Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, Untamed Dreams – Faces of America, which will be available for sale at our booth at “Dia de Portugal” Festival, at San Jose Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, California. For your convenience, you may also order it online at: http://portuguesebooks.org/books/untamed-dreams-faces-of-america/.
Untamed Dreams – Faces of America is designed as a 393 page semi-hard cover, profusely illustrated, limited edition book that brings together individual immigrant’s life stories that represent the qualities that have long distinguished the Portuguese community of California.
In today’s political climate in which immigration seems to be at the very center of our political discord, we are very proud to bring to you the profiles of individual immigrants, many of whom lived or are living very quiet lives away from the public eye, but whose actions, determination and caring character make every one of them a good example of the great human qualities that make America this very special place on earth.
Portuguese Heritage Publications is an all volunteer based, non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc.
P.O. Box 32056
San Jose, CA 95152
By Phone: (408) 272-1222 or, email: email@example.com
I recently visited an elementary school in Marin County – site where Maria and the Lost Calf took place…..
Margarida Da Silva and I visited three different second grade classes throughout the day, and shared stories from the past… as they are studying Immigration, Pioneers, and more. Margarida shared how she came to America and brought some lovely mementos, and the Azorean flag- the children enjoyed them all! I read part of my book, and Margarida read part in Portuguese, and the children were captivated!
Maria and the Lost Calf is a wonderful children’s book for us to share in classrooms throughout California… it aligns with California State Curriculum Frameworks for History/Social Science for second, third, and fourth grades. Examples:
Grade 2 – 2.1: Students differentiate between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday.
Grade Three: Our Local History: Discovering Our Past and Our Traditions
Grade Four – 4.2 Students describe social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California, from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
Please contact www.PortugueseBooks.Org for a school visit by the author of Maria and the Lost Calf, if you are interested, or would like to acquire copies for your classes, school libraries, book fairs or simply as a Christmas Holiday gift for the children in your family.
“As I am reading your wonderful book, I am thinking about my Tia Lucy, my Mom’s sister and only living sibling of 7 children, who lived in San José for many years and went to the Five Wounds Church. She was married there also. My Tia Lucy is 90 years old now and is still very alert and healthy. I know she would love to read your book.” wrote a book reader, Diane from Stanislaus County, California.
This is a common reaction from hundreds of readers who have purchased the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish’s centennial book,A Vestibule to Heaven. Authored by Miguel Valle Ávila, edited by Lúcia Soares, and designed by Roberto Ávila, the book was printed locally by Spectrum Lithograph, a Bay Area award-winning Portuguese-American owned business and published by the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California. The deluxe, hardbound edition contains 314 color photographs across 192 pages. The book includes a historical perspective of San José at the turn of the 20th century, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and its relationship to Five Wounds Church, and the parish history between 1914 and 2014. The book is further embellished by photos of the church and “A Day in the Life of the Parish” with photos of events that bring the parish to life.
“Uma Entrada para o Céu” (An Entrance to Heaven) was columnist and poet José Raposo’s title for his biweekly column. Raposo stated that “I can affirm that this book should be proudly displayed in the homes of any Portuguese or his/her descendants and there should be no home without it.”A Vestibule to Heaven is available for sale from the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish office (www.FiveWoundsChurch.org) and online at www.PortugueseBooks.org. All proceeds benefit the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish.
Maria travels to New Bedford Whaling Museum. We are excited that our book, Maria and the Lost Calf, Maria e a Bezerrinha Perdida, by Kate Morejohn and illustrated by Dwight Morejohn, is being sold at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
To get an idea of the importance of Portuguese and Azorean whalers, Don Warrin’s So Ends this Day is one of the best written sources for Portuguese-American whaling to date.
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, commenting on Warrin’s book: “For far too long the Portuguese contribution to American whaling has been relegated to the sidelines of history this meticulously researched and well-written study puts the emphasis where rightly belongs.” Many thanks to the Museum for featuring our book!
Maria and the Lost Calf, Maria e a Bezerrinha Perdida, is also available at:
Portuguese Heritage Publications’ ongoing project “Immigrants Stories” has received wide acceptance by the Portuguese community in California, judging by the number of stories that we have received to-date. Because we continue to receive scripts of individual and family stories, we decided to extend the deadline for new scripts through the end of November 2014.
There is one caveat, we are now looking for unique stories; stories that fall outside of the typical immigrant story; stories that don’t necessarily read like a standard individual biography; stories so outrageously real where the unexpected is just around the corner, that will keep reader’s interest and curiosity at high pitch level.
If you have such a story, even if the script is not perfect (we have editors that can polish it up) don’t be shy, send it to us at: info@PortugueseBooks.org, or call (408) 272-1222, there is a very good change that your script will be included in our publication.
If you rather contact someone at PHPC directly, please email Henrique Dinis at: firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 408-807-3235.
To know more about the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California and its publications, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org