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Maxine Brooks Telephone Interview

By Tim Hills | March 4, 2010 |

Maxine Brooks Telephone Interview

February 24 and March 8, 1999

Maxine Brooks was born around 1912. In 1923, when she was about 11, Maxine started taking ballet lessons at the Hotel Elberton [now McMenamins Hotel Oregon] in McMinnville…

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An Olympic Club Reunion

By Tim Hills | March 2, 2010 |

In the early 1970s, the reunion at Centralia of two talented friends fueled a wellspring of creative energy that resulted in intimate, unapologetic portrayals of two infamous Centralia subjects steeped in secrecy and intrigue– the 1919 Armistice Day Tragedy and the Olympic Club.

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Edgefield Room 301

By Tim Hills | February 27, 2010 |

Room 301 honors Joseph E. Penney, an iconic figure of early-day Portland, whose lifetime of peaks and valleys was the stuff of legend – so much so, Edgefield Distillery named a fine American Dry Gin after him…..

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First History Blog

By Tim Hills | January 30, 2010 |

Welcome to the cyber catacombs of McMenamins history. It’s a wondrous, multi-layered and lyrical realm brimming with life, from the day-to-day to the extraordinary.   

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