New version created for West Linn's centennial

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GLEN BLEDSOE - Volunteers of all ages and skills are needed for this years Willamette Living History Tour, which commemorates West Linn's centennial.Tickets for the new “Evening in Willamette 1913 Living History Tour” in West Linn are on sale now. As the ticket purchase website recently went active, tours are selling out quickly.

Organizers anticipate the entire tour will be sold out at least a month in advance.

Started in 2008, the Willamette Living History Tour is a live theatrical production recreating life in the town of Willamette in West Linn. Tour guides lead guests through the Willamette’s National Registry historic district and into houses to visit scenes of life from a century ago. A group of dedicated volunteers creates this annual tour each year on the third Saturday of September.

“With the new script and new scenes, the appeal for the 2013 tour has been overwhelming,” said Danny Schreiber, Willamette Living History Tour producer. “We have been getting calls about tickets since January and, just as in past years, we expect all of the tours to be filled by August.”

The tour date for 2013 is Sept. 21. The first tour departs at 7 p.m. and tours continue every 15 minutes until the last tour departs at 9 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 each and are available online only at the Willamette Living History Tour website (

As a part of the centennial celebration of the incorporation of West Linn, the Willamette Living History Tour producers commissioned a new script based in the year 1913.

This year’s tour will provide guests the experience of life in the 1913 town of Willamette. With the founding of the new town of West Linn, the year 1913 was a challenging time for the small town of Willamette and the annexation of Willamette by West Linn was a real possibility.

Other big events that will be depicted during the tour this year include women’s movement to ban alcohol in Oregon, the successful flights of early aviators in the Portland area and challenges to the original vote in 1908 that lead to Willamette’s incorporation.

As ticket sales continue, producers and organizers are turning their attention to finding 85 volunteer actors, re-enactors, guides and interpreters to fill the roles of this massive production.

“With help from the popularity of the period drama ‘Downton Abbey,’ we have had a great amount of interest in participating with the tour this year,” Schreiber said. “We now have to turn that interest into an actual cast and help everyone learn their lines.”

Producers are looking for all ages and experience levels to be a part of the cast this year. Anyone interested in further details should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GLEN BLEDSOE - Go back in time to 1913 and learn about West Linn at its inception at the Willamette Living History Tour.

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