History Built to Last

History takes many forms. HistoryBuilt can tailor a service package to your organization’s particular needs. Services include research, writing, oral histories, educational programs and events, and walking tours. We are a leading expert in Pacific Northwest regional history, and specialize in representing and exhibiting diverse voices and experiences through our work.



Using historic and contemporary written materials, online resources, photographs, and audio & visual recordings to uncover the histories for: organizations, businesses, communities, individuals, and buildings.


HistoryBuilt regularly publishes in print and online media, and will provide its same clear, effective, and intriguing writing to any project.

Oral History

We can help conceptualize a project, conduct interviews using audio & video recording equipment, provide transcription, and oral history training.

Educational Programs

Janice is an experienced and captivating speaker who offers illustrated talks on a variety of Oregon and Pacific Northwest topics.

Walking Tours

Putting history “on the ground” by preparing and leading educational and fun walking tours of historical events, people, and places.


HistoryBuilt will assist you in developing your historical projects and connecting you with additional resources and potential collaborators.

What Can a Historian Do for You?

Example One

Your academic institution is nearing a milestone anniversary and you want to honor distinguished alumni who have gone on to be leaders in their fields and their communities. We can provide one-on-one oral history interviews, documented by audio or video recording and transcribed for use in print and online media. With History Built behind the project, your institution’s story can be told directly by the people who have helped shape it.

Example Two

You are organizing a conference or annual meeting and you’d like to feature the topic of women’s activism in your program. History Built can provide a captivating illustrated lecture, followed by a question and answer session with a foremost expert in diverse voices in political history. Your guests are certain to come away enlightened and empowered by the ways history can inform our present and our future.

Example Three

You are on the board of a professional association, representing a local business celebrating a major landmark, or entertaining clients or colleagues from out of town. To engage them with the local scene, you would like to take them on a historical walking tour. History Built provides exciting and educational walking tours to learn the who, what, when, and why of events that took place at notable Portland locales. In the company of a top scholar in Pacific Northwest regional history from History Built, you’ll see your stomping grounds in a brilliant new light.