Monday, July 27, 2020


Walking with Ramona: Finding Beverly Cleary’s 1920s Oregon

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Walking with Ramona: Finding Beverly Cleary’s 1920s Oregon

Walking with Ramona: Finding Beverly Cleary’s 1920s Oregon

Presented by Laura Foster, Author

Born in 1916 as a proud descendent of Oregon Trail pioneers, Beverly Bunn Cleary grew up in Yamhill and Portland. As a third grader at Portland’s Gregory Heights School, she earned her first writing credit, with a book review of The Story of Doctor Doolittle for the Oregon Journal. At age 34, with her first book, Henry Huggins, she became a best-selling author. Later, her two autobiographies offered a rare, girl’s-eye view of Depression-era Portland. Today at age 103, Beverly lives in Carmel, California and has sold over 91 million books, many based on vividly told stories about her Oregon childhood.

Join guidebook author Laura O. Foster for a tour of Beverly’s Oregon, from an era long before Portland was anyone’s idea of a vacation destination. With images and stories from her new guidebook, Walking with Ramona, Laura will lead you on a virtual tour of our state as Beverly saw it and as it is today. 

About the Speaker:

Laura O. Foster writes books about exploring the less-trod pathways and places of the Pacific Northwest. Her seven books include Portland Hill Walks, Columbia Gorge Getaways, Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland, and The Portland Stairs Book. An Oregonian since 1989, she lives with her husband (another Oregon Trail descendant) in Northwest Portland.

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp