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Cape Blanco Living History Presentations

Scenes depicting life at the Hughes House near Cape Blanco in the early 1900’s began Wednesday, June 7. Visitors to the historic home will listen in on five minute conversations between Jane Hughes (played by Inge Licon) and members of her family, neighbors, and travelers. The presentations run each Wednesday, between 10 AM and 3 PM with the final presentation August 30.

Jane’s conversations include those with her son Edward (played by Greg Ryder) just back from a trip to bustling San Francisco; with neighbor Georgina McKenzie (a role shared by Deborah Wayne and Sonja Mason); with new daughter-in-law Annie (Ruth Barnes); with newly-ordained Father Keveny (Greg Ryder); with a young Irish immigrant Catherine Kelly (Emily Gwyn) ; and with Jane’s young grandchildren Annie and Agnes (Jada Ryder and Lily Albiston).

Kalee Shores, understudy for several roles, will assist the new Living History coordinator Susan Russell with preparations and rehearsals. Local historian Shirley Nelson wrote most of the scripts.

All participants volunteer their time to bring these scenes to life under the auspices of Oregon State Parks and the Cape Blanco Heritage Society.

Admission to Hughes House is free. Donations to the Living History Program are welcomed.


Port Orford Area Historic Sites Open April 1

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Hughes House and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum will be open for tours starting April 1, from 10 to 3:30. Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) collaborates with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide tours every day (except Tuesdays) through October 30.

Each site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located in beautiful settings with ocean views and hiking trails.

If you appreciate visiting these sites, please consider becoming a volunteer host for CBHS or OPRD. Contact CBHS at 541-332-0521 or OPRD at 541-332-6774 for more information.

Please take a moment and renew your membership or join CBHS today. A membership or individual donation plays a very important role in funding the Society’s interpretive and educational activities at all three sites. This membership links you to a special group of people who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich, historic legacy found in North Curry County, Oregon. As a member your benefits include the quarterly CBHS newsletter, a 10% discount at all 3 gift shops filled with history-related items plus knowing that your tax deductible donation is making a positive difference in the lives of so many people.