“[A] heck of a lot of fun to read…full of photographs that aren’t the usual suspects you see when you pick up a book abut Oregon history.”
“Native Oregonians and new web foots alike will find fascinating facts about their state.”
The rare photographs alone make this book worth the purchase price and I found myself learning more about Oregon in one sitting than I can ever remember.
(Powell's Books Blog
"More than just a coffee-table trophy, The Oregon Companion opens a window onto a distinctly Oregonian version of the past, one that leads (however unexpectedly) into our uncanny Oregonian present."
"Engeman has proved his mettle as a Pacific Northwest historian and archivist in this tremendous undertaking to coincide with Oregon's sesquicentennial." (News-Review
"If the Smithsonian Institution is America's attic, Engeman dusts off for us a cubbyhole of diversions and souvenirs that, taken together and viewed from a certain angle, create a pointillist portrait rather like a Chuck Close painting … If it will appear different to every reader who picks up The Oregon Companion
—that's no flaw. It's just life in a random state." (Oregonian
"The book is a handy guide to keep in the car while traveling because of the enticing information of the different sights in Oregon." (Southeast Examiner
"With its succinct entries and well-restored photographs, The Oregon Companion reads more like a riveting narrative—tales of bankers sneaking into Japan on dinghies to teach English to Samurai warriors in the 1800s." (Portland Monthly
"Once I started leafing through the chapters, I just couldn't put it down … Engeman's accessible writing style makes this book an engaging read for young and old alike."
"This engaging, fact-filled reference book is useful both for newcomers and for forgetful natives."
About the Author
Pacific Northwest historian and archivist Richard H. Engeman graduated from Reed College and holds graduate degrees from the University of Oregon and from the University of Washington. Formerly public historian of the Oregon Historical Society, he serves on the Portland Landmarks Commission and on the board of the Oregon Museums Association and the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program and is the principal of Oregon Rediviva LLC, a historical writing and consulting firm.