Goonies Never Say Die: Houstory Publishing visits Oregon Coast B&Bs

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving last week. Houstory has been busy the past few days in Oregon. Saw lots of great B&Bs, and met a ton of very nice folks. Here’s a shot from the beach in Pacific City, Ore.

If it looks familiar, it should: it’s Haystack Rock (see: “The Goonies.”) There are actually two Haystack Rocks along the Oregon coast: one at Cannon Beach and a slightly less famous one at Pacific City.

The “Goonies” scenes were actually shot in front of the Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, but you get the idea.

According to a article, the Pacific City rock is pretty darn big.

“The rock has an estimated height of 340.6 feet (103.8 m) as determined from Lidar data collected by our agency last year,” said Jonathan Allan, Coastal Geomorphologist and Coastal Section Team Leader with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, in their Newport office.

Yeah, that’s a big rock. If you’ve never been to the Oregon Coast, make it happen and go.

Goonies never say die.


Nonprofit Gala Auction to Feature Home History Book archival journal

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) will hold the Ninth Annual Peace Builder Awards Gala on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Majestic in Bellingham (1027 N. Forest Street).

The Gala will feature a silent auction, where a Home History Book archival journal will be auctioned off. All proceeds will go the WDRC.

During the gala, the center will honor its 2011 Peace Builders, hear their stories, be wined and dined by Boundary Bay with hors d’oeuvres and beer, with wine from Mt. Baker Vineyards. The Upfront Theater will be performing an improv show, with music provided by Lindsay Street all evening.

Buy your tickets online at, or in Bellingham at Boundary Bay Brewery, Village Books, or the downtown Community Food Co-op.

If you have any questions, please call 360-676-0122 or e-mail Ellie at

Built responsibly. Built to last.

Houstory Publishing’s overall company goal is pretty simple: we hope to make a product that we can be proud of — not something that adds more junk into the world. With that in mind, we were picky with the materials we chose during the creation of the Home History Book archival journal.

Our books are produced with environmental sustainability in mind. To this end, the book was printed on Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified paper. The FSC is a non-profit organization that encourages the responsible management of the world’s forests. It sets high standards that, “ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.”

Additionally, the pages are Green Seal™ certified. Green Seal is a third-party organization that verifies the percentage of recycled fiber used to manufacture paper. In this case, the book is made with 30 percent recycled post-consumer fiber.

For more information, visit

Five easy resources for unlocking your home’s secrets

I recently came across this article in Old-House Online’s newsletter. It’s a nice, bite-size tidbit on researching your home’s history.

Old-House Online: How To Research Your Home’s Past

The article highlights, “five easy-to-find resources can lead you to a whole new understanding of your old house.”

Additionally, the Houstory Publishing Research and Preservation Center has loads more information available. Happy home history hunting!

What’s the value in researching the history of a new home?

While it may not sound as intriguing as researching the beginning history of a 100-year-old property, researching your newer home’s story is not only easier — it tends to be a lot more accurate. That’s because you are the one who is relaying the story — a first-person account.

Documenting changes as they occur today will be helpful -- and valuable -- for homeowners tomorrow.

You are the best “historical” resource available and your knowledge of your home’s beginning and access to original documents and photos will be invaluable to future residents. Unlike owners who move into a 150-year-old home, for example, you have been there from the beginning and can provide a complete history. You — unlike anyone else — are in the perfect position to provide all of the information about your home’s early history with little or no research. You may have photos of your home during construction, before the landscaping was installed, of moving day or the first night you spent in your new home. These photos and stories will provide a wonderful and unique historical record for both visitors and residents in your home today and in the future.

Imagine their practical value, not to mention the historical interest they will generate 100 or even 10 years from now. For more information on researching your home history, visit