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Iconic retailer Fred Meyer will be subject of the first program on Sunday, April 25

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The Gresham History Museum is relaunching its speaker series on Sunday, April 25, with a talk about iconic Portland merchant Fred Meyer.

The Gresham History Museum is relaunching its speaker series after a year-long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a talk about iconic Portland merchant Fred Meyer.

The first talk will be by Fred Leeson, a Portland author, historian and journalist, who will talk about Fred Meyer, and his book "My-Te-Fine Merchant."

Leeson will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25. The talk will be held at the Museum at 410 N. Main Ave. Face masks are required and social-distancing protocols will be observed.

Leeson has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. He was a reporter at The Oregon Journal from 1972 to 1982 and The Oregonian from 1982 to 2007. He also was an adjunct journalism professor at Concordia University in Portland.

In 2014, Leeson wrote 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.

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.


Gresham History Museum

Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Where: 410 N. Main Ave.

Cost: Admission is free

Safety: Masks required, social distancing observed

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