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Oregon Experience: Astoria explores the multifaceted history of this city, tracking the economic ups and downs through the decades, and finding out where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.

Special Screening

Join us for a special pre-broadcast screening of "Astoria."


Where: Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria

When: Friday, February 6, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


This screening is free and open to the public.


"Astoria" premieres Monday, February 9 at 9 p.m. on OPB TV.

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