I have a short attention span- but over the years I have kept coming back to local history- and this blog.
My day job is project management, mostly, as founder and owner of Strategic PPM (Strategic Planning & Project Management). I work mostly for economic development agencies, doing strategic planning, event coordination (now virtual), program development and marketing/promotion. I also do some marketing and promotion and other projects for private sector clients.
Sometimes I get to do historical and property research and report writing. I’ve also worked with families and old, established businesses to capture their stories and/or put together ancestry/family trees ( I say “get to” because this last one doesn’t really feel like work even though I get paid to do it).
I started the blog because I needed a repository for all the historical information I had stuck in my head. Unfortunately life had gotten in the way and my posts were quite sporadic. For good or bad, the current situation has me home more- with more time on my hands and a longing for distraction. This is a great one- and I hope that folks that find their way here feel that way too…
This is from a previous description of why I started the blog:
Learning about LUCY ‘s murder through old records in the courthouse basement really started my journey and finding her son’s obituary on my upstairs wall two years later kept it going. My focus was the settlement period (1850s-1860s) of Humboldt and Mendocino County, but lately I’ve been too busy to post much about that topic (look through old posts if that interests you or email me if you’re looking for something in particular).
I’ll continue to post old photos as often as I can and will add random historical info periodically just ‘cause.
Folks that aren’t comfortable posting info or asking questions in the comments section can reach me at