Images of America: Oregon’s Capitol Buildings

capitols250“Images of America: Oregon’s Capitol Buildings” focuses on the storied and controversial history of the structures that have housed Oregon state government since territorial days.

Most people are aware of the great fire in 1935 that destroyed the capitol, but many no nothing about the suspicious fire that leveled Oregon’s first capitol after becoming a state – a fire that may have been intentionally set, though no one can prove it.

Learn about the leaders who championed the capitol buildings and the many models and trials that took place before a brick was laid.

I also cover Willson Park which is the area west of the current capitol building and was nearly completely destroyed by a wind storm in the early 1960s.

This book should be of interest to anyone who lives in Oregon, has ever visited the current state capitol, or is studying Oregon history. It is available at the capitol bookstore as well as many others around Salem and statewide.

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More bookstores:

  • ·         American West Books
  • ·         Baker & Taylor Books
  • ·         Barnes and Noble Distribution
  • ·         Craft Warehouse #13 (Gresham)
  • ·         Craft Warehouse #4 (Medford)
  • ·         Ingram Book Company
  • ·         Padrac, LLC
  • ·         Partners West
  • ·         Book Bin
  • ·         Capitol Gift Shop
  • ·         Oak Tree Pharmacy
  • ·         E.Z. Orchards

Images of America: McMinnville

mcminnvilleImages of America: McMinnville traces the history and people of McMinnville, Oregon. I have once again teamed up with author and genealogist Christy Van Heukelem.

William Newby had a vision to create a place of commerce and residence for settlers to the Willamette Valley. Newby named the town after his hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee, and saw plenty of local opportunities on his land, straddling an old Native American trail along what is now Baker Street. Newby had a millstone shipped from Oregon City so grain could be ground at his mill. Soon, a blacksmith shop and a general store attracted people to an expanding village. In 1866, the area’s first newspaper began publication and would later become the McMinnville News-Register. Newby donated land for a college, built churches, warehouses, mills, and stores. The city was incorporated in 1882, shortly after the arrival of the railroad. Since then, McMinnville has become the center of population and government for Yamhill County. It sports many modern industries and retains the charm of the historic city along Third Street.

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Images of America: Newberg

newbergcoverThe land that became the city of Newberg played a crucial role in the founding of the state of Oregon. It provided the second permanent encampment after Fort Astoria for trappers coming to the Pacific Northwest. Ewing Young came to Oregon in 1834, claiming as his own a vast stretch of land around his home in the Chehalem Valley. When Ewing died without a will, nearby residents gathered to settle Ewing’s estate. This event led directly to the vote at Champoeg to make Oregon part of the United States. The town’s name was given by pioneer Sebastian Brutscher after his Bavarian hometown of Neuburg. Other settlers arrived, and soon Newberg was a thriving pioneer town.

Images of America: Newberg is available at book stores and other places around Newberg including Chapters, Fred Meyer, The Cameo Theater, and Naps. You can also order from
Also see a story on the book by the Newberg Graphic.
Here are the locations where you can purchase the book:

Fred Meyer
Chapters Bookstore Newberg, OR
Coffee Cottage Newberg, OR
Janis Jewelry & Gifts Newberg, OR
Naps Thriftway Newberg, Or
Showcase of Flowers Newberg, OR
Yamhills Gallery & Gifts Newberg, OR
The Cameo Theater

Images of America Salem

salemPublished by Arcadia Press, Images of America: Salem charts the history of Oregon’s capital from the first Native Americans who favored the area as a winter campground, through its vital place as the state’s capital city. Told by way of hundreds of historic photos and extended captions, this book shows the people, institutions, events, and places that make Salem one of the most interesting cities in Oregon.

The book is co-authored with research Christy Van Heukelem.

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Click here to see the book on Arcadia’s website

Holy Bible Mosaic

holybiblemosaicThe Holy Bible Mosaic is now on sale. Check it out at

I contributed one of the devotionals to this Bible. I chose worship as my theme and wrote the devotional based on the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet. You might not think that relates to worship, but it does! Read my blog post about the experience of writing a meditation for this Bible.

It was quite an honor to be included in this project. I encourage you to pick up one of these new Bibles soon!

Oregon At Work

oregon at workOregon at Work details the working lives of Oregon families from 1859 to the present. I interviewed family members descended from Oregon pioneers to gather historic photos and stories of what it was like to live and work in the state 150 years ago. The book details both personal stories and high level descriptions of what types of jobs Oregonians performed, how much they got paid, and what they spent their money on. This project was done for the state of Oregon Employment Department as part of the agency’s commemoration of Oregon’s 150th birthday. All proceeds from the book benefit the graduate publishing program at Portland State University. The author’s receive no remuneration for this work.

Here is what one reader said about the book: Oregon at Work transports the reader back in time as they learn about what it was like to work in the 1850’s, the 1900’s, the 1950’s and today. The authors skillfully weave personal stories and photographs of 20 pioneer families with historical research and economic statistics to give readers an accurate picture of the life of working Oregonians. Meet the founder of the town of Carlton, a farmer/legislator from 1862, an End of the Trail resort owner, the one room schoolhouse teacher, and the blacksmith. Then jump ahead 50 years and meet their descendants. As the reader moves through time they see a reoccurring theme, Oregonians are strong and resilient people. This book offers readers an opportunity to be encouraged by where we were and hope for where we are going.

Read more about the book on our publisher’s website: Ooligan Press

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