Resource Overview Genealogical Forum Of Oregon

Connie Lenzen Portland, Oregon has a library you want to check out and take advantage of – the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest.  In 2014, I began a Personal Historian business.  Gerry Lenzen, whom I knew through our mutual involvement in the Portland State Athletic Department Booster program, …

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. …

Bowls Around Town: An Exhibit of Stories, Recipes and Photos about Family Meals

During our PHNW meetings, members “talk shop” and tell each other about projects we have worked on recently. (We’ll be sharing many of those projects with you in our next blog post.) At a recent meeting, Trena Cleland talked about an initiative celebrating “family foodways” she was involved in several years ago. Trena has an …

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 …

Maia Fischler and Cheryl McLean, Life Writer Personal Histories

Life Writer, Capturing the Stories That Connect the Generations Getting to Completion By Maia Fischler, LifeWriter Personal Histories When I met Dianna Hanson, she had been working on her manuscript for over a year without really believing she'd ever manage to publish it. She had enjoyed the writing process, and she was excited to pass …

Personal historians remind us to gather our stories

Personal historians know holidays are the perfect time to gather family stories and honor personal legacies. Ask Trena Cleland or Gloria Nussbaum about the importance of preserving personal history. Both Trena and Gloria are members of Personal Historians NW and contributors to the December issue(s) of Northwest50Plus magazine, highlighting the different types of work being done to …