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The 2017 Annual History walk will be in April instead of June

Stay tuned for details on the Jeff Tobes Memorial History walk April 1st, 2017 from Healdsburg to Cloverdale.

CELEBRATING NAGASAWA AT FOUNTAINGROVE

Fountaingrove / Museum Fundraiser


Sunday, September 11 / 4 PM – 7 PM
Paradise Ridge Winery
$35 Members/ $45 General
Appetizers, Cash Bar
Buy tickets here Fountaingrove Fundraiser

SCHS Annual Picnic at Jack London State Historic Park

Save the date, September 18, 2016!

The Sonoma County Historical Society invites all members and their guests to a picnic at Jack London State Historic Park. Date: Sunday, September 18. Time: 11AM to 3 PM. Place: Oak Grove (group) picnic area, Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. SCHS paid for the picnic area and negotiated free parking!

We will provide soda, water, hot dogs and buns. Please bring a dish to share (based on the first letter of your last name, bring appetizers A-H, salads I-R, desserts S-Z). Beer/wine is permitted (BYOB) so bring your cooler. Bring chairs and, if you have them, portable picnic tables.

Please RSVP online or by calling Joann Mitchell, 707-545-5094 or Marj Torliatt, 707-545-7507. (Reservations are necessary so we know how many hot dogs and buns to buy.)

Jeremy Nichols, President
Sonoma County Historical Society

2016 Walk Update #2

Date – June 4th 2016
Start location --- Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma Park on Lovall Street
Registration time --- 5:30 am
You may register and pay online or mail in check with application.

We are expecting a record turnout for this year’s June 4th walk in Sonoma and now you can enroll and pay online if you wish, however you can also pay with a check as well.

The walk route is posted on the info bar to the right. The route includes the Sonoma Plaza, with a loop into the south east Sonoma and a loop through Boyes Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, and El Verano. There will be a couple of hills, however we will be sharing information on the local history and the views will be beautiful. I guarantee there will be places that you have never seen before.

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Happy Birthday Luther Burbank!

The 2016 Annual Jeff Tobes Memorial Walk planning is gearing up - Update #1

Hello fellow walkers,

For June 4th 2016 we shall be having the Annual Jeff Tobes Memorial Walk presented by the Sonoma County Historical Society. This years walk will be around Sonoma City including the plaza, Depot Park, the Springs, Schellville, Buena Vista, and more. The route and stops are in their preliminary stage at this time and more information will be coming as we pull it together.

If any of you would like to help out please give me a call. Items that we need help on is: arrange busses, breakfast, lunch, dinner, driving support vans, driving port-a-potties, contacting sponsors, thank you letters, fruit, ice, snacks, water, and planning.

    Ray Johnson

Sonoma County Historian 2016 #1 in the mail shortly

If you are a member of the Society, you will be receiving your Historian in the next week.

In this issue:
SCHS Banquet, p. 2
Houdini Search, pp. 4-6
Jasper O’Farrell, pp. 7-12
Petaluma Argus, pp. 13-16
Jack London, pp.18-19
Christo at Museum, p. 21
Members, p. 22
Friends Lost, p. 22-23v
Daken’s Screen, p. 23
Book Review, p. 24-5
Upcoming Events, p. 26.
Walk in Sonoma, p. 28

2016 Banquet, March 20th - How We Came to Make Such Fine Wines

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It’s no accident that the Sonoma County Historical Society modestly boasts of what we like to think is our skill at putting together interesting annual banquets. This year is no exception. The big show Sunday, Mar. 20 at the Flamingo Hotel includes a round-table discussion on wine, a fine luncheon, awards, raffles, a look at History Day activities, conversations with old friends, and who knows what else.

The program for this year’s annual luncheon is a panel discussion titled “How We Came to Make Such Fine Wines”. We hope to present a wide-ranging panel discussion, featuring distinctly different voices, to tell the grand and fascinating story of how— throughout our history— Sonoma County wines have become so well known throughout the world.

Five speakers are taking part, according to coordinator Jim Shere: Michael Topolos, who will speak on the history of winemaking in Sonoma County since its beginnings with the mission padres; John Burdick, who will speak about the evolution of the appellations, terroir, varietals, vintages, marketing and presentation of the fine wines of Sonoma County; Frank Pastori, who worked the vineyards and cellars near Geyserville since Prohibition, and will talk about the wines of the North County from a personal perspective; George MacLeod, who will talk about his personal experiences establishing and developing a quality vineyard and winery in Sonoma Valley; and special guest George Webber, impersonating Count Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa, who will act as moderator.
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Burbank Gardens seeking helpers

Calling all gardeners and garden lovers. The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is looking for docents, gift shop works and gardeners, to work at the historic site on a volunteer basis.

Gardeners volunteer two morning shifts per month year-round while docents and gift shop workers commit to three shifts per month from April through October. Training begins Saturday, Feb. 27. No experience is necessary. To apply call 524-5445 or email BurbankHome@LutherBurbank.org.

Two vacancies currently exist for the Historical Records Commission

THE SONOMA COUNTY HISTORICAL RECORDS COMMISSION

SEEKS QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

  The Sonoma County Historical Records Commission fosters and promotes the preservation of historical records. All voting members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Two vacancies currently exist.   Those interested in applying must have experience in archival and records management; are an professional historian affiliated with an accredited institutions of higher education in Sonoma County; are an active member of an established historical society or museum located in Sonoma County; or are a recognized, licensed, or accredited professional working in a field which uses historical records on a regular basis.   For more information about the terms and duties of the Commission as well as application, please go to http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Historical-Records-Commission/
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