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The little engine that could, just can’t anymore - Support the Howarth Park Train

Howarth Park Train

Help Keep the Howarth Park Train in Motion

Santa Rosa Parks Foundation's 1st annual Family Fun Night is on October 10th at Howarth Park from 5-9pm. All proceeds from the night will go towards the purchase of a new ADA compliant Howarth Park Train. This event will include live musical performances by Pat Jordan Band, Bear’s Belly and Midnight Sun Massive, along with delicious provisions provided by The Wurst, Island Ice and Third Street Aleworks. Santa Rosa High School’s agricultural department is supplying pumpkins for a children’s pumpkin decorating booth and rides will run until sundown. The train has been a part of the Santa Rosa community for 44 years, and as stated in a previous article by the Press Democrat, “The little engine that could, just can’t anymore.” Currently, the C.P. Huntington costs the city of Santa Rosa $30,000 a year in maintenance and sadly due to its datedness, the 1863 replica steam engine is broken down 1/3 of the time. We ask the community to come together for this special event so that the future generations of our city can enjoy 50 more years of wonderful memories. Tickets will be sold at the venue or you can purchase them now at http://tinyurl.com/n58fxep. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children: adult entry fees include an adult beverage and children entry fees include a train ride.

Guerneville Cemetery Tour - Oct 11, 2014

 Join us for the 5th Annual Guerneville Cemetery Tour. Saturday, October 11th at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Directions from Main Street, Guerneville:  Go north on Armstrong Woods Road two blocks, turn right at the  fire house and follow the signs uphill.

Conference of California Historical Societies holds its 2014 Fall Symposium in Sonoma County

2014 Symposium The Fall Symposium will include sites that the Conference of California Historical Societies has never visited!  Program highlights include a tour of the Japanese Buddhist Temple to gain a better understanding of the life of Japanese farmers before and after World War II, Western Sonoma County history honoring the Pomo Indians, and our first ever trip to Fort Ross. Activities include visits to the Luther Burbank Experimental Farm and Local History at the Western Sonoma County Museum October 23 - 25, 2014 http://www.californiahistorian.com/fall_symposium  

Sonoma County Historical Society's Annual Picnic at Georgetown Sept 28th 2014

The Sonoma County Historical Society's Annual Picnic will be held at Georgetown from noon to 3pm on Sunday 28 September 2014. Guy Smith will do tours of Georgetown, including a 1912 truck used to ferry passengers from Glen Ellen railroad stations and Luther Burbank’s last automobile. Georgetown is at 4015 Frei Road, just east of Sebastopol. It is a beautiful place and it borders the Laguna de Santa Rosa. There is no charge for the picnic and you don't have to be a member to participate. SCHS will supply barbecued hot dogs, sausages, buns, and soft drinks. Please bring a dish to share. You may bring wine or beer for yourself and your friends if you wish. Please call Marj Torliatt (707-545-7507) or Joann Mitchell (707-545-5094) with the number of people in your group, so we know how many hot dogs to buy. Consider carpooling to reduce space needed for parking.

Jeremy Nichols, President
Sonoma County Historical Society

Sebastopol's landmark feed store plans comeback

Before last year's fire, Frizelle Enos feed store, a link to the region’s agricultural roots, had been in continuous operation since its founding as a feed mill in 1939, serving the west county and its commercial hub, Sebastopol. It has borne the Frizelle Enos label since two proprietors with those names assumed the business in 1946.

Operated out of a concrete-block retail building that shared the lot with a corrugated metal warehouse, the roughly 16,000-square-foot emporium offered livestock feeds and products, pet foods, ranchwear and related items, as well as what Stacey Renati called “little pluses and extras you wouldn’t expect,” like distinctive socks, soaps and lotions that sold surprisingly well.

The vintage red-and-white checkerboard pattern around the exterior walls, familiar to patrons and passers-by alike, will remain, as well as  its eclectic mix of merchandise, and even some of the personnel. ....Read more

Source: Press Democrat

St. Dorothy's Rest in Camp Meeker traces its history back 113 years

“Once you enter through the gate, the air is different... There's a timelessness about it.” St. Dorothy's Rest is the oldest continuously operated camp in California. Founded in 1901 with a 1-acre gift from lumber baron Melvin Meeker, the camp was the brainchild of Nellie Lincoln and her husband, the Rev. James Lincoln.   ...Read more Source: Press Democrat

Santa Rosa Junior College discovery

A mystery and a piece of #SRJC history are coming to life! This morning, while supervising the removal of our old, nonfunctional flag pole on Analy lawn, Facilities Operations staff members were looking for what they thought would be a “time capsule” on top of the pole. Paul Bielen, Director of Facilities Operations, said that they found a sealed ball, as well as what appears to be a weather-damaged piece of paper, inside the tube holding the ball. Does the paper carry a message to us from previous generations? Library technician Amy Malaise is going to study the sheet and let us all know. via Santa Rosa Junior College.

Cloverdale Cemetery Wall Project needs your help

A group of local volunteers, have dedicated many hours to repairing damaged headstones and maintaining civilian and veteran grave sites. Soon after the collapse, we approached the City of Cloverdale and informed them of the collapse of the retaining wall and severe damage caused to several gravesites. The Cloverdale Cemetery is owned by the City of Cloverdale who has already funded the engineering and soil analysis costs, however, the hard facts are that they have no additional funds for maintenance or to conduct any repairs to the wall.... Read more...    Cloverdale Cemetery Wall Project by Gort Klaatu - GoFundMe.

Fort Ross News and Opportunities

Fort Ross Festival, Training Opportunity for our Volunteers, Fort Ross Quilt Project, and 'Get to Know You' Parks Program. 

 

Fort Ross, c2012

Fort Ross State Historic Park is getting ready for our annual Fort Ross Festival held July 26th from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM where we celebrate the cultural diversity that makes Fort Ross such a unique place. The event is one day this year with scenarios, music, militia, crafts, and more all centered in the fort compound. We are reaching out to all our volunteers and anyone else who would like to volunteer with us to make this day a success. For good planning, we would like to ask you to respond as soon as possible if you plan on volunteering, with the latest being July 19 if you are wanting the free lunch.  There are many benefits in participating such as meeting other people of like interests, working with a team of dedicated staff, and meeting hundreds of enthusiastic visitors who love to learn, earning service credits for high school students, and contributing to your local community. As is our tradition, we will continue to focus on the everyday inhabitants and cultural aspects of this settlement.  We ask our volunteers to not just “look good,” but also give voice to the past, sharing your knowledge of the cultural diversity, crafts, arts, architecture, history and traditional activities of the early 19th century Ross inhabitants and neighbors. Our goal is to show the public a small piece of California and world history that will stimulate appreciation for our past and encourage a search for more information. With your help, we will present a wonderfully rich facet of Fort Ross that people of all ages will remember for years to come. Read more

Library website gets a rework

The Sonoma County Library has refreshed their website!!! Check it out...
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