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Gaye LeBaron Makes "Sonoma County Woman of the Year" 2015

Gaye LebaronPress Democrat

Gaye LeBaron

A well deserved achievement has been recognized this week. Gaye LeBaron is Sonoma County's Woman of the Year 2015 says U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson.  View the Congressional Record

The Press Democrat reports...

KSRO Interviews..   She is "Great, Perfect"

Gaye Lebaron's Digital Collection at Sonoma State University.

2015 History Walk Interactive Route Map - San Francisco

2015 History Walk Route

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2015 History Walk Update #1

It's that time again. You can enroll for the Eleventh Annual 20-25 Mile Historic Walk through San Francisco on June 6, 2015, by going to the Sonoma County Historical Society's website link:  SonomaCountyHistory.org/historywalk. Read more

Volunteers needed for April 18th

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society has invited the Sonoma County Historical Society to have a free table at their spring seminar on April 18. This would give us an opportunity to pass out past issues of the Sonoma Historian and promote our organization. We are looking for volunteers to help with the booth during this event.  Please eMail Jeremy if you are interested.

Don Clausen, known for many achievements, perhaps most for Lake Sonoma

Sonoma Historian 2010 #3Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

Sonoma Historian 2010 #3

We have pulled this 2010 story, The Battle of the Dam, from the Sonoma Historian Archives about Lake Sonoma and the battle to get it built.

2015 Lecture & Awards Luncheon - March 22nd

Join us Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, at the Flamingo Hotel, 4th Street & Farmer’s Lane in Santa Rosa 11am: No Host Bar, History Student Presentations, Raffle Fundraiser, & Great Conversation! 12 Noon: Luncheon, Annual Awards, & Guest Speaker

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SFJCAuthor Laura Ackley, an architectural  historian who has spent many years delving into the joys and mysteries of the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915, will be the guest speaker at the annual awards banquet of Sonoma County Historical Society Sunday, Mar.22, at the Flamingo Hotel at Fourth St. and Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Cost is $40 per person. The SCHS also would appreciate donations to sponsor luncheon tickets at $40 each for History Day students who attend.

The menu: Entrée Choices:  Mediterranean Pasta (Vegan Option), Grilled Chicken Rustica, or Atlantic Salmon with Mango Pico de Gallo sauce; Caesar salad, herb roasted Yukon potatoes and vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.

There will be exhibits related to the Expo and also exhibits by History Day students. There will also be a business meeting, awards presentations and a fundraiser raffle. Read more

2015 History Walk Celebrates The 100 year PPIE Anniversary

The Sonoma County Historical Society is sponsoring its 11th 20-25 mile historical walk and its 6th through San Francisco Saturday, June 6, 2015 for history and physical fitness buffs.  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. This year we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Pan-Pacific International Exposition

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20mWalk_2015

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Trione Vineyards - The Old Stone Building

Digital Archive, Source: Trione Vineyard Website
The Old Stone Building
During planning and construction of their new winery at the Trione’s Alexander Valley Home Ranch, three generations of the family gave thoughtful consideration to preserving the 97-year-old landmark stone building. Built in 1908 as Nervo winery, the commanding structure reveals Sonoma County’s winemaking history rooted in Italian American traditions. The Old Stone BuildingFrank Nervo Sr. commissioned the winery two years after the San Francisco earthquake devastated homes and commercial structures as far north as Santa Rosa and Alexander Valley. Nervo hired contractor and stone mason Peter Moroni, whose family immigrated to California from Italian villages near the Carrara quarry where Michaelangelo acquired his marble. Moroni used large basalt blocks mined from nearby Annadel quarry and lumber cut and hewn from Oregon forests. Mindful of the recent quake and the power of Mother Nature, Moroni developed a unique, reinforced design. As the building began to rise and the massive second floor joists were hoisted into place, he embedded a heavy linked chain into the outside walls. Nervo installed contemporary winemaking equipment. A 30-horsepower locomotive-size steam boiler ran the must pump and wine press; a donkey engine powered various sized steel wheels driving leather belts to feed grapes to the crusher. Second floor fermenters gravity-fed ground floor storage tanks secured on a concrete floor, an innovation at a time when dirt floors were common. Newspaper accounts from 1908 laud the newly built structure as a symbol of the vitality and conviction pioneering families had for the future of Sonoma County agriculture and wine. After a century of use, the Old Stone Building retains that original belief and foresight. Now a beautifully restored two-story hospitality center surrounded by sweeping views of Alexander Valley, the Old Stone Building accommodates the winery’s special events and Trione wine club gatherings. Enhanced by a beautifully planted courtyard with cascading water fountain, it is open for arranged tours that provide historical perspective and ample room for personal inspiration. The venue is also available for weddings and gatherings up to 250 people. - See more at: http://trionewinery.com

Charlie Siebenthal presents expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad

WHISTLESTOP NORTH -- SANTA ROSA

The next program will be on Monday October 27, 2014

THE RAILROADS OF SONOMA VALLEY. NWPRRHS President Charlie Siebenthal will present a much expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad, its successor as the Sonoma Valley Branch of the NWP and the Sonoma Valley Branch of the Southern Pacific. Field work plus recently discovered maps and newspaper articles will be used to answer the many questions asked during his first talk on the railroads of Sonoma Valley.

Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Parking in the rear of the building. Take 101 to the College Avenue exit. Turn west onto College Avenue. Monroe Hall is on the left just past the G&G Shopping Center. For further information please contact Charlie Siebenthal at 707-838-8882 or vandtrr@cs.com Please mark this date on your calendars. If you wish to receive an email reminder of each program please send an email entitled "WN list" to Charlie Siebenthal at vandtrr@cs.com your email address will be held confidential.

Windsor barn preserved by Strawn instead of burned for practice

Milo Strawn, a carpenter and millwright by trade, was not one to discard the old or broken for the new and different. He was from the generation that never threw anything away. When it broke, you fixed it. So when the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department decided  to use a 100-year-old, open dairy barn in east Windsor for training burns,  Milo, the Fire Chief,  offered to take it apart instead. He bought it for $1 in 1985 from a contractor, who planned to develop the land where the Mattie Washburn School and Pleasant Oak Park now stand.   ...read more Source: Press Democrat
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