HAMMOND - This Memorial Day weekend, take a walk through history at the Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area to visit re-enactors and learn about the sacrifices made by veterans for freedom.
"Celebrating Veterans, Celebrating Freedom" features a timeline stretching from the Revolutionary War through World War II. For this family-friendly event, park visitors will be given maps with the location of re-enactors representing different eras of U.S. military history. Visitors to each re-enactor station get a star on their maps. Those who collect all the stars receive a free Fort Stevens souvenir.
Stations include the replica Chinook Indian longhouse, a reconstructed Civil War earthworks fort, historic gun batteries, a 1910 guardhouse and Battery Russell, which will feature displays on the 1942 shelling of Fort Stevens by a Japanese submarine.
Sponsored by Fort Stevens State Park and the Friends of Old Fort Stevens, the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Historic Area hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The $3 Oregon State Parks day-use fee per car will be charged; however, there is no extra admission fee for the event. All donations made during the weekend support the Battery Pratt gun reconstruction project.
The Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area features living history presentations on weekends through September, as well as a World War II battle re-enactment July 15 and 16 and a Civil War re-enactment over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 through 4. For more information on these and other events, call the Friends of Old Fort Stevens at (503) 861-1470 or the Fort Stevens Museum office at (503) 861-2000.