On July 7, 2008, Arcadia Publishing released a new book entitled The Portuguese in San Leandro, a photographic history of Portuguese culture in San Leandro.
Current indications of San Leandro's Portuguese history include the União Portuguesa do Estado da Califórnia (Portuguese Union of California or U.P.E.C.), which was established in San Leandro in 1880, the annual Holy Ghost festival, the Holy Ghost Chapel and Ides Hall, and the monumument to the Portuguese immigrant at Root Park.
The book is part of Arcadia's Images of America series, which has produced more than 3,000 similar books focusing on the photographic histories of towns and local cultures throughout the United States. The author, Meg Rogers, is a volunteer with the Milpitas Historical Society, who also wrote The Portuguese in San Jose. It was while she was researching that book at the J.A. Freitas Library at UPEC in San Leandro, that she found the information published in her newest book.
Autographed copies of the book are available at A World of Books, located at 137 Pelton Center Way in San Leandro.
Arcadia Publishing will also be publishing a photographic history of San Leandro authored by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons, known to San Leandrans as Cindy Simons, in October 2008, entitled San Leandro.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 21, 2008 2:59 PM | TrackBack