In 1849, well-educated minister Harvey Clark and a 68-year-old widow, Tabitha Brown, established a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail that became Tualatin Academy and later Pacific University. Much is known of these early missionaries and founders.
The dedicated families that settled in early Forest Grove did so because they placed a high value on education. Ideals of family, church, school and government were expressed in the simple architecture of their homes. They were sturdy and committed people who built lasting institutions in order to achieve their community goals. Forest Grove has a rich heritage of early Oregon structures. We uphold that trust when we identify and protect the heritage left in our care.
We look with new awareness at what remains of our historic past to assure its passage to future generations.