Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative

MISSION & Purpose

to explore, promote, and enhance the rich cultural heritage and natural history of the Tillamook Bay Region.

The Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative is a non-profit 501c3 organization formed to preserve and rehabilitate one of the most iconic cultural landmarks on the Tillamook Bay: the retired Tillamook Bay US Coast Guard Boathouse known as Pier’s End.. 

This pilot project guides the organization to examine possibilities for the Historic Boathouse while creating opportunities to share local maritime heritage, enrich the lives of residents and visitors, and encourage safe and sustainable enjoyment of the natural environment.

This is a community-based, volunteer effort and your support is most welcome; to get involved please contact us or join our GCHI Facebook group to stay connected!

board of directors

Our volunteer board is comprised of local educators, citizens, community leaders, and Port authorities who share a passion for promoting and preserving the heritage of our region in order to shape its future in a positive way.  Their leadership provides an avenue for expanding youth outdoor education programs, community-building activities, and workshops that teach about the local history, culture and modern industries shaping Oregon's coastal natural resources.

2017-18 term

Kristen Penner - President - Business owner/commercial fisher at North Coast Industries LLC  

Bruce Rhodes - Vice President - Executive Director at Tillamook Education Foundation, former Principal/Educator at Tillamook School District 9

Valerie Schumann - Secretary - Commercial Real Estate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW, Garibaldi Office.  Valerie also serves as a board member of the local Garibaldi Maritime Museum.

George Baker - Treasurer - Local citizen, Retired Contractor.

Valerie Folkema - Director/Port of Garibaldi Representative - President -  Port of Garibaldi Board of Commissioners, Business Owner at Garibaldi Marina

Michael Carlson - Director - Secretary, US Life Saving Station Heritage Association, Retired Physician/Surgeon

Clair Thomas - Director - Natural Resources Education Coordinator at Tillamook School District 9, Tillamook Watershed Council Member, board member at Friends of Netarts Bay, WEBS

Alan Evans - Director - Executive Director at Helping Hands Re-Entry Outreach

Gary Nothstein - Director - Project Manager, Ocean Gold Seafoods

William Tripp - Director - William C. Tripp Architect, Portland OR