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Champoeg State Heritage Area
Memorial Pavilion


Begins: 05/04/2019 at 10:00 AM
Ends: 05/04/2019 at 3:00 PM


Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the 176 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 the memorial pavilion since 1901. This will be a full day’s event from 10:00 am till 3:00pm. Activities will include reenacted fur trappers camp. At 1:00 pm there will be a solemn ceremony to honor the 52 men with a combined VFW and police color guard quest speakers, honored descendants and a reading of a roll call of honor followed by a rifle salute. Afterwards there will be light refreshments, a group photo and an opportunity for folks to meet. The event will culminate at 3:00pm . This event is free with your purchase of a $5 day use or annual park pass.