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SCHS 2018 Picnic - Tolay Lake Regional Park

The Sonoma County Historical Society announces its 2018 Annual Picnic, to be held from 11AM to 3PM on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma.

Regional Parks had planned to have Tolay open to the general public but this was delayed due to the fires. At this time it is not known if the public opening will be delayed past September 16 th . We will be welcome regardless and might have the entire park to ourselves.

Directions: Take Lakeville Highway (CA-116) southeast from Petaluma. At Ernie’s Tin Barn, continue southeast on Lakeville as CA-116 turns left for Sonoma. Watch for the Keller Estate Winery sign and turn left onto Mangel Ranch Road (Cannon Lane). Continue past the winery to the end of the road (asphalt becomes gravel). Enter the park through the open gate and go downhill to the parking area. We have the group picnic area for the day.

Tolay Lake Regional Park Link

Sonoma County Historical Society will provide sausages/hot dogs and buns, soft drinks, and water (there is NO safe drinking water in the park). You may bring wine and beer for yourself and to share if you wish. Please bring a tablecloth and a dish to share.

If your last name begins with

  • A to I—appetizers
  • J to R—salad
  • S to Z—dessert
  • Tolay Lake’s 3,434 acres makes it the largest Regional Park. It is a great place for hiking and wildlife watching. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes! Regional Parks may be able to arrange a Hay Ride with an antique tractor and wagon.

    Our invited guest speaker is Chairman Dr. Greg Sarris, of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Greg will read from his book, How a Mountain Was Made, a cycle of stories inspired by Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation stories that center on the Santa Rosa plain, Copeland Creek, and the sacred site of Sonoma Mountain.


    Graton Rancheria Greg Sarris - How a Mountain was Made

    The picnic is free to SCHS members and their guests but the park charges $7.00 for parking unless you have a Regional Parks membership. We suggest you make friends with someone who has a pass and carpool. Those planning to attend, please call Marjorie Torliatt after Aug. 15 at 707-545-7507 to make a reservation. Reservations are requested so we know how much food and drink to purchase.

    2018 walk update #2

    Attention Walkers of Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk
    Date – April 28th, 2018
    Start location --- Doyle Park, Hoen Ave entrance where the ballpark is
    Registration time --- 6:00 am
    Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org
    You may pay and register on line. Or you may register online and mail in a check

    When you enroll online you can pay by credit card or PayPal. You can also pay with a check as well, by enrolling online and mail me a check in with a short note and I will do the rest. The walk route is posted online at sonomahistory.org and I know that there will be sections and places that you have never been. There will lots of photos of the historical spots showing what it looked like years ago, so everyone should be able to help by holding the photos like last year’s walk. Santa Rosa has some very good and important history. There will be short talks on Luther Burbank, downtown history, 1906 earthquake, Maria Carrillo adobe, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the 1969 earthquake.

    The walk will be almost all flat, there is a couple of hills in the rural cemetery, we will be walking through the Church of One Tree and the DeTurk Round Barn and a beautiful section along Santa Rosa Creek. We will also see where Robert Ripley was born and where he is buried, and we will see where a sheriff was killed and where the perpetrators where lynched. There will be all kinds of wonderful architecture to see as well as incredible landscapes.

    We will meet at the Doyle Park ballfield 6:00am and. Breakfast will be at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens after we walk through the Burbank Gardens Historic District and parts of downtown. Lunch at Santa Rosa Junior College, and dinner back at Doyle Park The weather should be very pleasant, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. The support vehicle will carry everything for you, so you don’t have to, but you should be prepared to carry water. The support vehicle will be available periodically, at short intervals including the port-a-pottys. Training for this event is necessary, you should be walking regularly with some longer walks. Don’t push it all to the last week, your feet won’t take it. In fact it would be good to not walk much a couple of days before the walk. If anyone wants to lead any practice walks, let me know and I will post them.

