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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.

“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.