Friday, December 05, 2008

Portland in pictures

Local author Donald R. Nelson has just published a new book on Portland history: The South Park Blocks, a neighborhood history is now available for purchase, just in time for the Christmas holiday.

We here in Historical Collections & Archives became aware of the new project several months ago, when Nelson was searching for information on L. Victoria Hampton, MD, an 1889 graduate of the Willamette University Medical Department. Hampton maintained an office at 475 W. Park from 1896 through 1920. The South Park Blocks features Dr. Hampton's office and an illustration of her by Nelson (we have no photographs of her here in the collections, alas).

You can talk with Nelson about his new endeavor, and meet other Oregon authors and artists, at Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors and Artists being held this Sunday, December 7, at the Oregon Historical Society. A complete list of participants is available from the OHS web site. Plus, I see that there will be juice, cookies, and vodka--just what the economy ordered!