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2019-20 LECTURE - 02/20/20

Thursday, February 20, 2020

John Anderson, Beachcombing Museum, Forks, WA

"Extreme Beachcombing"

John Anderson, owner and curator of the Beachcombing Museum in Forks, will talk about the how and why of beachcombing in remote areas.


John Anderson was born and raised in Forks, Washington. John has always had a passion for the beaches of the Northwest. In 1976 he went beachcombing with a friend for glass floats and was hooked on beachcombing. His take from the beach expanded over time to include anything useful or colorful and eventually included just about anything that washes up on our shores. Retiring in 2013 after 40 years as the town’s only plumber, he turned his plumbing shop into a museum and opened to the public in 2014. The museum has everything from glass floats to a 20 million year old mammoth tooth, notes from bottles, art made from debris, bottles of every sort, buoys, a Japanese tsunami display, and even an alien on a bicycle. The acre surrounding the museum is covered with thousands of buoys and boats and sculptures. You can’t miss the 40-foot-tall Monument to Beachcombing from the highway. Traveling the world beachcombing has brought some different items to the museum. Married to his wife Debbie for 40 years, John has two sons, Patrick and Steven, and they all enjoy getting out on the beach and collecting and creating.

$10 Admission at the door each Thursday evening. $50 season tickets available at Coastal Interpretive Center or at the first two lectures.

Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, 6:30 p.m.