaways survived for 10 months and then reluctantly finished the sail to Jamestown. 
Upon their arrival, they found a starving, almost completely decimated colony. 
Nearly successful in convincing Gates to abandon the endeavor, the fates intervened when another Virginia Company fleet vessel arrived as they were exiting the James River bound for England, and Gates turned around to salvage the Jamestown colony as well as England’s interest in the New World.

“As the battered Sea Venture headed for an island grounding on July 28, 1609, the voyagers guessed that they were landing on haunted Bermuda.”

 

From the History News Network article; “Thus it may be said that July 28, 2009 marks two quadricentennials. One is the unintended founding of Bermuda by castaways who came ashore on a rain-whipped day in 1609. The other is the birthday of a sprite, a wild man, and a mercurial magician, characters given life when a Jamestown shipwreck captured the imagination of a literary master and inspired an enduring tale called The Tempest”
Links:
Jimson Harvest
Virtual Jamestown
Historic Jamestown
History News Network article “A Jamestown Shipwreck 400 Years Ago this Month Awakened Shakespeare’s Muse”

Barack Obama signed

This is, appropriately enough, the very first build using our American made moulding purchased from Framerica!
January 20th, 2009 inaugural postmark and a pin featuring the presidential seal are displayed around the signed photo.
Here is our 44th President, and part of the newest lineup of History in VogueTM:

Autographed by Barack Obama

Autographed by Barack Obama has been sold, but there will be 43 more available


#3 of 44 sold – to purchase the next build: 503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com

Inauguration invitations

Did you get an invitation to President-elect Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20th?
Ever wonder what goes into the very first impression of such a prestigious event?
A Wisconsin plant made the paper, a Chicago company supplied the ink, and a New York printer has made the invitations.
Precise Continental Corp was chosen to create the invitations to the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.
Congratulations on your part in making history, Precise Continental Printing of Brooklyn, New York!

Christmas shopping

The holidays are upon us.
Time to start thinking about Christmas if you haven’t already.
Why not find something that feels custom-made, like it was built just for that special person?
Chances are that we have something built that will appeal to those hardest to buy for in a way that nothing else could.
Due to the tremendous effort and logistics of gathering components, time is up for a custom, though we can print a gift certificate for you for any within our editions.
Every piece is an event unto itself, and destined to become treasured family heirlooms, and designated favorite.
Here are a few suggestions, and a range for every budget,  these represent pieces that are currently in stock and ready to ship:  

Lewis & Clark small States Map with USPS first day issue stamps and postmarks 10 X 17 $85 as shown (click for more information at our site)

Lewis & Clark small States Map with USPS first day issue stamps and postmarks 10" X 17" $85 as shown (click for more information at our site)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart 22 X 44 $500 as shown, available unframed for $50 or framed only $225 (click for more information on our website)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, $500 as shown, $50 unframed or $225 framed only (click image to visit our website for more information on purchasing)

The USS Ronald Reagan $200 comes with t-shirt, stickers, patch and official documentation

The USS Ronald Reagan $200 comes with t-shirt, stickers, patch and official documentation

Jamestown, VA quadricentennial historic map matted and framed with USPS stamp and postmark commemorating the four hundred year anniversary of Americas oldest settlement  $225 as shown (click for website)

Jamestown, VA quadricentennial historic map matted and framed with USPS stamp and postmark commemorating the four hundred year anniversary of America's oldest settlement $225 as shown 17 X 20 (click for website)

For more information or to purchase:
503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com

Beeswax Wreck on Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Public Broadcasting network is airing a feature about the Nehalem Beeswax Wreck on Oregon Field Guide. 
Click for link to video of the broadcast

Beeswax stamp from Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart

Beeswax stamp from Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart

If you haven’t already caught this episode, and are interested in learning more about Oregon’s oldest known shipwreck and its history, make sure to watch and familiarize yourself with this fascinating story about a Manila Galleon mystery. The links below will also provide more information.

Links:
Dead Reckoning the Pacific Graveyard slideshow, which includes clues to the Beeswax wreck mystery
Oregon Public Broadasting website
Search our blog for Beeswax wreck info
Beeswax project website
Scientists search for buried treasure off the Oregon coast KGW.com article from their news feature in May of 2008

Ocian in View

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA will host “Ocian in View” this November 7, 8 & 9th.
As part of those events, on Sunday the 9th at 3:30 pm there will be a dedication of the Cape Disappointment Nickel plaque and Open House with the photographer, Andrew Cier, (whose photo was used for the Lewis & Clark nickel as well as the GPS Marker).

