Mobile Full Width Tablet Small Desktop

Preserving Oregon's
Heritage & History

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

Learn More ›

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.

Learn More ›

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.

Learn More ›

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.

Learn More ›

04Support Willamette Falls Heritage Area, Make a Donation Today

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

Learn More ›

Latest News

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 ›

Learn More ›

Shawash-ili?i: Grand Ronde Connections to the Willamette Valley

On April 28th at 6 p.m. at the Canby public library learn about how the people of Grand Ronde lived throughout western Oregon prior to their relocation. After surviving through the trauma that included relocation and termination, the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde are thriving and re-establishing their connections to their homelands. Learn about the… Read more ›

Learn More ›

Lake Missoula Floods: The Ice Age Oregon Trail

Join Rick Thompson at the Canby Public library on March 24th at 6 p.m.  to go on a visual journey with photos, LIDAR, and maps to show us what the pioneers saw as they traveled along the flood channels carved long before they arrived.

Learn More ›

Gathering Lamprey at Willamette Falls

Due to everyone’s health and well being, this event will be canceled until further notice.  Join us at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (1726 Washington St. Oregon City) for a free Heritage Talk with Kamiah Koch and learn about her experience gathering lamprey at Willamette Falls as a Tribal member. Doors open… Read more ›

Learn More ›

Preserve our Past: Art and Poetry Contest

Here is a wonderful event helping kick off National Historic Preservation month in May! Calling all Poets and Artists ages 11-18. Here is a chance for you to win $150 and get your art or poetry featured in the Oregon City Trail News. Second place gets $100 and third place gets $50. All you have… Read more ›

Learn More ›

Clackamas County Historical Society, Silent Art Auction Collaboration

Clackamas County Historical Society is teaming with Art in Oregon for a special silent art auction event! On Friday, January 17 at 6:30 PM join us for a preview of available art pieces donated by local artists (tickets $25). The silent online bidding process begins at this time. Guests may peruse artwork while enjoying appetizers and a complimentary beverage courtesy of Sugar Street Bakery… Read more ›

Learn More ›

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 ›

Learn More ›

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

Learn More ›

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

Learn More ›

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 ›

Learn More ›

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 ›

Learn More ›

Philip Foster Farm looking for History Buffs!

Wanted: History Buffs! Maintenance Staff: Do you have skills for lawn, garden, and building maintenance, and the ability to work cheerfully around guests? Philip Foster Farm seeks to hire a part-time, seasonal worker to maintain our site. Flexible hours. Volunteers: Age 12 and up (younger with parent). Choose your days/hours and come be a pioneer… Read more ›

Learn More ›

Upcoming Events

Shawash-ili?i: Grand Ronde Connections to the Willamette Valley

Apr 28, 2020 to Apr 28, 2020

Learn how the people of Grand Ronde lived throughout western Oregon prior to their relocation. After surviving through the trauma that included relocation and termination, the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde are thriving and re-establishing their connections to their homelands. Learn about the ties that the first people of Oregon have to Canby and the… Read more ›

Learn More ›

Inaugural CCHC Dine Out / Shop Out for History Event

May 11, 2020 to May 17, 2020

Help Clackamas County Heritage Council raise funds for history in Clackamas County. Member organizations are asked to help contact restaurants and businesses for a Dine Out / Shop Out event.

Learn More ›