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The Sonoma County Historical Society is sponsoring its Tenth Annual 20-25 mile historical walk from Sebastopol to Monte Rio on Saturday, June 7, 2014 (rain or shine) for history and physical fitness buffs. It will be led by experienced group walker, Jeff Tobes.  Last year’s walk in San Francisco had 116 ‘marathon’ (literally) walkers. The purpose of the walk is threefold: to increase health through walking, to learn about Sonoma County’ s unique history, and to promote Sonoma County. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, healthy snacks, support vehicle, bus, hourly stretches, and interesting people and sights will be provided. The support vehicle will meet us every hour, or so, where we will stretch, get resupplied, and shed or put on clothing.

The tentative route will begin at Luther Burbank’s cottage at Goldridge Farm in Sebastopol, then along the Joe Rodota Trail to Georgetown (breakfast), through the wonderful town of Graton, to downtown Forrestville, paralleling the path of the Northwestern Pacific Railway (River Road) toward the Hollydale Club, to Summer Home Park, to Highercroft Beach (lunch), to Odd Fellows Park, safely through four properties along Pocket Canyon to Guerneville, through the hills of Monte Rio to the amphitheatre in Monte Rio (dinner). The exact route will be determined by the advance team in the upcoming months and updated to the walkers by email and/or our website.

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The next Heritage Network meeting is 10:00 AM, Saturday, 12 April 2014 at the University of San Francisco in Santa Rosa, 416 B Street, opposite the Plaza Shopping Center near 5th Street, Dan Murley presiding.  Pay Parking is available in a lot just to the north on B Street, or two blocks away off 7th Street.




Santa Rosa High School will be feted Sunday with an open house and birthday party of sorts as Panthers celebrate 140 years in business.

Santa Rosa High, which counts its birth in 1874 while classes officially began a year later, is the second-oldest high school in Sonoma County, behind Petaluma High which opened in 1873……


Image courtesy of Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

A memorial celebration for respected Sonoma County photographer and teacher John LeBaron will be held Sunday, April 6 at Santa Rosa Junior College.


Brief Lives of the North Bay:
The Man Who Was Torn By the Bear and Body Found in the Laguna

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00pm

Two men, one in 1833 and one in 1878, worked in the region north of San Pablo Bay that we know as Sonoma County. Both died violently and unexpectedly and both were buried in unmarked graves. Both of these men died where they did and when they did because of their participation in the continuing scramble to control and to exploit the land and the resources of northwestern North America and the opportunities offered by the region’s location on the Pacific shore.

Dr. Daniel Markwyn, Professor Emeritus in history at Sonoma State University, will weave the scanty particulars of these two men’s lives into the larger history of nineteenth century Sonoma County and show how two obscure and under-documented events, widely separated in time and hardly noticed in the documentary record can reveal patterns and connections and deepen our understanding of Sonoma County’s history.

Dr. Markwyn taught at SSU until his retirement in 2001. Among the papers he has delivered are “Americanizing Early Sonoma County: A Process and a Place” and “The Long Reach of the Search for Luxury, Warmth, and Profit: The Sonoma County Region and the Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade.”

This event will be held at the University of San Francisco’s Santa Rosa Campus, located at:

416 B Street
Santa Rosa, CA, US, 95401

Museum Members $7.50 / General $10.00

Tickets can be purchased at our website sonomacountymuseum.org under events or by contacting Michelle Novosel at 707 579-1500 x 13 or mnovosel@sonomacountymuseum.org (Michelle will be out on Monday, March 24 but you can still leave a message or e-mail)

Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is 3/23/2014

February 28, 2014 Announcement

Guest Speaker Mike Wilson presents YOUNG JACK LONDON For the 2014 Sonoma County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Mike will talk about “Young Jack London”, revealing little-known details of Jack’s youth, from his birth in 1876, to age 21, when he left Oakland to participate in the Klondike Gold Rush. Flamingo Hotel – […]

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SCHS Board Meeting Minutes – 10/23/2013

November 13, 2013 Regular Meeting

Sonoma County Historical Society Minutes Sonoma County Library Annex Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Board Members Present: Jeremy Nichols, Lee Torliatt, Marj Torliatt, John Schubert, Tony Hoskins, Jeff Tobes, Sean Bressie, Jim Shere, Ray Johnson, and Kathy Fitzpatrick Absent: Harry Lapham, Joann Mitchell, Guy Smith Guest: Mike Wilson

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Dr. Markwyn speaks at Sonoma County Museum Nov 7th, 2013

November 5, 2013 Dan Markwyn

THE MAN WHO WAS TORN BY THE BEAR AND THE BODY FOUND THIS DAY IN THE LAGUNA: BRIEF LIVES OF THE NORTH BAY NOVEMBER 7- 7 PM – at the Sonoma County Museum  Presented by Daniel Markwyn, PhD., Emeritus Professor of History, Sonoma State University Dr. Markwyn will examine the violent and untimely deaths of two men, one who died in […]

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Forestville gets new website

October 26, 2013 Forestville

Forestville Historical Society recently updated their website. Browse through all sorts of pictures from the Forestville area and families. http://www.forestvillehistoricalsociety.org

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SCHS Board Meeting Minutes – 9/25/2013

October 22, 2013 Regular Meeting

Sonoma County Historical Society Minutes Sonoma County Library Annex Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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