About the Oak Lodge History Detectives

April 2013

The Oak Lodge History Detectives began in March 2009 with a small gathering of local citizens interested in our area's history. We continued meeting monthly at various places, defining ourselves, establishing our mission, and beginning the process of researching and collecting the history of the Oak Lodge area. Several community presentations were organized as well as occasional field trips.

With our basic structure completed, and having made ourselves known in the community, it was decided to incorporate. In January 2011 the Oak Lodge History Detectives was registered as a non-profit corporation by the State of Oregon. With that designation we began accepting memberships to generate funds to support the group's activities. More recently OLHD amended our tax-exempt status to become a 501(c)(3) which allows OLHD to accept grants, and donors to deduct their donations.

Our mission is "Investigating the past, enriching the future" and our goal is to promote the place and appreciation of local history in the Oak Lodge area. We compile and share the history of Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge and the adjacent Concord and Oatfield Ridge neighborhoods. Our focus spans the area between Milwaukie and Gladstone, and from the Willamette River east to Kellogg Creek.

OLHD has no physical library, but instead houses its entire collection digitally. Though select images are available on the main portion of our website the main portion of our collection will be made available to members only, as a benefit of their membership. We welcome digital donations of early Oak Lodge and its families, and we are equipped to scan your photos ourselves.

We generally meet the 2nd Thursdays in February, April, June, October, and December at 7:00 p.m. Check this website for meeting announcements or cancellations.

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