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A stockpile of history awaits in the Astoria Library basement
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 13, 2017 12:01AM

“If you like any or all of these — books, libraries, Astoria history, treasure hunts — then I urge you to take a tour of the library basement led by Jimmy Pearson, the Astoria Public Library director,” Laurie Caplan wrote.

“Oh my gosh, what a treat! He and his staff — assisted by archivists, John Goodenberger, other local experts, the college’s historic preservation students, and others — are discovering, cataloging, and rejoicing in a treasure trove of furniture, documents and memorabilia.”

A Purple Heart citation is just one of the many treasures that has been found, along with wills, letters, old photos and fishermen’s ledgers. Pictured, a 1728 family Bible, courtesy of Danny Miller/The Daily Astorian. Interested in a tour? There are only two slots left: At 11 a.m. Oct. 23, and at 1 p.m. Oct. 30. You can sign up by going to the library or by calling 503-325-7323.

“And, Jimmy is a wonderful guide,” Laurie added. “I think our tour of 10 would’ve stayed in the basement for way longer just to share in his excitement.”


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