Investigating the Past... with the
OAK LODGE HISTORY DETECTIVES

We are curious about local history —
and we think you are too!


EVENTS CALENDAR

Upcoming Events

Annual Summer Field Trip

BRICKS AND MORTAR:

The Oak Lodge History Detectives Annual Summer Field Trip will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 10 am, at 18606 SE Addie Street in Jennings Lodge.

Tour an early 20th century brick bungalow with 10 inch thick walls, and the former site of Alexander Gill’s Meldrum Station brick works.

The current home owners have restored the house and will answer questions on house restoration. Enjoy the beautiful grounds adjacent to the Gill House.

This OLHD Summer Field Trip is available to current members of OLHD but you can join or pay your past dues at the gate! Dues are $15.00 for individual; $20 for a couple.

We will meet at 10 am at 18606 SE Addie Street in Jennings Lodge; enter through the gate on SE Gill Street. Lots of street parking.

For more information, contact Mike Schmeer at gennutt@gmail.com or Lisa Bentley at lisabentley3@comcast.net

 

Saturday
August 27, 2016
10:00 am
18606 SE Addie St.
Jennings Lodge
 

Past Events

June 2016 Meeting

The Oak Lodge History Detectives will be meeting June 9th for the last time before our summer break.

OLHD is pleased to announce a presentation by our own Jane Morrison on Historic Architectural Building Styles found in our neighborhoods. See below:

olhd FLYER 6-9-2016.pub

Please join us on June 9th for an educational presentation on architectural styles. And by all means, bring your questions and photos that you would like more information about.

If we don’t see you, have a GREAT summer, and we’ll resume again in September.

Thursday
June 9, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
May 2016 Meeting

Attention! Change of Usual Meeting Date

Due to Clackamas County’s scheduling a Town Hall meeting on our regular meeting night (which will be Thursday May 12th at Riverside School – 6:30 PM) we have postponed our OLHD meeting to the following Thursday.

Our guest that night will be Denyse McGriff of the McLoughlin Memorial Association telling us about the McLoughlin House, Rose Farm and Stevenson House. Denyse discovered Oregon and its wonders some years ago and never left. She currently resides in Oregon City in a 104 year old home. She is a reformed planner and is dedicated to community service and volunteering.

Come to the Oak Grove History detectives and learn about three of the oldest homes in Oregon City, and one of the oldest preservation organizations in the State of Oregon. Dr. John McLoughlin, Dr. Forbes Barclay and William L. Holmes all made significant contributions to the founding of Oregon.

Rose Farm

Rose Farm

See you May 19th !

Thursday
May 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
April 2016 Meeting

Due to extenuating circumstances, please note that the April meeting is one week later than usual — instead of being April 14th, it is on the following Thursday night, APRIL 21st.

Originally our guest speaker for the evening was to be Claire Blaylock, Executive Director of the Clackamas County Historical Society. Claire will be bringing us up to date about the activities of the CCHS and Museum of the Oregon Territory, and soliciting OLHD’s suggestions on museum's best way forward. We are hopeful that Claire will be able to meet with us April 21st instead, and we are working on that. There will be an update the week of April 11th.

We apologize for the schedule change, and hope to see you April 21st.

Thursday
April 21, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
March 2016 Meeting

There is HISTORY, then there’s HISTORY! Sometimes it’s fun to take a broader perspective to our local history.

We are pleased to announce to you that this month’s program will feature the presentation on the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, a project being advocated by the Ice Age Floods Institute and the National Park Service.

Rick Thompson, of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will introduce us to this project and will have books and other media available to provide you with even more information about it. More information is also available at www.GigaFlood.com. As an introduction:

Mr. Thompson is President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute which holds monthly public educational meetings in Tualatin. He was instrumental in identifying and securing signage for several significant glacial erratics in Washington County; has been interviewed for a number of newspaper articles and was twice featured on Grant McOmie's "Grant's Getaways" television program.

Photo of Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute

Rick Thompson

Join us March 10th for what promises to be a fascinating evening!

Thursday
March 10, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
February 2016 Meeting

It has been some time since OLHD has had a regular meeting - the last actual meeting being Oct. 8th. So at our February meeting we will pick up where we left off before the holidays, followed by a program.

This month's program will consist of the video recording of Punky Scott, owner of the Bomber Restaurant and Catering, giving an informal talk about the Bomber and her colorful father Art Lacey, which she presented at the "Jewels of Jennings Lodge" event last May 30th.

Punky Scott – Elks Lodge 2-24-2013

Please join us February 11th and learn more tidbits about our local history.

Thursday
Feb 11, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
January 2016 Presentation

The Oak Lodge History Detectives is CANCELLING it's usual January meeting in lieu of the presentation "Families On The Ridge - The Oatfields and Thiessens", being presented by Mike Schmeer on January 16th at the Oak Hills Presbyterian Church at 5101 S.E. Thiessen Road, at 7:00 P.M. At the invitation of the Oak Hills Presbyterian Church this will be a community presentation and all are invited.

The earliest settlers to the Oak Lodge area filed their claims on the banks of the Willamette River. Later arrivals either had to file claims further from the river, or purchase land from someone else. The Oatfield and Thiessen families fall into the later category, settling on the ridge, and becoming highly repected residents in the area.

Join us on January 16th and learn more about two prominent families that settled on the ridge and carved their names into our local history.

Happy New Year from OLHD!

Thursday
Jan 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Oak Hills Presbyterian Church
5101 S.E. Thiessen Road
Oak Grove