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Preserving Oregon's
Heritage & History

Leading efforts to enhance, assist and promote the Willamette Falls Heritage Area

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We manage Willamette Falls State Heritage Area

Our vision is to ensure the Heritage Area is a source of pride and prosperity, where visitors and residents experience the places, stories and abundance of culture and history.

Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition is committed to incorporating the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the governance and operations of our organization. We promote equity and diversity because it is our belief, we all grow stronger together when we understand our shared and unique heritage, respect our diverse traditions, cultures, and experiences.

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Explore Willamette Falls Heritage Area

01Learn more about Willamette Falls Heritage Area

The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition is leading efforts to enhance, assist and promote the Heritage Area.

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02Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area

The story in the Willamette Valley includes places where Native Americans lived, fished and traded.

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04Support Willamette Falls Heritage Area, Make a Donation Today

National Heritage Area status requires time, effort and money. Invest in us. Every gift counts!

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Latest News

West Linn Historical Society: History Without Walls Engages Community While Embracing Social Distancing

Join the West Linn Historical Society for two events this June. Provided by the West Linn Historic Society Take A Selfie With A Suffragette!  Suffrage Exhibit Schedule at West Linn Parks June 14th from 9-4 at Willamette Park Centennial Path June 21st from 9-4 at Mary S Young Park path in the woods June 28th… Read more ›

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Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute presents: “Lake Missoula Flood in northwest Oregon & southwest Washington”

Join Rick Thompson (president of the Lower Columbia chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute) on June 18th at 7 p.m. for a virtual ZOOM meeting on the Lake Missoula Flood in northwest Oregon & southwest Washington. “At the end of the Ice Age a deluge of 540 cubic miles of water burst through an… Read more ›

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The Tualatin Historical Society is looking for Tualatin residents past and present who served in the Armed Forces

The city of Tualatin is researching possible locations for a veteran’s memorial. They are looking for Tualatin residents to who have served or perhaps know a friend or family member from Tualatin who has. Below is the link for the survey. Results will be stored in the Tualatin Historical Society Archives. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VQV5WD5 Take this survey… Read more ›

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Local mill still turning out the paper

Below is a link to a wonderful article from Pamplin Media about the Willamette Falls Paper Co. continuing to work despite the pandemic. https://pamplinmedia.com/wlt/95-news/462608-375371-local-mill-still-turning-out-the-paper?fbclid=IwAR2kCT4FeogOPN2ty5N7VRViLGBNPdf68vJ4w7zOIoWuFhSgde1A3p_ctf8&wallit_nosession=1

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Heritage Happenings from Willamette Falls and Landings

A Home for Heritage Many of you know Willamette Falls & Landings Heritage Area Coalition (WFL) has been working to raise funds and awareness for the renovation of the Historic West Linn City Hall.  Our goal is to transform the vacant building into a Center for Heritage at the Gateway to the  Willamette Falls State… Read more ›

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Thank You Volunteers!

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! Join Willamette Falls & Landings Heritage Area Coalition us in thanking our dedicated volunteers! Volunteers provided 480 hours of service to our organization this fiscal year-to-date. Volunteers allowed us to welcome over 1,000 visitors to our event booth at community events from the Clackamas Co. Fair & Rodeo, to the West… Read more ›

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Half Century Business Awards- Change of Date

In the interest of Health & Safety and in keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order banning public gatherings The Half Century Business Awards are Postponed until Spring 2021. If these businesses have lasted 50 plus years we know they will be here in the Spring of 2021. We look forward to celebrating them at that… Read more ›

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Tribes to purchase Willamette Falls properties

 Here is exciting news from our Tribal Partner The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Congratulations to them on this Exciting New Venture! Two sections of riverfront property on Oregon City side would together consist of about 40 acres In addition to the nearly 23-acre “sacred” site at Willamette Falls, the coalition of local tribes also… Read more ›

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Live Music on Saturday nights at The Historic Butteville Store

The Historic Butteville Store features live music and dinner service on Saturday nights through September. Three course dinner and live music is $25 per person. Wine and beer available for purchase. Limited reservations available. Dinner seating begins at 6:00 PM. 10767 Butte Street NE, Aurora, OR 97002 View the music schedule here

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Willamette Falls National Heritage Area Feasibility Study

Willamette Falls Heritage Area America’s Western Beginnings – at the End of the Oregon Trail Click on the image to the right to access and read the entire Feasibility Study completed in July 2018

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Caution! High Water! An Archaelogical Investigation of the Champoeg Townsite

A Lecture with Cayla Hill May 18, 2019 1:00 – 2:30 pm Champoeg Park Visitor Center 8239 Champoeg Rd. NE St. Paul In 1861, the town of Champoeg disappeared in one night. We know what happened from recorded stories of townspeople and artifacts found in archaeological digs. Visiting Professor of Archaeology at Willamette University, Cayla… Read more ›

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The Uncertain Fate of the Canby Ferry

The Canby Ferry is not only a valuable commuter asset it is also a heritage asset. Willamette Falls Heritage Area urges all our friends to encourage Clackamas County to Continue to operate the Ferry for both its transportation and its heritage value. As we approach our National Heritage Area designation the Ferry is an integral… Read more ›

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