    You need to carry these two phone numbers with you during the walk for emergencies. If you need help or anything and if you need to exit the walk please let us know. Ray 707-535-6476 and Sean 707-528-7326. Since this walk is all in the city we will not be keeping track of everyone and if someone needs to leave early or join us late that will be okay. We still need a tee shirt sponsor; the cost is $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back. If you know anyone would be interested in being the tee shirt sponsor refer them to Cecilia at 707-953-0186. Business card sponsors are also welcome and shall be shown on the map and website, you can do that through the registration process.

    We need a volunteer to pick up breakfast and coffee in the morning.

    The 2018 walk will be the last that Cecilia and I are organizing so if anyone wishes to continue the walks this would be a time to step forward to see what is involved.

    Ray Johnson
    707-535-6476
    63sprintray@gmail.com

    2018 walk update #1 - Attention Walkers

    Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk
    Date – April 28th, 2018
    Start location --- Doyle Park, Hoen Ave entrance where the ballpark is
    Registration time --- 6:00 am

    You may pay and register on line at http://sonomacountyhistory.com/event-2851084 , Or you may register online and mail in a check.

    We are expecting a good turnout for this year’s April 28th walk. When you enroll online you can pay by credit card or PayPal. You can also pay with a check as well, by enrolling online and mail me a check in with a short note and I will do the rest.

    The walk route is posted online at sonomahistory.org and I believe that there will be sections that you have never been on before. There will lots of photos of the historical spots showing what it looked like years ago, so everyone should be able to help by holding the photos like last year’s walk. Santa Rosa has some very good and important history. There will be short talks on Luther Burbank, downtown history, 1906 earthquake, Maria Carrillo adobe, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the 1969 earthquake.

    The walk will be almost all flat, there is a couple of hills in the rural cemetery, we will be walking through the Church of One Tree and the DeTurk Round Barn. We will also see where Robert Ripley was born and where he is buried, and we will see where a sheriff was killed and where the perpetrators where lynched.

    We will meet at the Doyle Park ballfield 6:00am and. Breakfast will be at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens after we walk through the Burbank Gardens Historic District and parts of downtown.

    The weather should be very pleasant, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. The support vehicle will carry everything for you, so you don’t have to, but you should be prepared to carry water. The support vehicle will be available periodically, at short intervals including the port-a-pottys.

    Training for this event is necessary, you should be walking regularly with some longer walks. Don’t push it all to the last week, your feet won’t take it. In fact it would be good to not walk much a couple of days before the walk. If anyone wants to lead any practice walks, let me know and I will post them.

    You need to carry these two phone numbers with you during the walk for emergencies. If you need help or anything and if you need to exit the walk please let us know. Ray 707-535-6476 and Sean 707-528-7326. Since this walk is all in the city we will not be keeping track of everyone and if some needs to leave early or join us late that will be okay.

    We still need a tee shirt sponsor; the cost is $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back. If you know anyone would be interested in being the tee shirt sponsor refer them to Cecilia at 707-953-0186, since she has been handling the donations. Business card sponsors are also welcome and shall be shown on the map and website.

    We need a volunteer to pick up breakfast and coffee in the morning.

    The 2018 walk will be the last that Cecilia and I are organizing so if anyone wishes to continue the walks this would be a time to step forward to see what is involved.

    Ray Johnson
    707-535-6476
    63sprintray@gmail.com

    14TH ANNUAL 20 MILE HISTORY WALK - APRIL 28th 2018

    HELP US CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF SANTA ROSA BY EXPLORING THE HISTORY AND BEAUTY OF THE CITY OF ROSES

    The price for the day of walking and history includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tee Shirt AND ONE YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP to the Sonoma County Historical Society. $75 ADULTS, $10 UNDER 18 INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT FORM: SONOMACOUNTYHISTORY.ORG/Historywalk INFORMATION: RAY JOHNSON 707-535-6476 63sprintray@gmail.com
    Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

    2018 SCHS Annual Banquet - March 11th

    It’s getting closer to deadline time for the Sonoma County Historical Society’s annual banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa Sunday, Mar. 11.
    Coordinator Sharie Sbrazza says you can still sign up for the even online until Thursday, Mar. 8.

