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McLoughlin House hosts cosy games, underwear encore

The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has announced a fun-filled Heritage Holiday Celebration this year on Saturday Dec. 1, including family-friendly activities such as period music, parlor games, crafts and storytelling.

The house will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. as part of Oregon City's Heritage Holidays event so visitors can come and celebrate the holidays, 1850s style! The McLoughlin House and grounds will be lit by candlelight to chase away the winter gloom, while inside the McLoughlin House living history interpreters will be telling stories and answering questions. Try your hand at a parlor game, once popular in nineteenth century America, or learn about ribbon flowers.

Next door at the Barclay House, period music and stories will be featured. It was long tradition during the dark nights of winter for scary stories to be told, especially during the holidays.

"The house really has a special glow when lit by candlelight," said Tracy Hill, the McLoughlin Memorial Association coordinator, "we all look forward to sharing this piece of history with our visitors."

"This event is a great way to experience the McLoughlin House during the evening," said Heidi Pierson, who oversees the site for the National Park Service, "Normally we see the house empty and are asked to imagine the family that once lived there, but having the house filled with people makes it feel more like a home."

On its last open day of the year, Saturday Dec. 15, the house will host an encore performance of "From the Inside Out" a lecture on Victorian undergarments by Marge Harding at 1:30 p.m.




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