Old Fashioned 4th of July

“Old Fashioned Fouth of July”

The Westport South Beach Historical Society’s popular Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration will be held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum Monday the 4th of July. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the grounds is free.

Sunday the 3rd will also host Family fun activities in a warm up to the classic “Old Fashioned” event on Monday

An old-fashioned family celebration, it’s complete with children’s games for prizes, food, a plant and bake sale, vendors, a cakewalk, live music, raffle and a silent auction.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local military fraternities and sororities open the event with the posting of the colors and the National Anthem at 11 a.m.

The raffle drawings for great prizes that includes a  Westport Winery Gift basket this year. Raffle tickets are $2 each. The raffle drawing will be held at 4 p.m. in McCausland Hall Raffle. You need not be present to win. Be sure that your phone number is on your ticket for contact if you can’t be present for the drawing.

Museum open

While you’re on the grounds, be sure to tour the Maritime Museum where you can explore several rooms on two floors in the former Cape Cod-style Coast Guard Station that depict early life on the South Beach, including the early days of community living, fishing, lumbering and cranberry farming.

Lighthouse lens building

The Destruction Island Lens Building also will be open, providing visitors an opportunity to examine a first order Fresnel lens up close and rotating. The museum and lens building will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 4.

Museum admission, which includes entry into the Destruction Island Lens Building, is $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. There is no charge for admission onto the grounds and access to the museum’s gift shop.

The Maritime Museum is located at 2201 Westhaven Drive. You can’t miss it —Just look for the giant 30-ft. by 50-ft. American flag flying proudly over the grounds.


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Annual Membership Meeting

We have sent out a Membership Edition Foghorn via e-mails and USPS that details proposed By-Laws changes as well as Elections. I am attaching it here as well. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.



Foghorn-2015 Mbrshp Edit 1

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Whats New

As Executive Director I am going to start adding regularly to our Blog on Happenings around the Museum, Lighthouse and Community. Please excuse typo’s and editing and likely some mistakes as I get this figured out.

Here we go….and I’d love to have people jump in as well. Feedback and comments welcome.




John Shaw

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Quarterly Membership Potluck Dinner

Westport South Beach Historical Society Quarterly Membership Potluck Meeting

To Be Held On: Wednesday, June 18th At 6PM
Location: McCausland Hall

Discussion topics to include 4th Of July event, proposed By-Law changes & Westport Centennial week of events.
Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available.

Westport Centennial Calendar of Events

June 26th 3 – 5 PM: Founder’s Day Reception in McCausland Hall
June 27th: noon – 3 PM Free Live Music on the grounds of the Maritime Museum in the Gazebo, The Lady Washington will be open for dock side tours 9 am – noon. Special showing & sale of the artwork of the late Elton Bennett throughout the entire weekend in the Lens Building from 10 am – 4 pm.
June 28th: Free Live Music at the Maritime Museum grounds gazebo, special events & displays, free hot dogs & soda from noon – 2 pm, a book signing from 1 pm – 3 pm by Ruth McCausland of her revised book Washington’s Westport with special sale price in McCausland Hall
June 29th: Fireside Chat/Skit 1 pm – 3 pm in McCausland Hall put on by a few Grayland Players.  Refreshments will be served.
See the full schedule of events at www.experiencewestport.com

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Executive Director

Westport South Beach Historical Society Executive Director

Job Description

The Executive Director of the Westport South Beach Historical Society (WSBHS) serves as the chief executive of the Westport Maritime Museum and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, and as such, is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, collections, partnerships, fund-raising, budgets, and external relations. This person plays a leading role, working closely with the Board of Directors and volunteer staff in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives.


The Executive Director shall submit an annual work plan to the Board of Directors for their approval at the beginning of each year. He or she shall be responsible for the daily operation of the Museum and Lighthouse.

Specific duties will include:

• Prioritizing schedules and determining the scope and content of work assignments for staff and volunteers.

• Provide staff and volunteer training.

• Recruit, hire, and manage, staff and volunteers.

• Provide project and event management; plan and coordinate activities.

• Represent WSBHS in the community, with other agencies, and at professional meetings & conferences.

• Oversees the preparation of orders for materials, equipment, and supplies essential to the operations of WSBHS.

• Attends monthly Board meetings of the WSBHS as a non-voting member and makes recommendations regarding museum and lighthouse policies, and carries out the directives of the Board.

• Plans future direction of the museum and lighthouse operations, making recommendations to the board.

