Multcolib Holgate Picks: Explore Portland History

Spenser Goes to Portland
Spenser Goes to Portland Book - 2008 jE SPENSER 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:For little history buffs: A small terrier with a taste for adventure explores our area’s history and geography, going to the Rose Gardens, the Oregon Food Bank, the Gorge, and, of course, Powell’s.

Sweet Cakes, Long Journey
Sweet Cakes, Long Journey The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon By Wong, Marie Rose Book - 2004 979.549 W872s 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:At the turn of the last century, we had the second-largest Chinese population in the U.S. This scholarly work provides an important chapter in our social history.

Portland's Streetcars
Portland's Streetcars By Thompson, Richard Martin Book - 2006 388.46 T475p 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Folks intrigued by photos of the old electric cars on the TriMet buses can learn more here.

The Portland Red Guide
The Portland Red Guide Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past By Munk, Michael Book - 2007 979.549 M966p 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Portland’s own "People’s History", carefully researched and unabashedly left-leaning.

A History of South Portland
A History of South Portland By Leflar, Stephen Book - 2010 979.549 L4938h 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Remember Urban Renewal? How about the WWII shipyards at Ross Island?

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon Its History and Builders in Connection With the Antecedent Explorations, Discoveries and Movements of the Pioneers That Selected the Site for the Great City of the Pacific By Gaston, Joseph Book - 1911 OREGON 979.51 G25 Available in some locations

Annotation:Three volumes from 1911. A great city deserves a long title! Library use only.

Pearl Tea
Pearl Tea Historical Stories of Lents, Oregon, 1861-1954 By Bunch, Judith Quinlin Book - 2008 979.549 B942p 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:An illustrated, lovingly detailed history of our own backyard.

Vanishing Portland
Vanishing Portland By Bottenberg, Ray Book - 2008 979.549 B751v 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:A history in photographs of what used to be: Vanport, businesses, streetcars, and our skyline before Mt. St. Helens’ 1980 eruption.

Annotation:A collection of wonderful historical photographs of the area.

Annotation:This short overview was created by Portland Public Schools.

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Welcome to the Holgate Branch of Multnomah County Library. Our library system offers rich resources to help you explore the history of your family, your neighborhood – maybe even your house! Though many research materials are located only at the Central Library in downtown Portland, Holgate Library can offer several wonderful examples of local history. Here is a sample.

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