Welcome to Heritage Folk

Heritage Folk is a mother-daughter team that enjoys history and heritage crafting. We are especially fond of the old-fashioned clothespin, which shows up in many of our designs. We even have a Clothespin Museum located at our heritage site, the historic U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station: The Columbia River's "Ellis Island" www.knapptoncoveheritagecenter.org, and we hope you'll come visit us if you're in the vicinity.

Nancy, the mother, a graduate of Oregon State University has a background in education, outdoor education,home economics, 4-H leadership, and professional craft design. She is currently the director of Knappton Cove Heritage Center.
Heather, the daughter, also a graduate of OSU, has a background in communications, food & nutrition, 4-H, and professional craft design. She is currently a Program Interpreter for History Park in San Jose working primarily with elementary school children. And, during the summer you'll find her up at Knappton Cove Heritage Center. Both mother and daughter incorporate these backgrounds with a passion for history as well as crafting.

A Note About Heritage Crafting
According to Webster's dictionary, clothespins date back to 1846 in the United States. English 'clothes pegs' were recorded as early as 1825. Although they were designed to, of course, hang clothes, it didn't take long for youngsters to observe how much a clothespin resembled a tiny doll.

Heritage Folk Blog

Our Trip to Zena

Little Belle at the Valley

There was a small town in Oregon named Zena.

The 100,000 Clothespin People Project

Did you know that during the big wave of immigration to the U.S. around 1900, there were other ports of entry besides Ellis Island? The Pacific Northwest is home to one of these long forgotten sites. Along the north shore of the Columbia River across from Astoria, OR, sits Knappton Cove Heritage Center www.knapptoncoveheritagecenter.org, preserving this piece of Pacific Northwest History. This non-profit museum is housed in what was once the Columbia River Quarantine Station's hospital, or affectionately known as The Pesthouse.

We estimate that approximately 100,000 people passed through U.S. Health Inspection at the Columbia River Port of Entry between 1899-1938. They were from many places including Scandinavia, Europe, South America and Asia. Immigrants were coming to better their lives by working in the booming fish and timber industries of the Pacific NW. To visualize the number and diversity of immigrants during this era, our goal is to display pictures of 100,000 handmade clothespin people. Please join us in this effort!