2019 is FHFG's 30th Anniversary!A lot has changed since September 21, 1989
Did you know that on September 21, 1989, several dedicated history enthusiasts got together and held the first meeting of what would become the Friends of Historic Forest Grove? For 30 years, we’ve been busy preserving, sustaining, and protecting the area’s historic buildings, properties, and historical artifacts. We’ve served as a place where people with shared enthusiasm and interest in history can get together to create a sense of community. We’ve advocated local government to protect historical resources. We’ve educated those in our community about our history. We’ve helped home owners of local historic buildings to research the history of their homes. We’ve held Garden Tours, Historic Homes tours, even Cemetery Tours. We fund-raised and grant-raised until we were able to buy Forest Grove’s second oldest building, the AT Smith House on South Elm Street. We secured Forest Grove’s Old Train station as, not only our headquarters, but the location of a library and museum.
That’s a lot for 30 years and we’re only covering the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Were you a charter member? If so, we would love to hear from you. What do you remember about those early days? What has changed most about the organization? Do you still have your Charter Membership card? If so, we would love a copy. Take a photo and send it to us. Tell us your stories. Reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or if that’s not your thing, drop us a letter to PO Box 123, Forest Grove OR 97116, or leave us a voice mail on 503.992.1280.
Just wait for what’s in store for our next 30 years. This year we revamped our bylaws so that the organization is well-positioned for even bigger and greater things for the future. While we own the AT Smith house, there is a lot that needs to be done to it to preserve it for the next 30, 50, 100 years. We want to do that, and so much more.
Stay tuned. We have more in store for 2019 and celebration efforts for our 30th anniversary!