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Portland’s Lost Waterfront Reviewed by Willamette Week

February 10, 2013

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U.S.S. Oregon, with the 6-pounder gun and crewmen. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-20838.

“Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront: What do you do with a drunken sailor?” Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night: drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent as sailor slaves on boats to China, never to be seen again. Families wept; children […]

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Portland in the 1960s Signing Event & Book Review

October 24, 2012

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Jim Gilbert (left) doles out free soup in Lair Hill Park. Courtesy Emery Ingham

Tonight Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00PM at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing, join History Press author Polina Olsen for a special signing of Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the Counterculture. When did the Sixties begin in Portland? Was it when Karl Leopold Metzenberg opened the Caffe Espresso, the city’s first Italian coffeehouse, in 1958? […]

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Bill Gladstone Reviews Stories from Jewish Portland

April 30, 2012

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AZA in front of old JCC courtesy Larry Mudrick

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of strolling through South Portland with author Polina Olsen. She pointed out the remaining landmarks from Portland’s once-upon-a-time immigrant neighborhood and shared some of the stories that she’s collected from residents. Thanks to her descriptions, I was able to imagine the kosher deli on the corner and the […]

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Lake Oswego Vignettes Signing Event & Book Review

April 13, 2012

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Photograph courtesy of Lake Oswego Public Library

Enjoying the charms of Lake Oswego, Oregon, this weekend? Saturday, April 14, from 2 to 6 pm, Matthew’s Galleries will host a book signing event for Marylou Colver’s recently published Lake Oswego Vignettes. More about the book after the jump. “Illiterate cows, an electric pig and world-class water skiers. They’re all part of Lake Oswego’s […]

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The Way We Were in San Diego is reviewed by the North County Times

December 28, 2011

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Charles Lindbergh standing alongside his Spirit of St. Louis. Courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to read more nonfiction and to know more about the history of our region, a new book from a local author will set you on the right path. You might even prop it up on the treadmill that you swore would be used for more than a clothes […]

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