Walk into the lives of the Kalapuya Indians, French Canadian fur trappers and American settlers, and experience their world for a brief moment at the Founders’ Day celebration at Champoeg State Heritage Area. This event will take place on Saturday May 4, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. near the Pavilion.

While walking along an easy, scenic one-mile trail, visitors will stop at five living history stations and interact with characters from the past. They will see a trapper encampment, engage in daily life of the 1850s at the original town site, hear tales of the harrowing flood that wiped the town of Champoeg off the map, and join in the first Founders’ Day celebration of 1901 – the event that commemorates the first government in the Pacific Northwest.

“There’s something for everyone at this year’s celebration – stories, activities, music and refreshments,” said Corinne Flake, Public Programming Coordinator. Live music will be performed by The Traditions, an acoustic old time band.
The event is free with the purchase of a $5 day parking permit or Oregon State Parks annual parking permit. For more information, contact Corinne Flake at 503-678-1649 or events@champoeg.org.