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GHS Speaker Series: April 25th – The Fred Meyer Story
April 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
We are pleased to announce that the Gresham History Museum is now open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. On Sundays, we are open from 12 noon to 4 pm. Since being closed for the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have not had a history program for well over a year. Beginning on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 2 pm, we will kick-off our speaker series for 2021 by hosting Fred Leeson with a history talk about Fred Meyer, My-Te-Fine Merchant.
Fred Leeson is a Portland author, historian, and journalist who has lived in Portland, Oregon, almost steadily since his arrival as an adolescent in 1961 from Helena, Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from the Lewis & Clark Law School. Leeson was a reporter on Multnomah County government for The Oregon Journal from 1972 to 1982, and at The Oregonian from 1982 to 2007. He also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Concordia University in Portland.
In 2014, Leeson authored the book My-Te-Fine Merchant, a biography of one-stop-shopping innovator Fred G. Meyer. In 1973, Leeson, then 24, spent about an hour interviewing Fred Meyer, who was 87. During those minutes, Meyer displayed many of the traits reflected in this book.
Leeson’s earlier books are Rose City Justice, a history of the Portland legal community, and Multnomah, a history of Multnomah County, written with Jewel Lansing. Leeson served as a long-time president of the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, an architectural preservation education and advocacy organization that owns and operates the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. His talk will include historic information specific to Fred Meyer’s stores in Gresham and Rockwood. Face masks are required, and we will observe social-distancing protocols.