What Is Alder?

Alder collects, preserves,
and exhibits history in
various fields. Alder is
the source for in depth
historical research and writing. 

Who Is Alder?
Morgen Young, consulting historian and owner of Alder, holds an M.A. in Public History. Her work focuses on historical research, writing, exhibit development, digital history, oral history, and historic preservation.


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Alder has been involved in the development and execution of dozens of exhibits, providing curatorial, research, and writing services.

"The Industry and Artistry of Portland Windows"
Architectural Heritage Center, April 1, 2016 - April 1, 2017

"The Industry and Artistry of Portland Windows" explores the construction and design of windows throughout history, with an emphasis on local companies, artisans, and products. This exhibit focuses particularly on the years 1880 to 1930, when art glass and millwork were at their heights in Portland and the United States.

"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Celebrating 125 Years of the Port of Portland”
Portland International Airport, permanent exhibit debuted February 2016

On display at Portland International Airport, "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" explores the history of the Port of Portland. In 1891, the Oregon Legislature created the Port for the express purpose of establishing a navigation channel. 125 years later, the Port continues to maintain the navigation channel, but also manages three airports, four marine terminals, and 10,000 acres of industrial lands.

"Oregon Voices”
Oregon History Museum, permanent exhibit debuted November 2015 
The exhibit examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War II to the present. Divided into five major thematic sections (Migration & Immigration, Environment & Energy, Tribes, Social Change, Industry & Economy), the exhibit used text, artifacts, visuals, and digital interactives to explore modern Oregon.

"Entrepreneurial Spirit: Latinos in Oregon/El Espiritu del Emprendedor: Latinos en Oregon”
Portland Mercado, permanent exhibit debuted October 2015

"Entrepreneurial Spirit" is a bilingual exhibit at the Portland Mercado, the first Latino public market in the city. It documented the history of the Latinos in Oregon, from Spanish explorers in the 16th Century to the community in the 21st Century. A large focus of the project was Latino-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.


"PDX 75th"
Portland International Airport, October 1 - November 30, 2015

A project for the Port of Portland, the exhibit celebrated the 75th anniversary of Portland International Airport. Through historic and contemporary photographs, the digital display showcased a visual history of PDX decade by decade.
"World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed" 
Oregon History Museum, June 26 - December 13, 2015
A portion of the exhibit examined how World War II forever changed Oregon. Through text and objects, several topics were explored: the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans; the state as a combat zone, including the only civilian deaths in the continental United States; conscientious objectors and the Fine Arts Group; wartime employment, with a focus on Portland shipyards; farm labor; and efforts on the home front. 

"The History of Starr-Edwards Heart Valves" 
OHSU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, permanent exhibit unveiled June 2015
"The History of Starr-Edwards Heart Valves" examines the collaboration between Dr. Albert Starr and M. Lowell Edwards, which led to the development of the world's first practical artificial heart valves. The project produced a permanent exhibit and book for Oregon Health & Science University's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


"Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age"

Architectural Heritage Center, January - August 2015

"Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age" explored the use of metals in architecture. The focus was on the most popular metals used in buildings constructed between the 1860s and the 1910s  – iron, steel, lead, tin, zinc, copper, brass, bronze, and nickel. The artifacts on display included interior and exterior elements from buildings across Portland.

"Powering Oregon: 125 Years of PGE"

Oregon History Museum, December 13, 2014 - May 10, 2015 

On June 3, 1889, Portland General Electric made history when it produced the first long-distance transmission of direct current electricity in the United States. The company transmitted electricity a distance of 14 miles, from Willamette Falls in Oregon City to Portland. The early line was the only source of power to the city of Portland, electrifying streetlights, homes, and businesses. 

From that initial transmission, Portland General Electric grew into the largest utility company in Oregon, with more than 800,000 customers in a 4,000 square-mile service area. The traveling exhibit commemorated PGE's 125th anniversary.

