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Champoeg State Heritage Area offers a double-pronged Saturday program that looks at area history

The Molalla Log House will be one topic of discussion during a program Saturday at Champoeg State Heritage Area.

There will be a pair of events at the Champoeg State Heritage Area on Saturday, Jan. 20, beginning at noon that may interest locals.

The Champoeg History Cache program will run from noon to 12:45 p.m. and focus on early French Canadian influences in the northwest and how it relates to the Molalla Log House.

After 10 years of study and research, the early builders of the Molalla Log House are still a mystery. Presenter Pam Hayden has been researching the possible origins of this very rare, old and highly crafted log building.

Although no documentation exists to explain the log house, the building craft and tradition may yield clues. The program will look at possible origins of the building.

Following that, from 1 to 2 p.m., local author Robert Foxcurrn will be on hand to talk about his new book.

Long before American mountain men of legend, the French had pushed far west and north, establishing trade and kin networks and communities across the continent.

"Songs Upon the Rivers," propels their story and that of the people engendered, their French lingua franca and their ways of life into the narrative of North American history where they belong.

Author and historian Robert Foxcurran will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book and discuss the French contribution to early American history.

Admission to the Champoeg State Heritage Area is free with a $5 per vehicle parking fee or state pass.

For more information check the website at www.oregonstateparks.org or contact Ranger Dan Klug at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-678-1251, ext. 222.

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