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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 & Events

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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Champoeg State Heritage Area Founder’s Day Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 2019 1:00 – 2:30 pm Champoeg Park-Memorial Pavilion 8239 Champoeg Rd. NE St. Paul Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the 175 anniversary Founders’ Day Celebration honoring the 52 men who, in 1843, voted for the first provisional government west of the Mississippi River. Founders Day has been held at Champoeg at… Read more ›

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Heritage Talk – Written in Stone: Discoveries in Clackamas County’s Historical Cemeteries

A River Connects Us Written in Stone: Discoveries in Clackamas County’s Historical Cemeteries with Charlotte Lehan Thursday, May 16, 2019 Doors open at 5 pm Talk begins at 5:30 pm Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center 29353 SW Town Center Loop East Join us for a FREE Heritage Talk with Charlotte Lehan and learn about… Read more ›

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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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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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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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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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National Parks on board with Willamette Falls Heritage Area

Even a roaring waterfall couldn’t have drowned out the cheers from Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition (WFHAC) members in mid-May when they received formal word from the National Parks Service that their feasibility study met all of the criteria for a National Heritage Area designation. “This is huge,” WFHAC Executive Director Siobhan Taylor said. “It’s… Read more ›

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