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Author: Sean Bressie


Set your time machine for Santa Rosa, 1910; there was no better time during the early 20th century to live here. Even now, it's an absolute pleasure to read the old newspapers and watch that year's adventures unwind. It was an election year and that always charged the air electric, particularly over at the Press Democrat where politics was something of a blood sport. There were four sensational murder/attempted murder cases, one which occurred during the performance of a play and one which was dramatically reenacted in court (more on that later). It was the year for Halley's Comet and for a week or so it seemed that almost everyone was holding a "comet party," sprawling on their lawn after dark in their nightgowns (more on that later, too). More


Free Training - Protecting Cultural Collections

A Free training coming to Petaluma Historical Museum thanks to a grant from the Getty Foundation and the California Asc. of Museums providing the training and trainers. Please see link below for your registration.

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

  Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Petaluma: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Petaluma Historical Museum Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Petaluma: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Petaluma Historical Museum Read more

CaVraCon 2013 - Conference on Digital Image Collections - This month

There is a conference being held at SSU on June 27-28, 2013 - Subject: managing and maintaining digital image collections. Thought this might be of interest to Historians in Sonoma County. Website Description: The California Visual Resources Association Conference, also known as CaVraCon, will provide presentations, case studies, and demos dealing with the many aspects of creating, managing and maintaining digital image collections, as well as the opportunity to network with both emerging professionals and veterans of the field.

Katherine J. Rinehart, MA Historian

Local Historian Peter Meyerhof reveals new information about the Blue Wing and Sonoma

Peter Meyerhof will make a presentation about his research on the historic Blue Wing Adobe Dr. on Thursday June 20th at 6:30 pm in the Sonoma Barracks. Meyerhof’s research has recently revealed significant new evidence for a portion of the Blue Wing Adobe predating the arrival of General Vallejo in 1834 and for it being an integral part of the Sonoma Mission. Read more...

SCHS writes open letter opposing $10 court records search fee

From: President, Sonoma County Historical Society To: State Senator Noreen Evans Date: June 5, 2013 Issue: Budget Sub 4: State Administration & General Government OPPOSE $10 court records search fee As President of the Sonoma County Historical Society I write to oppose the proposed $10 fee to search California court records. Our 500+ members cannot afford to pay $10 for every court record they see for their volunteer work or personal research. We understand that you oppose this proposed fee and have spoken out against it. We appreciate and applaud your opposition and hope you and your colleagues will defeat it. Sincerely, Jeremy Nichols, President Sonoma County Historical Society

Call for Papers - CCPH Conference - Deadline June 15th, 2013

The California Council for the Promotion of History invites YOUR ideas and expertise for the next CCPH conference, October 17-19, 2013, in Hanford, California. We are looking to YOU--our California colleagues--to make this conference the best ever. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2013.


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Student and New Professional Stipends for the 33rd Annual CCPH Conference October 17-19, 2013 in Hanford, CA

To encourage the development of Public History students and new professionals, CCPH offers conference stipends. The stipends are funded by CCPH and by a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation.Stipends include paid  by Coupon Companion Plugin" href="">conference registration fees, one year free CCPH membership, paid attendance at the annual Awards Luncheon, and up to $350. Priority will be given to applicants presenting papers at the conference. Recipients are expected to donate at least 4 hours at the conference. To apply, please send a one-page letter describing your education and work experience, and how you expect to benefit from the conference. Be sure to include your contact information (mailing address, phone number & email) and email it to . Please put CCPH Stipend 2013 in the subject line. Your  by Coupon Companion Plugin" href="">application must be received by Friday, September 13, 2013.

Call for Papers - Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History March 19-22, 2014 in Monterey, CA

From March 19-22, 2014, public historians from across the nation and around the world will be gathering in the historic city of Monterey, California, for the annual meeting of the National Council on Public History. Many unique tours, special events, and innovative sessions are planned. The call for papers is open until July 15. Members of CCPH and public historians everywhere are cordially invited to submit a paper or session proposal. The theme of the conference is: “Sustainable Public History.” We welcome submissions from all areas of the field, including teaching, museums, archives, heritage management, tourism, consulting, litigation-based research, and public service. Proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. For more information, visit the NCPH website Deadline for proposal submission is July 15, 2013.

Historical Society of Santa Rosa becomes a reality. First meeting held

The idea of a historical society has been long in the incubation process but with the 150th anniversary of Santa Rosa’s incorporation coming near, the time seemed right to begin putting the pieces together. In October, 2012, we called together several people interested in developing a society to gauge interest and energy in such an endeavor. It became clear almost immediately that the time was ripe and that we should continue to pursue this worthy project. It will be the historical society’s mission to find these projects and preserve or restore them and, of course, make the public aware of them. Visit Historical Society of Santa Rosa

State wants to charge citizens to see public court records

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
Viewing a public file at the Santa Rosa courthouse will cost $10 under a proposal from the state's judicial branch that is drawing fire from critics who say it will limit access to public information.
The new search fee is among 11 recommendations from a panel of judges, lawyers and legislators that have been sent to the governor to be added to his budget.  read more....

Happy Birthday Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank's birthday banner

Landmarks: Tower of downtown history

Landmarks: Tower of downtown history.