BANDON - Author H.S. Contino will introduce her most recent book, "Shipwrecks of Curry County" in a program Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Bandon Historical Society Museum, 270 Fillmore Ave. S.E., Bandon.
The author will be on hand at the museum from 1-4 p.m. and will give a spoken presentation at 2 p.m. Admission will be free.
Contino also wrote the book "Shipwrecks of Coos County." Her presentation will be rich in photographs and full of stories about local shipwrecks.
The Bandon Museum has an extensive collection of maritime photographs and objects. Contino drew on resources from the local museum’s collection for both of her shipwreck books.
“Among mariners, the Oregon coast has the reputation of being dangerous to navigate. Hundreds of ships of varying sizes have run into trouble along the Curry County coastline over the years. One of the earliest known wrecks was a Russian whaling ship that stranded near Port Orford in the 1830s,” writes Contino in the introduction to her book.
The local author worked at the Coos History Museum before taking her current job at the North Bend Public Library. Contino’s books will be available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop during the event.
“Hannah brings a world of knowledge with her and we always learn more about our maritime history when she comes to our museum. She’s fun to listen to and is tireless about answering questions,” said museum board president Jim Proehl.
The Bandon Historical Museum is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Fillmore Ave. in Bandon. Regular museum hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.