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WHC Calendar

Keep an eye on our calendar to learn about upcoming events and classes at the Willamette Heritage Center.

33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center's annual Sheep to Shawl festival is back for its 33rd year. The event is FREE for guests of all ages, and celebrates the wool production process with live demonstrations, music, children's activities, animals, and more. Learn more at

Oregon Trail Live™ #7 @ Willamette Heritage Center
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oregon Trail Live™ #7

Team competes in the Civil War Fort building challenge at Oregon Trail Live in 2017

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Remember getting a pass from math class to play the old computer game “Oregon Trail”? The WHC is proud to bring the classic game (but not math class!) to life in our competitive event, Oregon Trail Live! OTL challenges teams of contestants to confront the difficulties of the Oregon Trail (as portrayed by the video game), from carrying 200 pounds of meat to running the rapids. Winner of the Outstanding Museum Educator award from the Oregon and California Trails Association and supported by the computer game’s developer, Oregon Trail Live provides a unique and fun way to learn about the Oregon Trail—while avoiding that dreaded fate of death by dysentery!

In this fun live-action game, teams compete in a variety of challenges across the Willamette Heritage Center's five-acre campus. Challenges often include (with new ones added regularly) a three-legged dysentery race, caulking your wagons, hunting for game, and more! At the end, we find out who the best (and most ill-fated) pioneers were in the award ceremony! This is a wonderful event for all ages.

OTL serves as an excellent educational opportunity by making history accessible, memorable, and FUN! Gather your family, friends, coworkers - anyone! - and test your pioneering skills at the Willamette Heritage Center. Grab a cold drink and some food in Miss Milly's Saloon & Arm Wrestling Emporium after your finish the "grueling" trek from Independence, Missouri and home to Oregon!

Stay tuned - team registrations will open in early summer 2018!

Wedding & Event Show at the Willamette Heritage Center @ Willamette Heritage Center
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Wedding & Event Show at the Willamette Heritage Center is the perfect opportunity to explore a variety of Mid-Valley vendors in one convenient location. Representatives from regional venues, caterers, photographers, boutiques, florists, and more will be in attendance, and a fashion show will showcase some of the hottest trends in bridal and bridesmaid attire.

Admission is just $5, and includes an opportunity to win a FREE Dye House rental.

Vendor spaces are still available. To inquire, email Tammy King-Headings at, or visit

2018 Fall Gala & Heritage Awards @ Willamette Heritage Center
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for our largest fundraiser of the year, the annual Fall Gala! Now combined with the Heritage Awards, the Fall Gala is guaranteed to be a fantastic night of fun and history with a catered dinner, drinks, a live auction, an entertaining program, and the presentation of prestigious awards to Mid-Valley individuals and organizations.

Tickets will be available soon. Save the date and stay tuned for details!