Celebration of history: Discover what life was like near Silver Falls

July 2013 Posted in Arts, Culture & History
Logging events are some of the activities during Historic Silver Falls Day.

Logging events are some of the activities during Historic Silver Falls Days.

By Mary Owen

Spins some yarn – both kinds, story and wool – at the fourth annual Historic Silver Falls Days at Silver Falls State Park.

The event is 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 in the South Falls Historic District.

“Our goal is to bring a feel of what early life in the Silver Falls area was like,” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, the event sponsor along with Silver Falls State Park.

“The Mount Angel Historic Society has a new museum display for us this year. They will have a display about the history of the town and of some of the early settlers in Mount Angel.”

Historic Silver Falls Day is a celebration of history that includes attractions such as demonstrations of antique logging tools, flint knapping, basketry, old-fashioned family games, and listening to historical tales “well told,” organizers said.

Historic Silver Falls Days
Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14
10 to 4 p.m.South Falls Historic District

Admission to the event is free.A day-use permit
is required to park at Silver Falls State Park.
Visitors can purchase a one-day permit for
$5 or an annual permit for $30.

For information, call
503-581-4155 or 503-875-0201.

“Folks really enjoy the old-fashioned games and the miniature canoe race over the falls each day,” Nelson said. “For us who are involved in putting this on, we really enjoy seeing people have fun with the various venues.”

Nelson loves watching the expressions on kids’ faces at the games or loggers demonstrating “actually sawing the logs with antique equipment,” she said.

“Folks seeing the great display of antique cars in the lovely setting we have them in are also fun to watch,” she added.

Displays by area historical societies and The Forest History Center will take place in the historic South Falls Lodge.

The Forest History Center will display artifacts of the Civilian Conservation Corps and a list of thousands of names of the 80,000 men who serve in the CCC in Oregon.

Artifacts from the early days of Silver Falls State Park will also be on display in the historic Combination Building.

A miniature canoe race each day will celebrate Al Faussett’s 1928 canoe trip over the South Falls.

Visitors can also enjoy a film presentation about Al Faussett and participate in guided walks about wildflowers and the geological history of the park.

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