Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins History present…

Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville Old Church

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. event

Free

All ages welcome

About Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Presented by: Tyrone Marshall, Professor of Theatre Arts, Linfield College and Brenda DeVore Marshall, Professor of Theatre & Communication Arts, Linfield College

Pacific City is home to one of the most unusual fishing fleets in the world. Fishermen and women have launched dories (flat-bottomed boats) through the surf at Cape Kiwanda since the early 1900s. Although major commercial fishing from the dories has given way to robust recreational activity, the dory fishermen and women remain an integral part of the traditional lore and contemporary life of the community for residents and tourists alike. In 2011, Linfield students and faculty began documenting the history of the Pacific City dory fleet to preserve a part of Oregon’s past and present. The collection of narratives and images tells the story of the fleet in the words of those who know it best – the anglers and the wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, fish buyers and boat builders who support them. To date more than 100 dory fishers have been interviewed This lecture features an overview of the project, a brief survey of historical highlights, stories of Yamhill County connections to the dory fleet, as well as panels from a traveling exhibit and excerpts from the interviews.

Photo credit: “Mike Dixon landing in his dory, the Native Son,” courtesy of Tyrone Marshall.

About Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp