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Learn about what life was like in the French Prairie region more than a century and a half ago

OREGON STATE PARKS - Champoeg State Park highlights a site that is rich in Oregon history., Woodburn Independent - News

What was life like for 19th-century Oregon farmers on the French Prairie? Champoeg State Heritage Area Park Ranger Dan Klug invites visitors to the site from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, to learn about this time in Oregon history.

Volunteer staff in period clothing will demonstrate the skills, trades and games of the 1800s. The event includes stories of the era and children's games popular at the time.

Attractions include demonstrations from a blacksmith, tinsmith, carpenter and woodworker. Visitors will also learn about the medicinal plants gathered or raised in family gardens and watch the techniques of lacemaking and cooking without electricity.

There will also be live music by Heart Strings in the Champoeg threshing barn.

The event is free. Parking is $5 with a daily permit purchased at the park, or with a 12- or 24-month parking permit. For information, contact Klug at 503-678-1251 ext 222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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