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Champoeg event explores a soldier's life, archaeology and beaver trapping

News Release: March 5, 2013​

St. Paul OR - The final installment in the Champoeg History Cache program series will take place 12:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in the Visitor Center auditorium at Champoeg State Heritage Area. The series is presented by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) in association with the Friends of Historic Champoeg and features live demonstrations and interpretive talks on the people, crafts, and tools of the Willamette Valley during the early 19th and 20th centuries.

The program will feature the following presentations in order:

  • At noon, local outdoorsman Shaun Deller will provide a demonstration of historical beaver trapping techniques and tools.
  • At 1:00 p.m., OPRD ranger Matt Huerter will provide a "living history" portrayal of a Fort Yamhill soldier in the late 1850s.
  • At 2:00 p.m., ranger Dan Klug will deliver a talk on the archaeology of the area entitled Champoeg: Destroyed by Flood, Preserved in Time.

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 http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_113.php or call (503) 678-1251. For more information about the Friends of Historic Champoeg, visit http://www.champoeg.org.