Oregon City history lovers to be treated to free events
Rivers of Life Center and Oregon City's Two Rivers Neighborhood Association are hosting two free events for history and heritage enthusiasts from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, and noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Jerry Herrmann, one of the guides, said the Nov. 23 event will discuss the many historical landmarks that can be seen from Oregon City's McLoughlin Promenade. Bryon Boyce, another local naturalist and amateur botanist, will discuss the wildflowers still blooming along the bluff, which was the work of youth in the city.
Boyce said, "This very stressed environment, where open rock is the dominant feature, is the perfect material for wildflowers to become established. Already, people are enjoying the 2,000-foot walk that celebrates where the youth planted wildflowers of many varieties."
Historic figures important in Oregon's history include Gov. Tom McCall, who cared for the Willamette River, and his relationship with naturalist benefactor and banker David Rockefeller. McCall's 1970 preservation efforts on the Willamette inspired folk singer Pete Seeger to take on the cleanup of the East Coast's Hudson River, Herrmann said.
The Nov. 30 event will center on Clackamette Cove, its nearby association with the Clackamas River, historic rapids and settlements. On that venture, historian/chef Wayne Philen will discuss how natives and early pioneers accessed plants, fisheries and foods from that area to sustain them in their journeys. In his cooking, Philen has promoted the use of native plants, freshwater clams, mussels, salmon and steelhead.
Registration is requested for specific start locations by calling 503-260-3432.
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