Personal Historians Express Gratitude for Challenges and Changes in 2020

2020 was a memorable year in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. As the pandemic raged and forest fires surrounded us, the desire for re-connection with family and friends took hold. Isolation gave way to reminiscing and taking up overdue projects. Many of us found ourselves doubling down on technology as a way to stay close. …

Giving Emil Schacht His Place In Portland History- by Connie Shipley

Emil at his office in Portland with staff. Emil Schacht, second from left. What can I do that isn’t going to get done unless I do it, just because of who I am?  Buckminster Fuller  Sommerland, Seaview, Washington On a beautiful summer day in 2016 my brother Neal, sister Gail, cousin Steve and I had …

Julie Zander’s Book “Washington Territory’s Grand Lady: The Story of Matilda (Glover) Koontz Jackson”

Washington Territory's Grand Lady, The Story of Matilda (Glover)Koontz Jackson More than a decade ago, while giving a tour to schoolchildren at the local museum, I saw a small folded placard stating that in 1847, Matilda Koontz lost her husband while crossing the Oregon Trail, leaving her a widow with small children. My heart broke, …

History Invites Journals Related To The Great Pandemic of 2020

Masked children in a fountain surround a person wearing PPE

Generations from now Americans will look back and wonder what it was like being part of the momentous events swirling around us in 2020. The Great Pandemic of 2020 resulted in millions of people getting sick with the COVID-19 virus and hundreds of thousands of deaths. What was it like trying to stay healthy and …