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Champoeg opens adult programs

History -- Four new programs, aimed at seniors, will teach about area's rich heritage

Champoeg State Heritage Area, a frequent destination for busloads of Oregon school children to learn about the state's past, is offering guided programs for adults, too, beginning this October.

The heritage area, located just southwest of Wilsonville, is one of Oregon's most significant historical landmarks. From a meeting place for Kalapuya Indians, to a French-Canadian trapper rendezvous point and the site of the first gristmill in the Willamette Valley, Champoeg exemplifies Oregon's rich Native American and pioneer history.

The Friends of Historic Champoeg are offering four hands-on programs for adults to learn all about the site's rich history, collectively titled 'Champoeg Legacy,' beginning with two programs offered this fall and winter.

One program, called 'Archaeology and Preservation: Discovering Past Treasures and Preserving Your Own,' focuses on the archeological process used to unearth, record and understand the many artifacts found at the site. The other program, called 'The Fascinating Stories of Everyday Lives: Preserving our Heritage Through Written and Oral History,' features costumed storytellers sharing tales from Champoeg's past.

Each program, held at the Heritage Area's Visitors Center, is two hours long and costs $5. There is also a $3 parking fee at the Heritage area. A group rate of $100 is also available for groups of up to 25.

For specific program times, visit www.champoeg.org. Or, you can contact Friends of Champoeg at 503-678-1649.