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St. Mary’s College & Black Friday

October 3, 2013

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Saint Mary’s College in 2009. Courtesy of St. Mary's College.

As Saint Mary’s College of California celebrates its sesquicentennial, the History Press looks forward to a new book chronicling the college’s enduring legacy. In this special History Press West feature, author and historian Ronald Eugene Isetti offers a unique look at one of the critical points in St. Mary’s College history. Black Friday Ronald Eugene […]

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Inside Oregon State Hospital with Diane Goeres-Gardner

April 1, 2013

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Oregon State Hospital. Courtesy of Diane Goeres Gardner.

In this interview with History Press West, author Diane L. Goeres-Gardner offers a behind-the-scenes take on her new book Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History of Tragedy & Triumph. As Howard Baumann writes: “Ms. Goeres-Gardner balances the unique and complex history of the Oregon State Hospital with the art of the storyteller. This well researched […]

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Montana’s Grandest Mercantile Establishment

July 31, 2012

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Stylized illustration of Missoula Mercantile Company. #001 VIII 78-12 170 Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

The History Press is delighted to announce another western addition to the press’ Landmark Department Store series: The Missoula Mercantile: The Store That Ran An Empire by Minie Smith. From its log cabin beginnings at a dusty crossroads in Montana Territory, the Missoula Mercantile grew to become the largest department store between Minneapolis and Seattle. […]

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“Weinstock’s was distinctly Sacramento; it was ours.”

July 22, 2012

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David Lubin’s One Price Store became the Mechanics’ Store sometime around Harris Weinstock’s arrival in Sacramento, c. 1878. Courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History, Weinstock-Lubin Collection

Weinstock, Lubin, and Co. was a Sacramento shopping institution for over a century. With theatrical window displays, a unique children’s department, and a touch of big city fashion, the store beckoned to customers from throughout Northern California. In this interview with History Press West, Annette Kassis shares some of the history behind Sacramento’s signature department […]

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Department Stores: Icons of Twentieth Century Extravagance

November 21, 2011

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Etching of Missoula Mercantile. The Macy's Collection 2010.003

Step into elegance and remember a time when department stores were the cornerstones of downtown. Tearooms, gift wrap, escalators, perfume counters, and window displays. There was something captivating about that old-time shopping experience and the landmark businesses that defined a way of life. Stores like Marshall Field’s, Burdine’s, and Weinstock’s provided an exceptional shopping experience […]

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