Washington County Oral History Project

June 2015: The Washington County Oral History project, funded through Pacific University, has been completed. I have worked with them to include the oral histories on our website.  Cynthia Lopez has been the administrator of the project which ceased on June 30, 2015. The following websites share their information. The next step is to digitize the oral histories. Here is Cynthia’s concluding letter:

From: “Lopez, Cynthia J.”
To: Garden Home History Project
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2015 11:13 AM
Subject: RE: Washington County Oral Histories follow-up survey

Hi Elaine,

Thank you for your note. I agree about digitizing the histories and I think it is a great idea to work with high school students!

Pacific University has applied for funding to digitize the histories and put them online. If/when that happens, that would also be when more detailed descriptions of each oral history could be written. There is a lot of richness in the Garden Home History Project that wasn’t captured in our initial inventory for the planning project.

I want to make sure you have all of the links from the Washington County Oral History Planning Project:

First, here is the link to the county-wide oral history inventory: http://wcoralhistories.omeka.net/items/browse

Second, here is the link to the Washington County Oral History Plan:


Third, here is the link to the proof-of-concept digital exhibit:


My work at Pacific University ends on June 30 with the completion of the oral history grant. It was a pleasure to work on this project and share the results with you! 

If you want to communicate more about the Washington County Oral History Planning Project, you can email archives@pacificu.edu.

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