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St. Mary’s College & Black Friday

October 3, 2013


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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Introducing Fremont Older & The 1916 San Francisco Bombing

September 20, 2013


Courtesy John C. Ralston.

A tragic bombing. Two men falsely accused. One journalist seeking justice. On Saturday, July 22, 1916, as “Preparedness Day” parade units assembled south of San Francisco’s Market Street, a terrorist bomb exploded, killing ten people and wounding forty. San Francisco was outraged. Instead of searching for the perpetrators, however, the district attorney used the bombing […]

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Introducing Napa Valley Chronicles

July 30, 2013


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

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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New from American Heritage: Sacramento’s Historic Japantown

July 29, 2013


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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Lost Chapter: Sacramento Restaurants, Dining “Inn”

July 26, 2013


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

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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