Current Projects



Salem Community Markets Cookbook Project

This cookbook will focus on celebrations. 

  • Family and community

  • Big and small

  • Past and present 

Recipes and stories will come from all segments of the Salem Community Market: vendors, market staff and volunteers, food and entertainment providers, and customers.

Through getting to know each other by sharing our stories and recipes, we are building a stronger market community.

Living Voices of the Pacific Northwest welcomes community members interested in sharing their stories and recipes.  

If you would like to participate in this project contact:

Alice Rudersdorf, Independent Oral Historian



Downtown Independence is Cookin'

This is the first in a series of community cookbooks made up of recipes and stories from the business owners, employees, and customers of small town business communities.


Keeping Our Voices Alive

History is not only about what other people have experienced back then or over there that you read about in the history books.  Much of history is not written in our history books.  The greatest part of history, personal and otherwise, is that which is written in our memories and the memories of our families, friends, neighbors, and members of our communities.

“Keeping Our Voices Alive” is a step-by-step, how-to guidebook on doing oral history.  It is the ideal guidebook for those interested in community or family history. It will be available in 2023.


Growing Up in Monmouth Oregon in the 1950s & 1960s

by: Alice Rudersdorf

This upcoming book is an account of the author's childhood memories.  It is a memoir that places the experiences from childhood into the historical context of a particular place and time, and the significance of those experiences throughout the author's lifetime.  It will be available in 2023.


Oral History Projects


Food Traditions and Celebrations

How do we celebrate?  What do we celebrate as individuals, families, communities?  What foods do we associate with various celebrations?  How does our heritage impact our celebrations?

These questions and more will be covered through a series of oral history interviews.


Willamette Valley Growers, Food Producers, and Farm Workers

Just under 97% of the farms and ranches in Oregon are family owned and operated.  Many of those are within Oregon's Willamette Valley.  This offers an abundance of opportunities to explore what life is like on the family farm.