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Historic property sold to Ramekins Owner, Restaurant closes

Estate Closing

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Estate Restaurant in Sonoma Estate Restaurant, owned by Chef Sondra Bernstein of the girl and the fig in Sonoma, will close in late September 2012. The news comes on the heels of the sale of the historic property that’s been home to the restaurant since it opened in 2008. Once owned by the daughter of General Mariano Vallejo, the two-story building is being purchased by Darius Anderson, owner of Kenwood Investments and the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Anderson has also recently purchased Ramekins Culinary School and Event Center, located next door, and reportedly plans to use the properties jointly. He takes over October 1, 2012. Estate’s lease originally ran until 2013, but Bernstein and managing partner John Toulze decided to close Estate in the wake  of the sale and refocus on their other restaurants, including a new Sonoma event space called Suite D. “It’s very bittersweet,” said Bernstein. There is no current plan to reopen Estate elsewhere currently, “but who knows” says Bernstein. “I don’t think we’re done with Italian,” she said. “We appreciated the opportunity to steward the historical Sonoma property at 400 West Spain Street and know it will now transition into good hands with Darius Anderson,” said Bernstein. Exec Chef and Managing Partner John Toulze will continue working at the Fig properties and on a successful salumi program he started at Estate. Estate will continue serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 5pm and Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm. 400 W. Spain St., Sonoma, 707-933-3663.

Sutro Library Re-opens in San Francisco

Dear Researchers and Friends of the Sutro Library, I am so very pleased to announce that we will be opening the Sutro Library on Wednesday, August 1st. Our hours will be Monday through Friday 10AM-5PM. All of us here at the Sutro are truly grateful for the patience you have shown during the move to our new location here at San Francisco State University. As I have mentioned to most of you, the wait will not have been in vain as the new facilities are top notch, with an abundance of windows and natural lighting. Also, I would like you all to know that our interlibrary loan services are now operational and if you would like to obtain any of our circulating resources you can now do so through your local library. In addition to this, for those of you driving your vehicle here, I have provided you with a link below to SFSU's Parking & Transportation website. If you have any further questions about parking or anything else, please call 415-469-6100 or email us at Lastly, we would all like to personally thank each and every one of you for interest in, support of, and loyalty to, the Sutro Library. We look forward to seeing you all. Best regards, Diana Kohnke Librarian California State Library - Sutro Library J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 610 1630 Holloway Drive San Francisco, CA 94132-4030 415-469-6103

Petaluma Adobe officially open another year

Petaluma AdobeBy Janelle Wetzstein ARGUS-COURIER STAFF Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. Now that the Save the Petaluma Adobe Committee has managed to raise the $70,000 needed to keep the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park open for one more year, something unusual is taking place at the park: Lines are being rehearsed, actors recruited, costumes made and sets procured as the committee prepares to host a Shakespeare-inspired fundraising play in August. Full Story at

