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.


Recent press regarding Alder's work on various projects.




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Alder develops and presents educational lectures and workshops on a variety of subjects. The following is a partial list of past presentations.


“Beyond the Fence: Challenging the Narrative of the Japanese American Wartime Experience.” National Council on Public History Conference. Baltimore, MD. March 16-19, 2016.

“Japanese Farm Labor Camps in Malheur County, Oregon.” Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Portland, OR. February 28, 2016.

“The Japanese American Wartime Experience.” Senior Studies Institute at Portland Community College. Portland, OR. November 9, 2015.

“House History Workshop.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, OR. September 19, 2015.

“The Japanese American Wartime Experience.” Russellville Park. Portland, OR. June 14, 2015.  

“Japanese American Farm Labor Camps in Idaho during World War II.” Twin Falls Center for the Arts. Twin Falls, ID. June 11, 2015.  

“Nyssa, Oregon: The First Japanese American Farm Labor Camp.” Moses Lake Museum. Moses Lake, WA. April 2, 2015. 

“Personalizing the Japanese American Wartime Experience Through Oral Histories.” Northwest Oral History Association Oral History Workshop. Seattle, Washington. March 6, 2015.

“Researching the History of Your House.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. October 4, 2014.

“The Camp Without A Fence.” Four Rivers Cultural Center. Ontario, Oregon. September 13, 2014.

“Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II.” History Pub. Portland, Oregon. June 30, 2014.

“The State of Public History in the U.S.” Professional Historians Association, Victoria Chapter. Melbourne, Australia. November 13, 2013.

“Colonial Heights: A Forgotten Southeast Neighborhood.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. September 28, 2013.

“Oregon Architects Series: Roscoe DeLeur Hemenway.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. December 8, 2012.

“Making a Career as a Consulting Historian.” Northwest Independent Scholars Association. Portland, Oregon. September 13, 2012.

“A Future in Historical Consulting: Is It for You?” Northwest History Network. Portland, Oregon. June 20, 2012.

“The History of the King’s Hill Historic District.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. May 3, 2012.

“Exploring Portland’s Skidmore and Old Town District.” The Victorian Society in America. Portland, Oregon. May 27, 2011.

“The Evolution of Architectural Styles in the Yamhill Historic District,” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. May 14, 2011.

“Dorothea Lange’s Photographic Imagery of Great Depression Oregon and the Northwest.” Oregon State Library. Salem, Oregon. March 9, 2011.

“Documenting Your Family History Workshop.” Architectural Heritage Center. Portland, Oregon. February 14, 2011.