    LINK TO ONLINE SIGNUP

    Author and columnist Gaye LeBaron will be the featured speaker.
    Marking the City of Santa Rosa’s sesquicentennial (150th year), LeBaron will discuss: Santa Rosa Then and Now, the Pluckiest City in California—the “Before and After” of Natural Disasters. In addition to writing more than 8,000 entertaining columns for The Press Democrat over the years, she has also pioneered a number of major books on Sonoma County. Early on, she wrote the foreword for the pioneering work Wild Oats in Eden: Sonoma County in the 19th century. The collaborating group in the 1960s included Harvey Hansen, Jeanne Thurlow Miller, and photographers Ansel Adams, John LeBaron and Beth Winter. In 1985, LeBaron, Hansen, Dee Blackman and Joann Mitchell collaborated on Santa Rosa: a Nineteenth Century Town. In 1993, LeBaron joined with with Joann Mitchell on Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century Town. After 42 fruitful years, she went into semi-retirement in 2001. She still writes at least twice a month in The Press Democrat and has been busy working on fire stories since the tragic events of October, 2017. LeBaron attended Sonoma Valley High School and then moved on to Santa Rosa Junior College, before earning a B.A. in English and History at UC, Berkeley. She interned three summers at the Press Democrat and took a full-time job in 1957.

    She has done numerous interviews of local historians and has taught classes at Santa Rosa Jr. College and at the Lifelong Learning Center at Sonoma State University.

    In 2001, LeBaron made gifts of her interview notes and research material to the Sonoma State University Library special collections department. The material later was added to the school’s online catalog and is available on a website for use by students, researchers and community organizations. She has been honored as grand marshal of the Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival (1984) and Sonoma County woman of the year in 2015 by Congressman Mike Thompson. She also received the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. Gaye and photographer/instructor John LeBaron were married in l958 and they had two children. He died in 2014.

    The Banquet

    Three items are on the Mar. 11 menu, Roasted Chicken Breast, Pacific Salmon and Pad Thai Noodles Vegetarian dish. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Checks should be sent no later than Mar. 1 to Sharie Sbrazza at P.O. Box 406, Santa Rosa, 95402. Phone 707-546-6764 or email andiamotravel@hotmail.com. The Flamingo is located at 4th St. and Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch starts at noon. There will be a presentation of history awards, part of our annual tradition, a report to members and board election and presentations by History Day students. There will also be a raffle.

    For those desiring, board president Jeremy Nichols said the SCHS could use help in funding lunches for History Day Students as well as donations to help victims of the fire in October

    ONLINE SIGNUP

    Signup Flyer
    Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

    2017 History Society picnic spot is Sturgeon’s Mill - Sept 17th

    For this year’s Sonoma County History Society picnic, our historic chosen spot is Sturgeon’s Mill, at 2150 Green Hill Road west of Sebastopol. It’s a great place to get a sense of what rural life was like back in the late 19th and early 20th century. SCHS day at the mill is Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. on. The visit is open to members and friends. We ask that you let us know if you are coming and how many are in your party by phoning Sharie Sbrazza at 707-570-7076 or Marjorie Torliatt at 707-545-7507. Hot lunches will be available for sale at reasonable prices although people can also bring goodies from home if they so desire. There are some restrictions. No dogs are allowed, and the same goes for alcoholic beverages and recreational drugs. It’s recommended that people wear flat shoes, since there are some slippery areas, and since we are not going to a Broadway musical, high heels don’t seem quite right.

    Since we’ll only a few miles from the ocean, mill veterans tell us to dress in layers and take photos in the morning. The mill, with 60 or so volunteers, welcomes visitors four weekends a year. The last weekend opening is Oct. 14-15.