Heritage Network Meeting Minutes - July 14, 2012

Western Sonoma County Historical Society - Evelyn McClure The West County Museum has a current exhibit on the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad, next January they will install an exhibit of Earl Carrillo's collections. The Society will have a booth at the Grav Fair. Aug. 11-12. The Burbank Experiment Farm will hold a Fall open house & plant sale. The Society will present its 10th Annual Cemetery Walk with a program of women¹s stories on Oct. 12-13. The vignettes from all ten years have now been published in a book, available at the West County Museum. (Maybe you saw the Press Democrat story in Chris Smith's column about Burbank dictionaries that were left outside at the Museum as a donation and disappeared before the docent arrived for the day.) On a personal note, Ms. McClure talked about the recently published book on Bennett Valley "Beneath the Mountain of the Burning Bird, Bennett Valley History and Memories" She is co-author, the project was sponsored by John Talbot whose great-grandfather, Coleman Talbot settled in Bennett Valley in 1852. Ms. McClure will talk about the book to the Bennett Valley Homeowners Assn. on Thur. July 19, 7 pm at the Bennett Valley Grange. Sonoma County Records Commission -Dan Markwyn No Peterson prize will be awarded this year. There were ten high school level submissions but none met the requirements. Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library - Jo Markwyn Katherine Rinehardt is collecting the history of the Counties libraries. If you have any information, contact Katherine. Santa Rosa¹s 150th Anniversary Celebration-Gaye LeBaron Gaye met with the Santa Rosa City Manager who asked if there was any historical society that represented Santa Rosa and could give input on the upcoming anniversary event (2017). Gaye asked anyone in the Heritage Network that was interested in this project to contact her. Glen Ellen Historical Society - Jim Shere - Maria Shere Their recent Town Hall meeting went well. They have been contacted by many descendants due to being on Facebook. They expect to collaborate with the Sonoma Developmental Center on compiling their history. Maria reported on their website which she designed and asked us to check it for links and let her know if your group would like to be linked. Russian River Historical Society - John Schubert Their new home in the old Monte Rio post office building will be open on Thursdays. The Bohemian Club show will be soon, to benefit the Monte Rio Fire Dept, School, etal. The Marshall House, now senior center was dedicated. The RRHS conducted a  history "Walkabout" for Monte Rio students. They will do a daytime cemetery tour. Having done previous themes of Civil War veterans and pioneers, John asked for theme ideas. Cotati Historical Society - Simone Wilson Simone said the April BBQ was a great success and over 100 raffle prizes helped raise funds. Tom Origer & Associates - Tom Origer Tom was our host for the day in the Laguna Foundation's Great Heron Hall. (a terrific meeting place and great display of Don Jackson's Laguna photos). Tom said his group is doing many archaeology projects out of the County. He is a board member of the Laguna Foundation. He is working to help the group emphasize cultural topics vs. the natural of the Laguna. Georgetown, Pacific Coast Air Museum-Guy Smith The Burbank car will be at the Gravenstein Fair this year. The boardwalks at Georgetown have been replaced. Some buildings repaired, some may come down if unrepairable. Guy is involved in a documentary project on the Panavision camera used in so many movies and made in the Los Angeles area. The PCAM air show August 18-19 will have a Harrier plane. Sonoma County Genealogical Society-Rural Cemetery-Ray Owen The SCGS Spring Seminar went very well. Tony Hoskins is now president of the group.  The Rural Cemetery held their Dark Side Tour on Friday the 13th, there will not be a Friday the 13th for several years. The Lamplight tour in September will highlight eight people. With permission from the Coroner¹s office, the RC committee has assumed maintenance of the indigent burial grounds, cutting weeds, etc. Sandy Frary has been given access to Coroner records and is compiling inquest histories, this will especially be helpful in identifying Rural Cemetery burials previously unknown. The RC group dedicated a marker for Santa Rosa's first mayor, the cost of the marker was paid for by former Santa Rosa mayors. Sonoma County Historical Society - Jeremy Nichols Jeff Tobes led the 8th big walk to Fort Ross, 125 people participated. Jeff is to be commended for all the "red tape" he waded through to get permission to cross private lands. The Chanate Cemetery dedication was held. It has only taken 9 years to reach this point. Volunteer contractors did the work and the monument was provided with donations. There will be a tour of the Chanate cemetery on July 21 for the Rural Cemetery volunteers. Jeremy continues to research people buried at Chanate with Ray Owen¹s help. At Spring Hill Cemetery, Brad DaVall has helped repair stones. Another headstone has been returned to the cemetery. Relatives of the deceased had removed it to repair it, unsuccessfully. It is now put together with Brad's help. Sue Zeni has amassed a database of burials at Spring Hill. The SCHS summer picnic is scheduled for Sat. Sept. 22 at the Castelli Ranch in Windsor. The Castelli's have a car and antique collection that should be very interesting to visit. Friends of the Carrillo Adobe, SR Cultural Heritage Board-Mark DeBacker Mark reported that SR HS teacher Dave Franzen and his students have done a lot of cleanup work at the Adobe. Much of the historical Adobe wood had been taken by homeless, some was recovered. An inventory is to be done on the building. Mark also clued us in about new building codes to be instituted. Green requirements will probably be very expensive when remodeling or building new. Old buildings may be greener than thought, since they don¹t require AC or other so-called modern technology for comfortable living. The new code will take into account the benefits of an old building. Mark said Dan Peterson is moving back to Santa Rosa from Marin County. Tomales Regional History Center-John LeBaron for Ginny Magan John said there will be reunions for the Tomales High School for classes of 1936 to 1950. On August 5th, there will be a celebration of Tomales' 100th anniversary, with an open house at the museum, 1-4 pm, with a new exhibit. Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society-David Lightfoot  David said the 1867 Central Pacific coach has been restored. The group will continue working on restoration projects. Fort Ross and More - Dan Murley 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the hike to Mt. St. Helena by Honoria Tuomey and company to replace the original Russian plaque. Dan and group did the hike this year. Dan mentioned an article he has done and hopes will be published on Ralph Rose, Healdsburg Olympian. Ralph participated in shot put and hammer throw in the London Olympics (year?). The Fort Ross festivities will be winding down with the Cultural History Day at the end of July (last Sat. & Sunday). The finale will come in the Fall.

