A look back at Seaside’s past

Author Gloria Linkey presents a reading at the Seaside Library.

Delve into the history of Seaside on Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m. with local author Gloria Linkey. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Seaside Library and will take place in the Community Room. There will also be book sales and signings.

The town of Seaside isn’t very big. It boasts 6,500 full-time residents but gains an enormous boost in population every summer. Thousands flock to its beaches, restaurants, and art galleries.

In “A Town Called Seaside”, author and historian Gloria Linkey will be our tour guide as she takes us through Seaside’s origins as a summer resort town in the 1940s to the thriving tourist attraction the town has become today. Linkey’s research conjures up beautiful images of pre-World War II bygone days, where people walked the “Prom” in fine attire, and went to the state-of-the-art aquarium. Families could also spend an afternoon watching Lone Ranger serials at one of Seaside’s two movie houses as well as participating in a variety of events that befitted a summer destination.

While Linkey preserves Seaside’s past, she also demonstrates how the town has grown and changed for the better. She shows how city government and the Chamber of Commerce changed the town’s status from strictly a summer destination to a year round resort.

Linkey is a past president of the Seaside Museum and Historical society, and a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. She is the author of “Native American Women: Three Who Changed History” and “Abby Rescues Animals.”

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway. For more information call 503-738-6742 or visit www.seasidelibrary.org

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