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History Pub talks about the birth of the Portland Timbers

"The 1975 Portland Timbers" - where it all beganRCTID! Join us on Tuesday, January 28, for an evening with Michael Orr, podcaster and local author of The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA.

In this History Pub talk, Michael Orr takes a look back at the first season of the Timbers team in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the NASL Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname “Soccer City USA.” Learn more about the team that inspired huge crowds and featured stars like Peter Withe and Willie Anderson.

“Soccer City, USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers” with Michael Orr
Tuesday, January 28
6:30 PM -8:00 PM
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins
Free admission

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

History Pub starts Tuesday, March 26

Come join us at our first History Pub!

Come join us at our first History Pub!

In collaboration with the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins, the Wilsonville Public Library presents History Pub!

Learn about Oregon history in a local historical site (The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins) on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. Attendance is free of charge, but of course you are welcome to purchase food and drink to enjoy with your history lecture. Doors open at 5:30 P.M.

The first lecture is next Tuesday, March 26, about slavery in the Oregon Territory (to answer your question: Yes, there were slaves in Oregon!),  presented by local historian and journalist Greg Nokes. Find out more on the library’s calendar page.

We’re excited about this series of lectures and hope you will join us!

History Pub: Slavery in the Oregon Territory
Tuesday, March 26
6:30-8:00 P.M.  Doors open at 5:30 P.M.
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Dewey Talks about Oregon history tonight

Roanoake Inn

Old Wilsonville bar scene at the Roanoake Inn

How much do you know about Oregon history? If you’re like me, you’re lucky to know that we’re the Beaver State (even for those of us who went to the University of Oregon), and that those Lewis and Clark guys came out for a visit sometime around 1800.

Find out more tonight (Thursday, February 2) at 6:30 p.m. with Darrell Jabin. Darrell helped put together the state issued almanac and fact book The Oregon Blue Book as well as a 37-minute video showcasing 100 years of publication and the process to recreate the original Commemorative Edition 1911 Oregon Blue Book.

The video is filled with historical vignettes including women winning the right to vote, the fire that destroyed the Capitol, the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration, and the Columbus Day Storm.

For that matter, how much do you know about Wilsonville history? (Or perhaps I should say “Boones Landing.”) Discover Wilsonville’s history with these Library resources:

  • See photographs from the early days of Wilsonville and read what local citizens had to say about those early days with the Wilsonville Community Historic Views and Talk on the Library website.
  • For an outstanding collection of photographs from the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, visit the Emery and Alice Aden Digital Image Collection, also on the Library website.
  • Want something more analog? Then drop by the Library on Monday, February 13th, for “Heritage Day” as part of the Library’s 30th birthday celebration week. We will have special exhibits that day of photos and artifacts of Old Wilsonville, as well as “Beginner’s Genealogy” classes to help folks learn how to trace their family tree.
  • And did I mention that we have an outstanding collection of local and regional history in our “Heritage Collection.”  This rapidly growing Collection is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest and most easily accessible public collections for genealogical research in Oregon. Besides shelving for over 2500 books, it includes a couple of large microfilm cabinets, several microfilm readers, and a computer for using CD-ROM databases and accessing genealogical material on the Internet.

For questions about all things historical and genealogical, contact Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Dewey Talks about Oregon history through maps Thursday, July 7

U.S. historical map

Maps - no line is permanent

In conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program “Novel Destinations”

Sure, the Columbia River divides Washington and Oregon, but what explains the other boundaries of our state? Why are the county lines where they are, and how have they changed over the years?

Using maps from his own personal collection, historian Robert Hamm will show how cartographic processes changed from the 1500’s to the late 1800’s, and how people saw their world.

As Europeans and Americans began to understand the land masses, they drew boundaries based on presumption and on the political climate of the times. View authentic antique maps of the world and the U.S., particularly the West and specifically Oregon. Discover how Oregon county lines changed for various reasons.

Presenter Robert Hamm is an historian with special interest in maps and local history. He taught high school English for many years and was a school administrator in the Portland area. He currently runs a teacher-preparation program at a university in Portland.


Dewey Talks: “Mapping the West” presented by historian Robert Hamm
Thursday, July 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

“Early Portland: Stumptown Triumphant 1831-1854″ by Eugene E. Snyder

Title/Author: “Early Portland: Stumptown Triumphant 1831-1854″ by Eugene E. Snyder

Genre: Non-fiction – early Portland/Willamette Valley history

Rating: 4 out of 5

WV Reader Review: This history chronicles the development of Portland, OR, as a rival to Milwaukie and St. Helens for the dominant townsite on the Willamette. The book does an excellent job exploring the various factors such as anchorage, sand bars, relations with England, California Gold Rush, etc. all play into the development of the Rose City.

“Vanishing Portland” by Ray and Jeanna Bottenberg

"Vanishing Portland" by Ray and Jeanna Bottenberg

"Vanishing Portland" by Ray and Jeanna Bottenberg

Title/Author: “Vanishing Portland” by Ray and Jeanna Bottenberg

Genre: Non-fiction – Portland Oregon

Rating: 3 out of 5

WV Reader Review: As with most of the “Images of America” series, this collection is long on the pictures and short on the story. Though filled wtih an excellent cross-section of pictures from Portland’s past, the varied subject matter almost covers too wide a scale. Captions provide only a sentence of the many places with decades of story.

“Portland Names and Neighborhoods: Their Historic Origins” by Eugene E. Snyder

Title/Author: “Portland Names and Neighborhoods: Their Historic Origins” by Eugene E. Snyder

Genre: Non-fiction – Portland history and geography

Rating: 4 out of 5

WV Reader Review: Every wonder where the name of your neighborhood or Portland street originated from? This history of the growth of the Rose City traces the incorporation of new neighborhoods. A great read for every Portland resident.