We definitely need your help on this one!
It has come to our attention that President Lincoln’s seamstress was an immigrant from the Portuguese island of Madeira. We are engaged in the process of researching whether this is accurate information or hear say. We could certainly use your help if you possess solid evidence that will confirm such assertion, or know someone who might.
If you are able to provide such evidence, PHPC will be pleased to award you a free copy of our popular “Portuguese Shore Whalers of California” publication, in recognition of your effort.
Are you looking for information on your Portuguese family ancestors who have immigrated to California? Are you interested in researching the history of Portuguese throughout the world? If so, this blog is for you!
Often PHPC website visitors researching family ancestry, or simply curious about the history of the Portuguese in California, will inquire as to where they may be able to find resources to help in their research.
Today we are bringing to you an extremely valuable and helpful resource to those research jocks interested in Portuguese history in general and Portuguese immigration to California in particular.
We are talking about a precious nugget in the vastness of California’s libraries. The J. A Freitas Library was founded in 1964 and it is privately owned by the Supreme Council of the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America (PFSA). The library is located on 1120-24 East 14th. Street, San Leandro, CA 94577 and it is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Today the J.A Freitas Library is home to a book collection consisting of 11,914 works dealing with the Portuguese throughout the world, including many titles documenting the Azorean immigration to California. Library visitors will also find an extremely valuable, and fairly complete, sample of periodicals published by the Portuguese in California, some dating back to the 1800’s.
We hope that you find this information useful in your research efforts.
The presence of the Portuguese in California, beginning in the mid 1800’s is an integral part of the state’s history.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California’s primary objective is to capture and document this rich history for future generations.
If you are planning to start, are currently working on, or have already completed your Master’s or PhD thesis project, PHPC may be interested in helping you publish it.
If the subject of your project relates directly or indirectly, to PHPC’s primary objective, as mentioned above, and you need support in publishing your work, our Book Review Committee is interested in talking with you.
For more details, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may already know, our team is working hard on our new project “Power of the Spirit,” scheduled to be published early next year .
We are struggling to find information about the Portuguese Methodist Church in Oakland which was under the leadership of Rev. João Vieira, circa 1950-1970.
We would like to include some of the Church’s history in “Power of the Spirit” but have been unable to find someone who has firsthand knowledge of João Vieira’s congregation and its history.
Should you have pertinent information on this subject, or know of someone who does, please let as know as soon as possible at email@example.com