Just over a century ago, orchards, open fields, and patches of forest defined the landscape of Portland’s eastside. But as a young city sprawled across the river, the rural landscape was replaced by a grid of neighborhoods, a busy streetcar system, and tens of thousands of new residents. Successive waves of homebuilding and change in the decades that followed shaped the neighborhoods we know today. New challenges arise in this second century that are reshaping the look and feel of these Northeast Portland neighborhoods. Using early maps, documents, photos and newspaper accounts as well as memories he’s collected from past residents, local historian Doug Decker will explore the early years of Northeast Portland neighborhoods —Sabin, Alameda, Vernon, Concordia, Beaumont-Wilshire and Cully —to examine connections between past, present, and future.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
Doug writes a history column for the Concordia News and Alameda PDX News, and runs a website devoted to old house and neighborhood history in Northeast Portland: www.alamedahistory.org. He also conducts architectural and social history studies of buildings and places through interviews, document and archive research, photo research, and other explorations, to create a rich understanding of a property and its impact, significance, and role over time.
About History Pub
Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.