Milwaukie Historical Society 
Series of Exhibits
From 2014 to 2015, Alder provided curatorial services to the Milwaukie Historical Society and Museum. In that capacity, Alder surveyed and assessed the museum's collections; established policies and procedures for the organization; developed a five year plan; and implemented a new interpretative plan. Four new exhibits debuted at the museum:  "Milestones in Milwaukie's History," "Made in Milwaukie," "Curiosities from the Museum's Collection," and "The History of the George Wise House."

"Community Builders: Fraternal Lodges & Secret Societies in Portland, Oregon"
Architectural Heritage Center, unveiled December 19, 2014
Fraternal lodges were once a vital part of city life in Portland. Between 1890 and 1930, dozens of temples, halls, and meeting rooms were constructed, many of them designed by the most prominent architects in town. That so many have survived, and in most cases been adapted to new uses, is testament to the craftsmanship and commitment both of those who designed them and those for whom they were built. This digital exhibit showcases a small sampling of the fraternal lodge buildings found in and around Portland. The buildings selected offer a glimpse of the variety of architectural styles and materials found in Portland's lodge buildings - providing insight into the work of individual organizations as well as the architects who designed their buildings.

"Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II"

Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, traveling exhibit debuted September 12, 2014

Sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, "Uprooted" features forty-five images, taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee near the communities of Nyssa, Oregon and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls, Idaho in the summer of 1942, three text panels, and a documentary film featuring excerpts from oral history interviews with people who lived in the camps. The exhibit examines farm labor camps during the war and the use of Japanese Americans as a labor source, specifically in the sugar beet industry.

The exhibit debuted September 12, 2014 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Oregon and is traveling throughout the United States.


"Farming in Historic Tualatin"
New Seasons Market, Tualatin-Nyberg Rivers Store, permanent exhibit unveiled September 2014

A display at the New Seasons Market Tualatin-Nyberg Rivers branch, "Farming in Historic Tualatin" showcases images of the Nyberg family farm, now the site of the store, and other examples of agriculture in the area. The displays draws from the personal photographic collection of the Nyberg family and from the Tualatin Historical Society. 


"A Pictorial History of the Grant Park Neighborhood"
New Seasons Market, Grant Park Store, permanent exhibit unveiled September 2014

"A Pictorial History of the Grant Park Neighborhood" is a historical display at the New Seasons Market Grant Park branch. Drawing from the photographic collections of the City of Portland Archives & Records Center and the Oregon Historical Society, the display highlights neighborhood landmarks including Grant Park, Grant High School, and businesses along NE Broadway. 


"Working on the River: A History of Dredging"
Oregon History Museum, May 1 - October 30, 2014

In recognition of the repowering of the Port of Portland's Dredge Oregon, this exhibit explored the history of dredging on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Visitors learned about early local dredging efforts and the involvement of the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as the role of the Port of Portland in shaping the region with its mission of waterway maintenance.


"A Sea Change in Oregon Politics: The 1973 Legislative Session"
Portland State University, Center for Women, Politics & Policy, unveiled April 10, 2014

"A Sea Change in Oregon Politics" celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 Oregon Legislative Session, one of the most progressive sessions in the history of the state. A bipartisan group of female legislators worked to pass eleven explicitly feminist pieces of legislation. This included the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment as well as legislation centered on civil rights, employment, family planning, and childcare. This exhibit drew from materials in the Oregon Political Leadership Archive, a partnership between the Center for Women, Politics & Policy, Portland State University Library, the Department of History, and the Black Studies Department.


"Shopping & Dining in Historic Albina"
New Seasons Market, N. Williams Store, unveiled August 28, 2013

A permanent display at the New Seasons Market, N. Williams Avenue branch, "Shopping & Dining in Historic Albina" provides a visual glimpse into some of the local businesses that once existed in the North Portland neighborhood. Photographs were drawn from the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, Oregon Historical Society and Historic Photo Archive.


