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 really written to inspire others to learn more about their own homes.
While the editorial voice here is “we,” the blog is just me. I’m a journalist, historian and forester who believes, like Faulkner, that the past isn’t dead…in fact it isn’t even past. Knowing our history is essential as we move toward the future.
Much of what’s here is driven by my own curiosity, but also an outlet for insights gained while conducting research for clients. I prepare architectural, historical and social histories of buildings and neighborhoods through interviews, document and archive research, photo research and other explorations to create a thorough understanding of a property and its impact, significance and role over time. I’m glad to visit about researching your home or vintage building, or to provide you with ideas and resources for you to do the research yourself.
I’m available to speak with groups, lead walking tours, and assist with other activities that help inspire and teach about local history. Have an idea, question or an old photo or document you want to discuss? Drop me a line and let’s consider the possibilities.
Doug Decker holds the copyright to all text on the Alameda Old House History website.