History comes alive at Champoeg on Saturday
Champoeg State Heritage Area will host "Champoeg History Cache 2017" with a pair of events set for Jan. 28. Development of early Oregon agricultural economy is the theme of the event, which will be held in the park's auditorium.
First off, Interpretive Park Ranger Daniel Klug will present a talk on the use of tobacco in the fur trade. The talk, set for noon to 12:45 p.m., will look at the use of tobacco by Native Americans and its role as a trade or bartered good from Hudson's Bay stores to trappers and traders in the field. The discussion will extend to the many uses of the plant beyond smoking.
Ben Williams, president of the Friends of Historic Butteville, will provide a historical overview of Butteville, the primary river port town on the upper Willamette River in the second half of the 1800s, from 1 to 2 p.m. His talk will cover the town's history, its role in agriculture on the French Prairie, how it became the center of Oregon's hop industry for many years, and its transition to a sleepy little town on the river in the 20th century.