Tag Archives: Polina Olsen

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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Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the Counterculture

August 1, 2012

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Life at Fort Tricia Nixon during the 1970 PSU Student Strike. Lester Lamm is seated in the chair flashing a peace sign. Courtesy City of Portland Archives,  A2004-005.

In this interview with History Press West’ s Jessica Harrington, returning author Polina Olsen discusses the lure of the 1960s and the Rose City’s contributions to one of the most vibrant eras in US history. In her newest book, Olsen combines historic research and interviews with Portlanders to go beyond the iconic images of the […]

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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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Stories from Jewish Portland is reviewed by The Oregonian

December 3, 2011

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Polina Olsen stands at a Lair Hill intersection and points to the site where a Jewish mail-order bride from Ukraine once lived with her husband, a Jewish farmer from South Dakota. They lived not too far from a barn that housed the horses of the many Jewish junk peddlers who lived and plied their trade […]

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History Press Releases First Portland Book

October 12, 2011

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The History Press is proud to announce Stories from Jewish Portland by Polina Olsen is now available for preorder through The History Press website. Look for the book in Portland stores in November. These are the stories of Jewish Portland, whose roots stretch back to the Gold Rush, whose heart is ‘the old neighborhood’ of South […]

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