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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.

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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 & Events

West Linn Radio Hour: Saturday, March 16, 7 pm

Join us in the West Linn of 1956! KWL – The West Linn Radio Hour: A Live Theatrical Performance! Presented by West Linn Historical Society Saturday, March 16, 7:00 pm at Youth Music Project’s Meteor Lounge: 2015 8th Ave. West Linn Segments include: Roundup of the News – West Linn History on Parade – “As… Read more ›

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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 ›

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Tonko, McKinley Introduce Bill to Strengthen National Heritage Areas System

Bipartisan legislation backed by 60+ members establishes process for designating, evaluating and maintaining National Heritage Areas across the U.S. WASHINGTON – Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) announced today that they have introduced the National Heritage Area Act of 2019, backed by a bipartisan group of 60 total cosponsors. This bill establishes, for… Read more ›

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Heritage Talk: Status of Willamette Falls Locks – An Update

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Doors open at 5:00 pm – Talk begins at 5:30 pm – FREE!!! Oregon City Elks Lodge – Ballroom – 610 McLoughlin Blvd. Food & Libations available for donation Get the Latest on the Locks from the Experts!History of Locks – Sandy CarterCorps Disposition Study – Jeff Hicks, USACELocks Commission Update –… Read more ›

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From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts – A Historical Fashion Tea

The West Linn Historical Society and the Friends of McLean House Park and House present a historical fashion show and tea event.  The event will include a catered afternoon tea and a fashion show.  Advance tickets are required.   More information and purchase tickets here Saturday, March 2, 2019 At 11am and 2pmMcLean House – 5350… Read more ›

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Ignite West Linn – History on Fire

Sunday, January 27 at 4:30 pm at Willamette Ale & Cider House1720 Willamette Falls Dr., West Linn West Linn Historical Society invites you to Ignite West Linn – History on Fire. Ignite talks are rapid and engaging five minute presentations using just 20 slides that automatically move forward every 15 seconds. Come support our local experts on… Read more ›

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Old City Hall tour with WFHAC and staff from City of West Linn

It takes a village. Staff from the City of West Linn and members of Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition took a joint walk through the Old West Linn City Hall. As you can see from the original windows and woodwork this place has great bones! Thanks to the City Council snd all of your support… Read more ›

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Work begins for future waterfront cultural center

Jon Gustafson (left) President of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition signs the Letter of Intent with John Williams (right) Deputy City Manager/Community Development Director for the City of West Linn. The City and Coalition are committed to sharing resources to establish a Cultural Center for Arts, Heritage & Tourism at the site. West Linn… Read more ›

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WFHAC seeks deal to make old city hall a cultural center

November 21, 2018 – Patrick Malee Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition estimated that the City would have to contribute about $300,000 for its end of the renovations. Representatives from the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition (WFHAC) made their intentions clear when they appeared before the West Linn City Council Nov. 13 to discuss the City’s… Read more ›

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Free Heritage Talk – Thursday, October 18, 5 pm

A River Connects Us:  Whiskey Whoppers:  Ewing Young Distillery & The Story of Ewing Young – One of Oregon’s Earliest Distillers Free Heritage Talk with Doug & Beverly Root from Ewing Young Distillery Thursday, October 18, 2018 Ewing Young Distillery 18715 NE Hwy 240 Newberg, OR MAP Join us for a free talk by Doug… Read more ›

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Free Heritage Talk – Thursday, September 20, 6 pm

A River Connects Us: Tribal Agricultural Practices in the Willamette Valley from ancient times to modern day Free Heritage Talk with Chris Bailey & Briece Edwards of the Grand Ronde Tribe Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00 pm Willamette Ale & Cider House 1720 Willamette Falls Drive – West Linn MAP Join us for a free… Read more ›

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A ‘uniquely Oregon’ heritage

Trivia question: How many of the United States’ 49 National Heritage Areas can be found on the West Coast? Designated by Congress and overseen by the National Parks Service, National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are “places where historic, cultural and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes.” So, at first glance, one would likely… Read more ›

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