Join the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins this Monday, March 28 for the latest installment of History Pub, your chance to learn some local history while enjoying a couple pints! The topic of this month’s presentation is Power vs. Fish on the Columbia: Building a Hydropower System and the Death of Celilo Falls
For over 12,000 years, the Columbia River was a vital trade route connecting the Plateau Tribes and supplying the sacred salmon. Celilo Falls was one of the largest fishing sites and trade gathering areas for indigenous people. Then, in 1949, federal, state, and local authorities made choices about developing the Columbia River that brought great changes, affecting both culture and landscape.
Celilo Falls was submerged on March 10, 1957 after construction of The Dalles Dam.
Independent scholar and craftsperson Pat Courtney Gold, a Wasco Native whose ancestors lived along the Columbia River for more than 12,000 years, will be speaking, as well as Portland State University professor William L. Lang, author and editor of books on Pacific Northwest history and editor-in-chief of the Oregon Encyclopedia.