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Prize winning quilt by Oregon quilter Ken Hegge titled "How Far Willamette?"
Prize winning quilt by Oregon quilter Ken Hegge titled "How Far Willamette?" commemorating the Oregon Trail Celebration in 1993. From the online collection Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978- 1996.


The collections of the American Folklife Center include significant holdings of materials documenting Native American traditions in the state of Oregon. Represented in its recordings are the following tribal groups: Clackamas, Kalapuya, Shasta, Tututni, Umatilla, and Umpqua. In addition to collections of native folk traditions, there are large collections of Jewish folklife, Anglo-American fiddle tunes, and recordings of street- corner stories collected in Portland in the late 1940s.


Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Oregon collections.

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Oregon's Local Legacies projects.

Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.

Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Concert Webcast

Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends: Traditional Indian Karakikudi Vina Music from Oregon. Recorded August 20, 2009, Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Oregon from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.

Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.

Exhibition: "Generation to Generation: Sharing the Intangible," (exhibit), Hood River County Historical Museum, 1982.


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