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Yes! Jack London was a farmer too.

Check out this video on Jack London...

Jack London's Pig Palace from Scott Mitchell on Vimeo.

The West County Museum opens with the Earl Carrillo Collection

Earl CarrilloSSU Library
The West County Museum opens with the Earl Carrillo Collection and A brief history of the Museum's 20th years in operation on Feb. 1. A reception will be held for the public and Carrillo family members On Saturday February 16, 1 to 4 pm. Drop by and have a cup of tea and find out about Earl Carrillo's Life (101 years)   and family history.

Cloverdale History Center cleans out the attic

Pieces of Cloverdale history are being moved out of the attic and offered for sale at the Cloverdale History Center, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd., beginning Friday, Feb. 1 and continuing for the entire month of February. Press Democrat

Agricultural Commissioner looks back at 84 years of Crop Reports

From the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner
  • Historical Crop Reports As the new year begins, we share a look back at the history of Sonoma County agriculture through 84 years of Sonoma County Crop Reports from the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. This vast and significant base of knowledge is available because of farmers’ participation in crop report surveys over decades. (Note to Growers: Please complete your crop report surveys and return them to our office by March 1, 2013. You may mail in your envelope, or you can fax your surveys to our office at (707) 565-3850. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Smith at (707) 565-2371.) >> See the reports!

Susheel Bibbs Presents Her Chautauqua as Mary Ellen Pleasant - Annual Luncheon, March 24th

Guest Speaker Susheel Bibbs Presenting Her Chautauqua as Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

This unique, historical interactive performance by Dr. Susheel Bibbs will unfold the extraordinary saga of Mary Ellen Pleasant. Born a slave and known as “Mammy” Pleasant, this daring activist and entrepreneur was an associate of John Brown, and played an important role in the Underground Railroad. She is now recognized as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Her dramatic life spanned the Gold Rush and the Civil War, and was instrumental in shaping early San Francisco society, amassing a fortune with which she established Beltane Ranch in the Valley of the Moon. Dr. Bibbs, an EMMY award winning TV producer and scholar, is known as the “foremost expert on Mary Pleasant”. She will portray Mary Pleasant, and then take part in a question and answer session.

2013 Luncheon Flyer and reservation form

Pleasant was a Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X all rolled into one. Read more about her at Dr. Susheel Bibbs' website.

Last founding member, Jeanne Thurlow Miller dies

On January 9, 2013, Jeanne Thurlow Miller, which one of our awards is named after, passed away. She was 5 months short of her 100th birthday. She is believed to be the last living founding member of the Sonoma County Historical Society, as well as a past president. The last Society meeting she attended was in 2006, when an award was given in her name. She carried her love of history and research well into her nineties, passing all of her work onto her granddaughters. -Robert and Katey Miller Jeanne co-authored "Wild Oats in Eden: Sonoma County in the 19th Century" with Harvey J. Hansen in 1962. She also Authored "Seeing historic Sonoma today" in 1967. Jeanne Thurlow Miller's collection of exceptional watercolors, oils, and photographs represent turn-of-the-century Sonoma County lifestyles and landscapes. They can be seen at the Sonoma County Museum in March 2013.

2013 Sturgeon's Mill Dates added

The 2013 Public Demonstration dates have been announced!

  • May 18 - 19
  • June 15 - 16
  • September 14 - 15
  • October 12 - 13

Where is Rancho Bodega?

Rancho Bodega covers 55 square miles of Coastal land, stretching from Eastero Americano to the Russian River.  It includes the towns of Bodega and Bodega Bay, as well as the communities of Salmon Creek, Carmet, and Sereno Del Mar. Visit their historical society website:

The January SCGS Newsletter is out

The January Sonoma County Genealogical Society Newsletter is out.  Are you a member? Website:

Pleasant was a Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X all rolled into one.

Dr. Susheel Bibbs presents the living history tribute to Mary Ellen Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights in California at this year's Annual Banquet luncheon in March.  More info to come soon.  Read more about Pleasant on her website