About your Tour Guides

Tanya March leaning up against the Steps of St. Patricks Church. View of basalt wall and steps.Tanya Lyn March

Portlander Tanya Lyn March received her doctoral degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2010, focusing on historic preservation and community development. She has a master's degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and is raising two young men one who attends Roosevelt High School, the other son will graduate from Portland State University in 2023. She is working on a book about home front experiences of children who lived in the Guild's Lake Courts war housing.  In addition to being a frequent contributor to the NW Examiner and an active blogger she can be found driving the Zamboni at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink. In addition to her dissertation, Tanya has written or been quoted in many articles about Portland history.

Brooklyn Marx Sherman

Portlander Brooklyn Marx Sherman focused on our family owned tour company for his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at PSU.  Not to be outdone by his brother Berkeley who work with a calendar and tours of Guilds Lake from a Metro Grant. When Brooklyn is not working as a bus driver for PPS or running for City Council he is leading our Murder, Mayhem & Oddities of St. Johns.

The Origin Story of Slabtown Tours

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Mike Ryerson 1940-2015

Mike Ryerson Binder of historic images in hand. Wearing sun glasses, white male around 70 years of age. In 2012 Mike Ryerson felt that his friend Tanya March was not using her education to its fullest. Mike Ryerson was born in Northwest Portland in 1940, a fourth-generation resident of the neighborhood. He had just lost a long time job and wanted to start a new business. While his best known claim to public fame may be the famous “Expose Yourself to Art” poster that depicted soon-to-be Mayor Bud Clark doing just that, Mike’s lasting legacy is our deeper understanding of the buildings and the character of Northwest Portland that he championed for decades. In 2012 Tanya Lyn March PhD agreed to joined forces to run a two person walking tour company Mike's History Tours. Our guided walking tours emerged as part of our joint effort to help  a meaningful sense of place. Guided walking tours can change the way locals and tourists think and act by presenting them with distinctive place experiences that looks at cultural transformation and historic structures.

Mike was a noted advocate, historian, writer, baseball fan, tavern owner, photographer and a newspaper reporter. Mike was a public character and a local lecturer who freely shared his detailed historical knowledge of this neighborhood usually illustrated by examples from his nearly 100,000 Portland images. Mike compelled old and new residents alike to do more to save the old homes and the historic places of Portland.