The Oregon Historical Society Museum Store features a wide selection of books from local and regional authors. All publications featured on this page are available for purchase in the museum store.
Looking for a particular book or subject? Call the Museum Store at 503.306.5230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon and World War II
The following titles available in the Museum Store explore aspects of Oregon history relating to World War II. You can learn about the other World War II books available for purchase by contacting the Museum Store by phone or email.
Waging War on the Home Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War II
Chauncey Del French, edited by Lois Leonard and Ted Van Arsdol
Chauncey French and his wife, Jessie, were among the hundreds of thousands of workers recruited by Henry Kaiser under the U.S. Maritime Commission for the nation's wartime emergency shipbuilding program. The memoir that French began while working as a pipe fitter in the Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver, Washington, provides a first-hand account of the sometimes tense and often humorous intermingling of people — including women and African Americans in unprecedented numbers — from different backgrounds who learned to work together for a common cause. The editors have selected and annotated more than 150 illustrations that capture the human drama, teamwork, and camaraderie that made the incredible level of production at the shipyards possible.
Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River
Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) from Hood River who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics. These courageous soldiers not only endured the horrors of war but a racist homecoming in which town leaders, including veterans' groups, tried to prevent their return and even removed their names from a local war memorial. This book also includes the little known story of local Nisei veterans who spent 40 years appealing their convictions for insubordination.
Camp Adair: The Story of a World War II Cantonment
John H. Baker
Located six miles north of Corvallis, the hastily constructed Camp Adair served as a training camp for soldiers during World War II. This detailed history of the cantonment recalls not only the place but the trainees who would soon be thrust into combat. The book is filled with photographs and illustrations that speak to the life of the men and women in the camp. Also included are reminiscences of a German prisoner or war, a war bride, and several men who trained there.
Righteous Might: One Man's Journey through War in the Pacific
This is the World War II memoir based on the combat experiences of Sergeant Leonard Gordon who served in the U.S. Army's 6th Infantry Division in New Guinea and The Philippines, earning three bronze star commendations for bravery and three purple hearts. His first-person story takes the reader from his life as a teenager in depression-era Chicago, through basic training at Camp Adair (affectionately called Swamp Adair by new recruits), and on to his foxhole view of combat in the sweltering Pacific.
Current Exhibition Reading
Posters of World Wars I and II CD-ROM and Book
This collection of 120 royalty-free full-color clip art images includes many examples of posters on display as part of the The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II. Featured in both the exhibition and this book are the moving and persuasive images created by Howard Chandler Christy, G.R. Macauley, Lawrence Beale Smith, Seymour R. Goff, and Joseph Hirsch. High-quality digital files of each of the posters can be found on the included CD-ROM so that you can easily use these compelling visuals on documents, websites, or social media.
African Americans of Portland
Oregon Black Pioneers and Kimberly Stowers Moreland
A perfect companion to the A Community of the Move exhibition is this visual account of African Americans who have helped shape Portland. From the small population of African Americans in the middle of the 1800s who settled in Portland defying Oregon's legal exclusion of free blacks to those who have ascended to positions of prominence in government, business, and education in recent decades, this work details the history of some of the most notable black pioneers. A full chapter is dedicated to those who served in the armed forces during World War II and those who migrated to Portland and worked in the Kaiser Shipyards.
Toward the Beloved Community: The First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1865-2015
In connection with The First Unitarian Church of Portland: 150 Years of Activism exhibition is this history of the church, from its founding by the Ladies' Sewing Society and its first minister, Rev. Thomas Lamb Eliot, to the large, engaged church it is today. This book presents the history of the First Unitarian Church in the context of its times. Attentive to beliefs and actions related to the structural inequalities of society such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, the book describes the core spiritual values of the church and how and why those beliefs have evolved in an ever-changing world.
Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Morris Bishop
Like the Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making exhibition, to which the author was a contributor, Living with Thunder introduces the general reader and geological non-specialist to the amazing history of the Pacific Northwest's geology. This lively and engaging account of the volcanoes, faults, water, and ice that have shaped the land is augmented with stunning color photographs, maps, and time charts. Bishop also examines the confluence between scientific findings and Native American documentation of several major geologic events; the title of her book harks to the Klamath Indian recounting of Mount Mazama's cataclysmic eruption.
New and Noteworthy
Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail: 40 Consecutive Day Hikes from the Columbia River Gorge to the California Border
This practical trail guide weaves together a unique hiking experience with a better understanding of the history, personalities, and places that make the Oregon Coast so special. Most of the hikes described are accompanied with mile-by-mile maps and useful tips such as knowing which hikes are tide dependent, and how to arrange for boat rides. Along with historic and present day photographs the book also includes fascinating stories about the places you will encounter. Who was Matt Kramer? Which lighthouse became a columbarium? How did The Hollering Place get its name?
At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859
Melinda Marie Jette
In this social history of French Prairie, so named for the French-Indian families who resettled the homeland of the Ahantchuyuk Kalapuyans, the author challenges Oregon's founding mythology that the Willamette Valley was an empty Eden awaiting settlement by hardy American pioneers. It offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the bi-racial French-Indian families whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion. For a limited time the Museum Store has copies signed by the author available for purchase.
Oregon Historical Society Press Books
While the OHS Press is no longer in operation, limited copies of press books are available through the Museum Store. If you are interested in ordering an OHS Press book, please contact the Museum Store at email@example.com or 503-306-5230 for price and availability.
OHS recognizes the importance of Oregon authors, and invites the community to join us for our annual holiday book sale and signing, Holiday Cheer! Visit with local authors of all genres who have published in the current year, and have a book personally signed for the perfect holiday gift! Holiday Cheer is always on the first Sunday in December, and is free and open to the public.
Oregon Historical Quarterly
The Oregon Historical Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, public history journal, has been published continuously since 1900 by the Oregon Historical Society, an independent, nonprofit organization. OHQ brings well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to both scholars and a general audience. With a circulation of around 4,500, OHQ is one of the largest state historical society journals in the United States and is a recognized and respected source for the history of the Pacific Northwest region.
Interested in receiving the entire issue of OHQ in your mailbox or exploring 115 years of issues online? Become a member today!
"Criminal Operations": The First Fifty Years of Abortion Trials in Portland, Oregonby Michael Helquist
"The Job was Big, but the Man Doing it was Bigger": The Forgotten Role of Thomas B. Watters in Klamath Termination, 1953–1958
by Matthew Villeneuve
A Foreigner's View of Oregon: The Portland Photography of E.O. Hoppé
by Jennifer Strayer
Western Landscape Photography: Then and Now
by Rachel McLean Sailor
P.I.B. P¡ng: A Kansan in 1880s Oregon
by Lynn Summers
How Do You Celebrate a County's Centennial?
by Jarold Ramsey
Single and Back Issue Purchases
Looking for a copy of a specific issue? Most issues of OHQ are still in print and available for purchase. Issues of the Oregon Historical Quarterly are available from the OHS Museum Store.
In-print issues, Volume 110 to present, 2009-present: $12.00 each
In-print issues, Volume 103 to 109, 2002-2008: $10.00 each
In-print issues, Volume 1 to Volume 102, 1900-2001: $8.00 each
Contact the Museum Store
For more information or to place an order:
Oregon Historical Society Museum Store
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 306-5230
Fax: (503) 221-2035