September 20, 2013

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Free Screening of Portland Noir

From shanghaied sailors to opium dens, Portland’s illicit past is legendary. “Mr. Chairman, I will state that there is one port on the Pacific Coast that has always been known as the greatest crimping den in America. I refer to the port of Portland.” —Andrew Furuseth, President, International Seamen’s Union, in testimony before Congress in […]

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July 30, 2013

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George L. Throne pear spraying crew 1911. Courtesy of Diane Dillon.

Introducing Napa Valley Chronicles

This September, History Press West looks forward to a new American Chronicles title from author Lauren Coodley: In 1905, Napa’s mayor, J.A. Fuller, announced, “Napa for half a century has been slumbering in a Rip Van Winkle sleep but she has awakened at last.” Back then, fifteen cents bought coffee and a donut at the […]

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July 29, 2013

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Fourth Street near Capitol Avenue. From left to right: Nippon Hotel, Kuroko photography, Suzuki’s Drugs, Mitsu Hardware, Matsuda Brothers Grocery. Courtesy Christine Umeda.

New from American Heritage: Sacramento’s Historic Japantown

History Press West is proud to introduce a new title from the American Heritage series and author Kevin Wildie: By 1910, Japanese pioneers had created a vibrant community in the heart of Sacramento—one of the largest Japantowns in California. Spilling out from Fourth Street, J Town offered sumo tournaments, authentic Japanese meals, Kabuki and eastern […]

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July 26, 2013

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El Mirador’s Sky Room was a cocktail lounge with Polynesian rhythms and a twice-weekly underwater ballet. Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room.

Lost Chapter: Sacramento Restaurants, Dining “Inn”

Serving up course after course of memories and recipes from Sacramento’s well-loved restaurants. In this special feature for History Press West, authors Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns share a lost chapter as a taste of their new book: Sacramento Restaurants: Dining “Inn” Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns Sacramento is one of the few cities in […]

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July 23, 2013

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Portland beer fans don’t mind standing in line for great craft beer. Photo courtesy of Timothy Horn and the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana

It’s not just because the beer is good, it’s because it’s ours. —Don Younger This week (July 24-July 28) throngs of crafts beer lovers will gather to celebrate at the 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival held in Portland’s Waterfront Park. This September, History Press West invites you to raise a pint to Portland’s storied brewing […]

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