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McLoughlin House featured on National Park Service Centennial Day, Aug. 27

Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service on a free Centennial Day event taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the McLoughlin House, 713 Center Ave., in Oregon City.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - McLoughlin Memorial Association volunteers Denyse McGriff (left) and Joan Williams don period costumes in staffing a booth at the First City Festival on July 23.The National Park Service was founded on Aug. 25, 1916, and the McLoughlin House, as a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, is one of the special cultural and natural places being celebrated on Centennial Day.


Justine Hanrahan, a park guide with the National Park Service, will help lead tours every hour from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and costumed interpreters representing members of the McLoughlin family will perform a short vignette for the public after each tour.

“The vignettes are set in August of 1850, and visitors will hear about current events in 1850 from the perspective of the McLoughlin family,” Hanrahan said, adding that McLoughlin Memorial Association trustees and National Park Service staff will lead the tours.

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“National Park Service sites across the country this week are celebrating 100 years of service while kicking off a second century of stewardship,” Hanrahan said.

“These special events recognize our accomplishments in preservation and education over the past 100 years and showcase what makes our National Parks important to the communities that visit them,” she noted.

In addition to Oregon City’s McLoughlin House, Fort Vancouver will host events at three sites, including reconstructed Fort Vancouver, the Vancouver Barracks and Pearson Air Museum‚ Hanrahan added, “National Parks belong to all of us. Be a part of this historic milestone and learn why the McLoughlin House is significant to American history.”