I was fortunate to live and work in Alaska for over 16 years where I was involved in history and historic preservation. I researched Wrangell history and wrote about the local history for newspapers and magazines. To date, I have published two books related to Wrangell history. I continue to work on Wrangell history even though I’m living in Oregon. I’ve spent over 35 years researching a group of women who owned a garnet mine at the mouth of the Stikine River. A book on the history of the Wrangell Garnet Ledge is forthcoming.
After moving back to Oregon to be near my elderly mother, I became involved in local Oregon history when I lived in Pendleton and Weston in Eastern Oregon. I researched and maintained a large website on Umatilla County at one point. You can see that information at www.gesswhoto.com under Umatilla County. I also helped get the Frazier Farmstead Museum in Milton-Freewater online. What a wonderful museum it is! I continue to have strong connections to Weston. It is a great little community and I’ve created a suite of websites for the community.
Let’s face it, if it has to do with history you’re going to find me involved in some way and that is very true now that I live in The Dalles. One exception to that is that I am a member of The Dalles Kiwanis Club and serve as their webmaster and social media person. It’s a great service organization which focuses on children.
designsbytrisha.com is my gateway to the creative work that I do as well as a way to share my historical research. Posting my historical information online has generated a lot of information and leads for my research on the garnet mine women. It’s been fun to meet descendants of the women and the people who were involved in some way.