Synopses & Reviews
Marylou Colver captures the quirky anecdotes of Lake Oswego's past. In the twentieth century, visionary real estate developers touted Oregon's Lake Oswego as an ideal place to "live where you play," a reputation the city maintains today. But this playful paradise is a far cry from the small town developed by iron company entrepreneurs in the nineteenth century. Colver, founder of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, chronicles the transition from gritty to pretty by recounting the people and events that shaped Lake Oswego. From bathing suit bans to a robot circus, enjoy the legacy of unusual facts, some recently discovered, that inspired Lake Oswego Vignettes.
About the Author
Marylou Colver is the founder and president of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization. In addition to writing the vignettes, a number of which were originally published in the City of Lake Oswego newsletter Hello LO, she has contributed articles on Lake Oswego's history to the online Oregon Encyclopedia and the Lake Oswego Review. Colver also conceived and authored two major exhibits: Lost Landmarks: The Fate of Historic Homes in Lake Oswego and Building Blocks: A Pictorial History of Lake Oswego Neighborhoods. She was awarded the City of Lake Oswego Historic Preservation Merit Award and the city's Unsung Hero Award for her preservation and local history efforts, including founding the Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour. Colver is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a BA in English from the University of California-Riverside and a master's of library science from the University of California-Berkeley. She lives in a 1925 bungalow designated as a City of Lake Oswego Landmark.