Get Involved

We are a 501(3)c non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and sharing the history of the Garden Home area in Washington County, Oregon. If you have stories or photos about Garden Home’s past, we’d love to hear from you.

Subscribe to the gazette

To receive The Garden Home History Gazette (PDF) by email, send us an email at, and ask to receive it. It’s free! If you prefer to receive the printed edition by US Mail, you can subscribe for $10 per year.

Contact us

Email us at If you have a question or comment about a specific article or photo, you may leave a reply in the form at the bottom of most pages. Replies on those pages may be displayed to other site visitors.

Attend an Event

Click here for upcoming and past events.


We are a diverse group that shares an interest in Garden Home’s past. Call us about volunteering. It’s fun!

The Garden Home History Project Advisory Board

Garden Home Advisory Board: July 2914 Back row: Stan Houseman, Bill Gellatly, Louise Cook Jones, Patsy VandeVenter (in pink), John Pacella, Bob Cram, Sharon Cram (in blue) Front row: Susan Houseman, Elaine Shreve, Louise Pacella, Mildred Stevens, Bob Day, and Carole Vranizan Not shown: Virginia Vanture These are the people who work on the history of Garden Home, maintain the website and present events and publications for you. Historic Garden Home, since 1858. Official Post Office since 1882!

Board of Directors

Chair Patsy VandeVenter
Vice Chair Elaine Shreve 503-246-5879
Treasurer Marie Pacella
Secretary Marie Pacella


Photography Stan Houseman,
Houseman Heritage, Realtor, 503-679-3691
Website Tom Shreve
Database and Mailings Marie and John Pacella
History Bulletin Board Susan Houseman, Louise Cook Jones
Historic Garden Home street signs Susan Houseman
CENTURY Homes Stan Houseman
Other advisors and volunteers
Jan Fredrickson – Community history
Bob Cram – Research
Chris Gilson – Research
Vlasta Becvar Barber, Zora Becvar – history of 76th and school
Don Dunbar – School history, former principal
Colin Lamb – Community history
Virginia Vanture – Research

Special Thanks

Our community, former residents, local experts and You!

Garden Home Community Library for selling our calendars and loaning equipment.

Garden Home Recreation Center for use of facility, meeting rooms, bulletin board and other assistance.

Garden Home Market Place (aka Lamb’s Thriftway) for in-kind donations and support promoting our events.

Garden Home Starbucks for in-kind donations of refreshments for our events.

Our history

The Garden Home History Project was formed in September of 2009 with a “Bell Ringing” event at Lamb’s Market. The bell hung in their cupola is from the 1918 Community Church in Garden Home. We were thrilled to meet so many of the early settlers and to hear their stories. As we heard stories about our historic community we came together to research and share our history with all of you. Let us hear from you!

Subsequently, we have interviewed people and published over 180 stories and over 1000 photos. We thank you all for the photos, artifacts, stories and consulting which you have so generously shared.

We’ve held several reunion/celebrations in the auditorium of the Garden Home Recreation Center. We’ve presented slide shows, cemetery tours, workshops, newsletters, emails, and other activities to share our history. We hope you’ll enjoy the stories that you read and consider sending us your story. Contact us for a personal or phone interview. Thanks for your interest in historic Garden Home.


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