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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Black Point Petroglyphs in Basalt Rock, Oregon City.

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Clackamas County Historical Society will offer free evening classes on the history of Oregon City, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. The classes will be held Thursdays at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City.

The course, titled “The City at Willamette Falls: A 3,000 Year History,” is a three-term, tuition-free, open enrollment course for adults.

Taught by Jim Tompkins, each of the 30, one-hour sessions is a stand-alone lesson. With no grades or assignments, regular attendance is not required.

Students are welcome to come and go as they please, taking holiday breaks aligned with local school calendars.

A schedule of historical topics will be distributed in advance.

The course is based on Tompkins’ unpublished anecdotal history of Oregon City by the same name.

Tompkins is president of the Northwest Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and has taught for multiple school districts and colleges in his 45-year career, including Portland State University’s Continuing Education and Clackamas Community College’s Adult Education programs.

Author of several books and journal articles on the settlement of Oregon, Tompkins was distinguished as 1990 Oregon History Teacher of the Year.

Each session will include optional handouts of historic images for students to take home, for which there is a materials charge of $2 per class or $15 per semester.

Classes end with ample question-and-answer opportunities.

For a schedule of topics and to register, call 503-655-5574 or visit clackamashistory.org.

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