"OHSU: 125 Years of Healing, Teaching, and Discovery"
Oregon History Museum, March 14 - July 8, 2013

This exhibit began to examine the complex history of Oregon Health & Science University. What began as a small medical school in Northwest Portland has evolved into a multi-faceted institution: an academic health center, a nationally prominent research center and a resource for Oregonians’ health.

Through historic photographs and artifacts, the exhibit explored the histories of the schools, programs, hospitals, and centers that comprise OHSU. Visitors also discovered many of the inventions and innovations that have emerged from OHSU faculty, alumni, and staff that have shaped health care delivery in Oregon and beyond. 


"Expanding Access: Curated Exhibit of Notable Women Leaders"
Portland State University, Center for Women, Politics & Policy, unveiled November 13, 2012


A partnership of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy, the Portland State University Library and History Department, and the Oregon Political Leadership includes the papers of Eleanor Davis, Avel Gordly, Gretchen Kafoury, Vera Katz, Barbara Roberts, and Betty Roberts. "Expanding Access" is the first of a series of interactive online exhibits that highlights selections from the archive, demonstrating how these women worked throughout their careers to promote equality, fight discrimination, and expand rights to all.


"100 Years of Legacy Emanuel"
Oregon History Museum, July 14 - December 30, 2012

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. This exhibit explored the history of the institution, from its origins as a Swedish Lutheran hospital to its role in setting national standards for trauma care in the late 20th Century. Through artifacts, uniforms and personal stories, the exhibit examined how Emanuel has shaped medicine in Oregon and beyond.  


"Acknowledging the Past, Embracing the Future: A Glimpse into the History of Albina's Eliot Neighborhood"  

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, permanent exhibit unveiled October 6, 2012

This permanent exhibit at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center examined the history of the Eliot Neighborhood, within the Albina District in Portland, Oregon. Beginning with the opening of a new hospital building in the neighborhood in 1915, the exhibit highlighted the diversity of Eliot, from immigrant communities in the early 20th Century to a growing African American presence both prior to and following World War II. Much of the exhibit dealt with the affects of urban renewal projects in the neighborhood, with particular emphasis on the Emanuel Hospital Urban Renewal Project and the role that played in forever altering the community in Eliot.  



"Diversity in the Health Sciences"
Oregon Health & Science University, permanent exhibit unveiled June 29, 2011

The diversity wall explored the history of diversity in the health sciences, through two timelines. One narrative documented major diversity milestones in the United States. The second recognized diversity within the university through individuals, landmark legislation and organizations. I served as the consulting historian for this project, researching and writing the content, as well as identifying historic images for the exhibit. This exhibit was a collaboration with OHSU's Diversity Advisory Council and OHSU's Historical Collections & Archives. In 2012, the exhibit received the National Council on Public History's Excellence in Consulting Award.

"The Red Shield in the Rose City: 125 Years of The Salvation Army in Portland"
Oregon History Museum, September 15, 2011 - February 5, 2012
In 2011, The Salvation Army celebrated 125 years in Portland. I served as the guest curator of this exhibit, working closely with The Salvation Army Cascade Division and the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibit explored the birth of the organization in Great Britain, how the Army was established in Portland and explained the many symbols and characters that have defined the Army in the Rose City. Original uniforms, instruments and historic images helped tell the story of the one of the longest-running charitable organizations in Oregon.

"Soccer City, USA: The Portland Timbers and the NASL Years, 1975‐1982"
Oregon History Museum, April 15 - September 4, 2011

In April 2011, Oregon launched a new era in sports history with the start of the Portland Timbers’ inaugural season in Major League Soccer. Though Portland has many enthusiastic fans, few were aware of the long history of the Timbers soccer club. The exhibit presented the history of the original Portland Timbers, through photographs, videos, memorabilia, players’ artifacts and other items in an unmatched collection gathered together in one place. The exhibit brought together Alder, FC Media, Timbers alumni and fans, as well as organizations like the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Nike, to document the NASL era of the team.