I started alamedahistory.org in 2007 as a blog dedicated to collecting and sharing knowledge about the life of old houses, buildings and neighborhoods in northeast Portland, Oregon. My basic notion is that insight about the past adds new meaning to the present. My first post, “When Research Pays Off” was written to inspire others to learn more about their own homes.
While the editorial voice here is “we,” the blog is just me. Connecting past and present is at the heart of my work: I write for the Oregon Encyclopedia and serve on its Editorial Board. I serve on the boards of Restore Oregon, the Oregon Geographic Names Board, the Forest History Society and the Salmonberry Trail Foundation. I volunteer for the Architectural Heritage Center leading walks and lectures about local history. And I’m a part-time faculty member in Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government. Busy is good.
Much of what’s here is driven by my own curiosity, but also an outlet for insights gained while conducting research for clients. Read more about the research services I offer to assist you create your own connection with the past.
Always glad to consider invites to speak with groups and volunteer other activities that help inspire and teach about local history. Have an idea or question? Drop me a line and let’s consider the possibilities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Decker holds the copyright to all text on the Alameda Old House History website.