• Prepares and administers the annual budget with input from the WSBHS Finance

Committee and oversees all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines.

• Researches funding sources and prepares grant proposals; administers grants received and prepares reports to funding agencies and assist in other fund raising activities directed by the Board.

• Plans and supervises development of interpretive exhibits.

• Prepares and distributes informational materials, including press releases and brochures.

• Presents lectures and programs to service organizations, school audiences, museum visitors, and professional organizations.

The Executive Director must interact effectively with many constituencies: students, participants, funders, members, school and civic organizations, and local and state units of government. He or she is expected to take a leadership role in monitoring public history trends and recommending appropriate programming to keep pace with a changing environment. This individual must be a pro-active, visible symbol of WSBHS.

The Executive Director must have a deep passion for preserving history and an enthusiasm for passing that ethic on to others.

Key issues and challenges for the Executive Directors in their first year include:

• Increasing local and regional public awareness of the unique mission and programming offered by WSBHS so that it is broadly recognized and attracts people to the museum and lighthouse as visitors, members, volunteers, and donors;

• Working with volunteer leaders to build the volunteer resources including strengthening local volunteer pool and revising the existing work camper program;

• Working with volunteer leaders and Board of Directors to further efforts to move forward on the Lighthouse Restoration;

• And analysis of current Museum and Lighthouse gift shop and admission operations to determine if operational improvements can reduce labor requirements while yielding better income opportunities and cost control.

• This position requires an outstanding leader with exceptional communication skills.

Excellent fundraising skills, a strong public presence, and enthusiasm for making the case for WSBHS to a variety of donors and partners. This individual must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a unified vision for what the Museum can and should do. The ability to articulate a vision must be combined with the drive to achieve results.


Physical and sensory requirements (with/without the aid of mechanical devices):

• Ability to ascend and descend to all levels of the museum and lighthouse

• Lift a minimum of 20 pounds & stand for long periods of time.

• Available to work weekends and evenings as needed with equal compensatory time.

Recognizing this is a seasonal operation which peaks June - August and shall require additional efforts during the high season.

Basic computer proficiency is required, including Microsoft Office skills (Word, Office,

Excel), use of and familiarity with email and social media, and general internet research abilities.

Written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare written documents including correspondence, grant proposals, press releases, marketing copy, and volunteer communications.

Budgeting, mathematical, and financial analytical skills sufficient to oversee the management of a $150,000 annual budget.

Desirable Abilities and Experience:

Ideally, he or she will have at least five years overall nonprofit experience as a leader or manager within a historical society, public museum, or a similar non-profit organization. Candidates who have not led an organization or have experience outside of the non-profit realm, but can demonstrate the above skills and a high potential to grow into this profile, will also be considered.

Success in this role requires moving the organization ahead while preserving those cultural qualities from which the organization has derived its success. The ideal candidate is a hands-on leader and motivator committed to fostering a positive and forward thinking environment.

To Apply For This Position:

Please include current resume when applying for this position.

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Go Seattle Seahawks

Check out our 12th man effort. Go Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Valentines Dinner 1944

RoseCome celebrate Westport’s history this Centennial Year with a Valentines Dinner in the Old Coast Guard station, WWII era. Review 1940’s era newspapers & books including: Cohasset Beach Chronicles, Company B & Washington’s Westport. Come and enjoy an Italian meal while listening to classic Big Band Swing & Boogie -Woogie music.

The dinner will include:

  • Caesar Salad
  • Bread Sticks
  • Linguini-Meatball & Sausage
  • Red Wine
  • Chocolate Treats
  • Rose for the lady
  • Box of chocolates to share

Event will be held at:

February 14th, 7PM @ McCauseland Hall
Westport Maritime Museum



Museum membership is required and ticket price for couples is $50.00. Service members in uniform ticket price is $25.00. Please call (360) 268-0078 to reserve your spot today.

New members between now and February 14th with a minimum of a Family membership ($40.00) get a free couples ticket. To get a new membership visit our Membership page or call us at (360) 268-0078.

Event presented by Cohasset/Westport Service Club, proceeds support Westport Maritime Museum.

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Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Project

Check out this new video we just uploaded about the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Project.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.

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Run 4 The Light Race Results Are Up

We are currently looking for a race director for the 2014 race on August 9th. Please call 360-268-0078

The Run 4 The Light race results have now been posted online. You can view them at www.westportmaritimemuseum.com/run4thelight/


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