Champoeg State Heritage Area Presents Winter Series on Local History and Crafts

In partnership with the Friends of Historic Champoeg, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present “Champoeg History Cache,” a series of interpretive talks and demonstrations on the lives of the native peoples, settlers, and traders on the Willamette River. The programs will be offered January 26, February 23, and March 16 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Champoeg State Heritage Area visitor center.

The first program in the series, entitled “Survival, Subsistence, and Transition at Early Champoeg,” will take place Saturday, January 26. It will feature the following presentations in order:

* a talk on Kalapuya culture and society by Dr. Leland Gibson, a retired archaeologist with the state of Oregon;
* a talk on common trade beads used in the American fur trade by Dale Coleman, co-founder of the Echoes in Time workshops on early living skills;
* a demonstration of tools and techniques used by early settlers at Champoeg by Brian Keechle, an accomplished woodworker;
* a demonstration of stone pigments and their decorative applications on stone, rawhide, and wood by Goode Jones, another co-founder of the Echoes in Time workshops.

Each presentation will last for 40 minutes with a 20-minute break in between; visitors can attend one or all of the presentations. Admission is free with payment of the $5 day-use parking fee or an annual State Parks pass.

Champoeg State Heritage Area also features hiking and biking trails, disc golf, a historic farmstead and garden, and a store dating back to the 1860s. The Heritage Area is located off OR-219 seven miles east of Newberg, 27 miles south of Portland. For directions and additional information, visit or call (503) 678-1251. For more information about the Friends of Historic Champoeg, visit

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