Santa Rosa Earthquakes Report c1970

I came across some historical data on Santa Rosa Earthquakes that may be interesting to some of you.
Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

Rancher Shirley Modini dies on land she cherished

By CLARK MASON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 4:01 a.m. Shirley Modini, who lived her entire married life on a ranch in the rugged Mayacmas range and bequeathed it as a wilderness sanctuary, died there Tuesday. Modini, 89, died at home off Pine Flat Road, northeast of Healdsburg, on a 1,725-acre property described as "impressively wild" and a haven for bears, mountain lions and eagles, as well as a native plant habitat.... Full Story:

Petaluma Museum Unveils “I Do!” with Vintage Wedding Fashions

The romance of antique wedding attire—lace, flounces, fine handwork—joins the historical record in a never-before exhibit of gowns and accessories from Petaluma Historical Museum’s textile collection. “I Do!” traces the stories of over 20 Petaluma brides from the 1870s to the 1930s through vintage photographs, personal stories and of course, the actual finery worn by the women. Textile Curator Teresa Fröschl pored through boxes of the museum’s collection to unwrap not only gowns but also veils, gloves, shoes and the dainty “unmentionables” that made up the brides’ trousseaus, as well as fashions for the groom, ring-bearer and flower girl. Volunteers in the Research Library searched for and located news accounts of many of the weddings, including those of some of Petaluma’s leading families such as the McNears and the Denmans. The exhibit comes to fruition courtesy of a grant that Ms. Fröschl secured from Community Foundation of Sonoma County to create and assemble 20 body forms that match the petite frames and corset-winnowed waistlines of the past brides. Modern mannequins simply “wouldn’t do,” which is why the garments languished for so long, stored in acid-free paper and boxes. Most of the gowns have not been available for viewing since they were folded away decades ago. “I Do!” opens July 15 and runs through September 30, 2012. A Reception for the public at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, will feature—what else?—cake and champagne. Admission: $3 Members and Seniors, $5 General.  Children 12 and under free.  The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA; 707-778-4398;  

2012 photography contest at the 25 mile walk a success!! (First year)

Jeff Tobes led us on a carefully planned 25 mile walk along the Fort Ross coastline this year on June 2nd, 2012. Always looking for ways to add to the fun, Jeff secured sponsorship from Shutterbug Camera Shop to offer four $50 gift certificate prizes for Adult and Youth categories in Human Interest or Nature photography. At the onset of the walk we asked for a show of hands to see how many were taking us up on the challenge. About 25 of the 137 walkers said they had their cameras ready for action. Here are the winners!!!

Julian Oleary - Youth: Nature - "Morning Light"

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