    In the 2nd half of the 19th century, logging was a dangerous business. Mules, oxen and horses pulled logs out of the woods. Things got better in the 1880s, when steam-powered Donkey engines came along, improving production of lumber. Arrival of the North Coast Railroad in 1877 opened the Russian River area to more intense logging. Partners Wade Sturgeon, John Donati and J.W. Gonella opened the first Sturgeon’s Mill in Coleman Valley in 1914. In the 1920s, the mill was moved to its present location. In 1942, Wade’s son Ralph and Jim Henningsen became partners and continued in business until 1964.

    The current activities include a chance to view close-up an 1890s Atlas Steam Engine which drives a saw blade that cuts through giant redwood and fir logs. Also in prime condition, especially in a year when we’ve had lots of rain, are the Woodland Gardens first planted by Wayne and Esther Sturgeon many years ago. Driving directions: From Hwy. 101 in Santa Rosa, take Hwy. 12 exit toward Sebastopol; go on Hwy. 12 for 3.4 miles, then take a right onto Fulton Road (just one block) and turn west (left) onto Occidental Road; After 7 miles, turn right onto Green Hill Rd., go one-half mile down hill to the bottom where you will find the parking lot.

    Amazing Free Community Event - May 21st, 2017

    Don’t miss the first annual Finding History in Sonoma County – A Day of Discovery on Sunday, May 21st, 2017! It is free and open to the public, and is being held at the historic DeTurk Round Barn on 919 Donahue St in Santa Rosa from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    The purpose of the Finding History in Sonoma County event is to discover, celebrate and promote the historical records collections held by 34 Sonoma County based organizations. The event will include presentations by local authors and historians, book signings by nine local authors, a tour of the historic West End neighborhood and mini workshops focused on the preservation of archival materials. There will be special appearances by the Model A Ford Club and individuals in period costume.

    Finding History in Sonoma County will serve as an opportunity to learn from other organizations and share valuable resources with the public, in what we hope will be the first of many such events that celebrates our county’s history.

    Call 545-0831 ext 1562 for more information.

    2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

    ONLINE REGISTRATION

    Sunday, March 19th, 2017
    with DENNIS MCNALLY
    A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
    and Susana Millman
    Alive with the Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera
    Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

    2017 Banquet Flier

    ONLINE REGISTRATION

    2017 walk update #2

    Attention Walkers of Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk

    Date – April 1st, 2017 Start location --- Park and Ride at highway 101 and the first Healdsburg exit, south side of town Registration time --- 5:30 am Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org/historywalk You may pay and register on line. Or you may register online and mail in a check We are expecting a good turnout for this year’s April 1st walk in Healdsburg 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 online at sonomacountyhistory.org. The route starts in Healdsburg with breakfast at Big John’s Market; up Chiquita Rd and through the Salvation Army facility at Lytton Springs. Through Geyserville where we have a special lunch spot next to the river. Next, we continue up to Asti where we will have a special tour of the old Italian Swiss Colony tasting room. This is not to be missed. Onward through old Cloverdale for dinner and then a bus ride back to Healdsburg. Some of this walk will be alongside vineyards to avoid the main road if it is not too muddy. There is plenty of pretty countryside to see on this walk and I think it will be one for the history books.

    Training for this event is recommended, if you have not begun walking you should be starting to train for the walk; to get in shape. Start with daily 1-3 mile walks with some 5+ walks occasionally, next month boost your daily walks to 3-6 miles with occasional 10+ and do at least a couple of 15+ walks before April 1st. Don’t push it all to the last week, your feet won’t take it. In fact, it would be good to not walk much a couple of days before the walk.

    I thank Cecilia for doing much of the legwork for this walk. We still need to arrange for a bus, if anyone has a contact or lead please let me know. Oh, and we still need a tee shirt sponsor, this costs $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back.

    The history will be like last year’s walk with pictures and some speaking. Ray Johnson

    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.
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