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New from American Heritage: Sacramento’s Historic Japantown

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.

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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Women Trailblazers of California Finalist for San Diego Book Awards

May 21, 2013

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Supreme Court of California (1978-1979). Courtesy of California Judicial Center Library.

Congratulations to authors Gloria Harris and Hannah Cohen whose History Press book Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present is a 2013 San Diego Book Awards finalist! Among their many accomplishments, Dr. Gloria Harris is an inductee to the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame while Hannah Cohen is serving as a board member […]

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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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Interview with Polina Olsen, Author of Stories from Jewish Portland

August 15, 2011

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AK: How did you first become interested in the stories of Portland’s Jewish community? PO: I became interested when I moved to a house in John’s Landing and learned that the neighborhood next store was once home to Jewish immigrants. All four grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe but like many others, I never thought to […]

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