The Beeswax Wreck : The First European Shipwreck on the Northwest Coast

A public presentation by archaeologist Scott S. Williams

Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at Noon [stevenl note: I'm assuming it lasts an hour]

State Capital Museum and Outreach Center, 211 - 21st Ave. SW, Olympia

(360) 753-2580

Sometime in the late 17th century a Manila Galleon, carrying tons of beeswax and other cargo destined for the colonies of New Spain, wrecked on the Oregon coast near Nehalem Spit. Clatsop Indian oral histories tell of the shipwreck and its survivors. Over time the Indians incorporated the cargo into their trading and daily lives. This presentation by Scott S. Williams (Cultural Resources Program manager at WSDOT) will discuss on-going investigations to locate the mysterious wreck and document it.

This public program is part of the "Adventures in Northwest History and Archaeology" series at the State Capital Museum.

Admission to each lecture is $2.

You are welcome to bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.