(2013) Champoeg History Cache series focuses on local history and crafts (2013)


Champoeg Cache series trade beads

Trade beads

Champoeg State Heritage Area plays host to a series of interpretive talks and demonstrations on the lives of the native peoples, settlers and traders on the Willamette River. Mark your calendars for Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. All of the presentations will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium. The series is presented in partnership with the Friends of Historic Champoeg.

The first program, “Survival, Subsistence and Transition at Early Champoeg,” takes place Saturday, Jan. 26, and features:

  • a talk on Kalapuya culture and society by Dr. Leland Gilsen, a retired archaeologist with the state of Oregon;
  • a talk on common 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 40 minutes with a 20-minute break in between; visitors can attend one or all of the presentations.  Admission is free. Day-use parking is $5 or you can buy a 12-month Oregon State Parks parking permit for $30 at the Visitor Center.

Champoeg State Heritage Area (park information, driving directions and map)
Friends of Historic Champoeg

Champoeg Cache series mortar and pestle

Mortar and pestle

Posted on January 3, 2013, in state parks and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hello! Is this suitable for ages 5 – 7? Thanks!

    • The sessions are 40 minutes each with demonstrations and is generally recommended for older children and adults. However, your children might enjoy the information if they like history. Champoeg hosts another event on Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with a costumed interpreter. He will tell stories about the lives of the Kalapuya, French-Canadian fur trappers and American settlers.

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