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In 2000 with the help of many donors and supporters, Fishtrap was able to purchase the historic Coffin House in Enterprise, Oregon. In addition to providing much-needed office space, this wonderful building has hosted hundreds of writers, students, and thinkers, for workshops, readings, lectures, and performances. 

In recent years it’s become increasingly evident that we were asking this old house to become something it was never designed to be. Programs like Fishtrap Fireside or classroom visits from local schools regularly strained the house past safe and comfortable capacity limits — and that was pre-COVID. 

On May 11, 2021, the Fishtrap Board of Directors voted to list the house for sale. Thanks to so many generous supporters all those years ago Fishtrap owns the house outright. Proceeds from the sale will be used for a new space, and to create reserve funds that will help ensure Fishtrap’s mission to serve writers, readers, and life-long learners in the West and beyond for years to come. 

We are currently in the process of securing a new, centrally located, accessible space that will serve as our office and event space as well as providing a gathering space for our local community to enjoy concerts, classes, and presentations from our partner organizations. Most of all, we want it to feel as warm, welcome, and inclusive as you expect from us.

This is an exciting time for Fishtrap, and this change is in large part due to all that we’ve learned this past year. We firmly believe that our resilience as an organization is matched by our strong vision to flourish in the future. The Coffin House has been a bright chapter for Fishtrap, and we hope you will join us as we welcome the next one.

Warmest regards,

Shannon McNerney
Executive Director

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