August 2017 News

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find over a hundred stories and over a thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events.

Upcoming Events

Garden Home structures by decade of appearance.

Monday, September 11, 6:30 PM: 30-minute slide presentation on maps by PCC students about Garden Home buildings by decade. All are invited to the Board meeting following at 7:00 PM.

Monday, October 9, 6:30 PM: 30-minute slide presentation, topic TBA. All are invited to the Board meeting following at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, November 12, 1 to 3:00 PM: Veterans Celebration honoring attending veterans and Color Guard presentation.

Saturday, December 2: Come visit our table at the annual holiday bazaar at the Garden Home Recreation Center.

Sunday, December 10, 3 to 7 PM: Holiday party. Details to be announced.


We held an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 30, 2017. We had a wonderful time outside on the playground, under the new overhead cover, meeting our neighbors and friends and enjoying free ice cream cones. We had almost 150 people attend to chat with one another and peruse the historic displays and albums of Garden Home School children. The school closed in 1982, 35 years ago, the balloons on our poster being released that day. Thanks to chairpersons Patsy VandeVenter and Carole Vranizan who were assisted by members of the Garden Home History Project Board.

We enjoyed our May 21 tour of early Garden Home pioneer graves at the Crescent Grove Cemetery. A beautiful day, four guides reviewed the histories of over two dozen of our brave pioneers, most of whom came out on the Oregon trail. Thanks to all our volunteers and tour attendees!

Facebook:  Ginny Mapes has created a facebook group about Garden Home History.  She edited the student project, Garden Home – the way it was which was published in 1980 by the Beaverton School District.  Ms. Mapes was the librarian at Garden Home School and then moved on to Greenway School where she and Jill MacWilliam authored another book, Traces of the Past, about the history of that area and included more stories on Garden Home.  Both of these books are available for in-library use at the Garden Home Community Library and they both can be checked out through any Washington County Library (with your library card).

Other News

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We had 5 thirty-minute slide presentations last year from 6:30 to 7 pm. Our Board then meets at 7 pm. March 13 will be a special meeting for the public with refreshments and summaries by the Chair and the Treasurer. The plans for the year’s activities will be shared. We’d love to have anyone interested to work with us.

Our 2016 activities included seven slideshow and speaker presentations:

  • February, Tom Shreve presented 1950’s aerial photos of Garden Home
  • March, Pat Dignan presented early photos and family life in the Hunt Club area.
  • April, Virginia Vanture presented on the Century Homes
  • May, Colin Lamb presented on history of early Thriftway, shopping center.
  • June, Elaine Shreve slideshow Garden Components and review of History & Garden Tour
  • October, Tom Shreve presented 1903 story of Murder on ‘the Garden Home Road’
  • November, Tom Shreve presented his favorite photos of Garden Home area.

2016 Events:

  • June 4, the History and Garden Tour, done with the Garden Home Gardeners.
  • August 13, outdoor Reunion of Garden Home School and Beaverton High students
  • Nov. 5, Bell Ringing at Garden Home Market, old church bell
  • Dec. 3, Participation in Bazaar, sell handmade ornaments, bookmarks
  • Dec. 12, Party at Shreve home.

Board of Directors, Garden Home History Project, 2016:

Chair: Elaine Shreve
Vice-Chair: Janice Logan
Secretary: Patsy VandeVenter
Treasurer: Marie Pacella

Board Members: (voting) John Pacella, Stan and Susan Houseman, Sasha Kaplan, Carole Vranizan, Louise Cook Jones, Bob and Delia Day, Mark Kajitani (Served for partial term:  Christina Mauroni, Ginny McCarthy)

Advisory Board:  Serving the project with special skills, services or resources: Bob & Sharon Cram, Tom Shreve, Virginia Vanture, Jan Fredrickson

2017 presentations and events will be planned at February 13 meeting.

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Get your Historic Garden Home t-shirt now for just $14 for small to XL. Larger XXL and XXXL sizes are $17. There is an additional charge of $9 to mail your shirt. They’re fun! Available at the Garden Home Market Place.

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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