Living Voices of the Pacific Northwest

Bringing Forward the Stories, Traditions and Customs of Yesterday and Today to Nourish and Support the Generations of Tomorrow.


About Us

It is through oral history interviews that Living Voices of the Pacific Northwest creates archival records and publications about people's lives.  These publications can be in the form of a fundraising cookbook, the story of an organization or community, family histories, or a stand-alone collection of oral history interviews.  

It is our mission to give lasting voice to today's generations, ensuring their experiences will be passed on to future generations. 

Our goal is to accomplish this mission not only through the recording of people's stories, but also by teaching others how to record these stories.   

Why does this matter? 

It matters because today's living history should not be lost to future generations. Through the recording of people's personal experiences, we are filling in the gaps and putting a human face to history that may otherwise be overlooked by traditional historical records.  These stories are an essential part for adding the human element that brings history alive.


Meet Our Founder and Oral Historian

Alice Rudersdorf

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Alice has designed and conducted oral history workshops, projects, and interviews.  She has written and produced community cookbooks and served as the Oral History Chairperson for Fayette County Texas Historical Commission.  Alice also wrote and presented a paper on the historical significance of community cookbooks to the Joint Annual Meeting of the Texas Oral History Association and Texas State Historical Association.  She has researched and written a weekly column for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal entitled, "Today in the History of Lubbock and the South Plains".

Since returning to her roots in Oregon's Willamette Valley, Alice has been appointed as a Commissioner on the Monmouth Historic Commission and is a member of the Polk County Historical Society, Oregon Historical Society, and the Oral History Association.


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