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Cotati Historical Society would like your input if...

At the moment, Cotati Historical Society is contemplating a story about the history of the State-run pheasant hunts that used to be held in the Seed Farm. If you hunted then and would like to reminisce, please write to Prue Draper at Related: A HISTORY OF ROHNERT PARK

Lee Torliatt adds 2012 Timeline entries

Another year, another few entries to the history timeline. Check them out..

The 2013 Twenty-five mile walk is coming June 1st

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SCHS walk 2013 enrollment form

The Sonoma County Historical Society is sponsoring its Ninth Annual 20-25 mile historical walk through San Francisco Saturday, June 1, 2013 for history and physical fitness buffs. It will be led by experienced group walker, Jeff Tobes.  The last San Francisco walk in 2011 had 68 strong and wonderful walkers, even though it rained for part of the walk. The purpose of the walk is threefold: to increase health through walking, to learn about San Francisco’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 where we will stretch, get resupplied and shed or put on clothing. Driven by bus to the Marin County side of the Golden Gate, Bridge, tentatively the route will be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, walk through the Presidio, (Breakfast) to the Cliff House at the Pacific Ocean, along the beach, through Golden Gate Park (lunch) to Randall Museum, to Mission Dolores, to Union Square, to Chinatown, to Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ferry Building for dinner. The exact route will be determined by the advance team in the upcoming months, and posted on our website. Rest assured the route will be safe and fairly flat most of the way. If you need best preparation for such events go to Sweat Equity Fitness.  

SCHS walk 2013 enrollment form

25 mile walk - San Francisco

Sonoma State University Library Search: Carrillo

Sonoma State University Digital Library Search: Carrillo Earl Carrillo Earl Carrillo  

Sir Francis Drake news!

 Sir Francis Drake

Michael Von der Porten reports: The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has formally proclaimed the Drake's Cove site within Drakes Bay as the officially-recognized landing site of Francis Drake in 1579.

Tour Guerneville's Old Pioneer Cemetery

OCTOBER 6, 2012 - 2pm "Tour Guerneville's Old Pioneer Cemetery" Tour narrated by Guerneville historian, John Schubert The cemetery is located at the top of the hill off Woodland Drive, which is off Armstrong Woods Road. Please carpool.

10-6-2012 Event Flyer

Sonoma Heritage Collections spice up the Media at the Library

Have you visited the Sonoma Heritage Collections page on the Sonoma County Library website?  It is nice to see some updated access to the History Annex's wealth of Media content.  Check it out!!!

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