Lewis & Clark Indian Nations map by NW Limited...History in Vogue features the USPS first day issue postmarks and stamps commemorating the bicentennial (click for more info)

Lewis & Clark Indian Nations map by NW Limited...History in Vogue features the USPS first day issue postmarks and stamps commemorating the bicentennial (click for more info)

Other events include presentations by the Chinook Indian Tribe, Knappton Cove Heritage Center Open House, a seafood dinner, and bus tours.
For the complete schedule of events, Visit this link hosted on the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum site or call 360-642-3446

To own a piece of history related to the Lewis & Clark expedition like the one to the right, call 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com

“You can be a king or a street sweeper…

…but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.”
              -Robert Alton Harris.

A little Halloween-time history on our favorite guy in black:

Death is often given the name the “Grim Reaper.”
Depicted as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe, and wearing a midnight black gown, robe or cloak with a hood.  When portrayed in the black-hooded gown, death’s face is not seen, instead a mere shadow beneath the hood.

In some cases, the Grim Reaper is said to actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life.
Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving only to sever the last tie from the soul to the body, escorting the deceased to the next world. In some interpretations, he is present as a new life arrives as well as for departure.
The Grim Reaper is as at home in a graveyard as he is at a carnival. Death is everywhere.
For better or worse, when the Grim Reaper points at you, nothing can forever allay the chill of death.

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Oct. 25, 1906: Wreck of the Peter Iredale

On October 25, 1906, the bark Peter Iredale was wrecked on the Oregon coast at Clatsop Spit near

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

Warrenton attempting a Columbia River entrance.
The grounded ship was unsalvageable.
Over a century later, only her rusting bones remain.

Peter Iredale revealed by the storms of December. Photo taken January 2008 near Ft. Stevens

Peter Iredale in January 2008 near Ft. Stevens. The wreck is one of several hundred casualties of the Pacific Graveyard and appears as the most familiar landmark on "Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard" shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in VogueTM.

 
Oft-photographed, endlessly visited by tourists, the Iredale’s weathered skeleton is testament both to the forces of nature and folly of man. 

There are countless more like her that have disappeared, shipwrecked forever by virtue of lucky salvage or the relentless pounding of waves, wind, tide and time.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” documents these, lifting them from conscious memory, and marking them in historic record.
Anecdotes from each wreck are provided, stories which are entwined in the foundation of a region rich with maritime activity.
As the newest and most complete shipwreck chart of the SW Washington, NW Oregon coast and lower Columbia River, it is also the most aesthetically-minded.
Printed on high-quality paper, the lithograph (detail shown below) is built to stand the test of time both as a collectible, historic tribute and an artful display. 
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River click on the image for larger, readable version

"Dead Reckoning" Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River

For information on ordering a shipwreck chart directly from the creator, please contact bill@nwlimited.com or call 503-338-6056.

Commune with the Dead

This weekend at Ocean View Cemetary in Warrenton, Oregon, the Clatsop County Historical Society will be hosting the fifth rendition of their popular “Talking Tombstones” event.  If you love history, it’s an event not to be missed.
From the Historical Society’s website:

Talking Tombstones V, “Friends In Low Places”

Ocean View Cemetery, Warrenton, OR
10/26/2008
Event Fee: FREE

The Clatsop County Historical Society with sponsorship from Astoria Granite Works is excited to once again present Talking Tombstones. This year’s sequel, “Talking Tombstones V, Friends In Low Places” will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 1:00 p.m. until dusk at the Ocean View Cemetery, SW 18th Street, Warrenton.

Ten former citizens are expected to return from the great beyond for a graveside chat with any and all willing to visit their tombstone.This is a FREE event, however donations are welcome.

Visitors should plan to arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. as the deceased begin to fade from view as the darkness of night draws near.

To learn more about Talking Tombstones or how you might assist with the event, please call 503-325-2203 or e-mail: cchs@cumtux.org.
 

 

Links:
Talking Tombstones Coast Weekend – Daily Astorian
Talking Tombstones at the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Website
Where’s Grim
Tales of the dead written in stone Daily Astorian article w/video