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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

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

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...
libraryReworkSonoma County Library

2014 walk update #4

The 2014 - 25 mile walk advance team (Jeff Tobes, Jeremy Nichols) were out Memorial day making sure we know every step and turn of the tour for the June 7th walk.

Sonoma County Historical Society 25 Mile Walk - June 7, 2014 Russian River Area to Monte Rio UPDATE #4 May 26, 2014- Memorial Day Update #4 for June 7 WALK! Official # walking: 75 Good news! The 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 came through once again and donated $500 to the walk to defray the cost of all walkers under the age of 18 to only $10! Thank you 20-30 Club! Mom's Apple Pie of Forrestville is donating 4 wonderful fruit pies for our dinner. Carlene Ferguson volunteered to handle the thank you notes. Thanks Carlene! Read more

Help Me Get Plastered - Adobe State Park Building Fundraiser

Fundraiser to Re-plaster The Historic and Educational Adobe State Park Building Sponsored by: Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association Lagunitas Brewing Company, Argus Courier Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 Location: Lagunitas Brewing Company 1280 No.McDowell Blvd. Petaluma Time: 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. Cost: $40.00 pre date, $45.00 at the Door. Includes food Silent Auction Music by JOY RIDE For Tickets Call: 707-938-4626 Sonoma Valley Box Office  

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St. Rose Church Building through the years

The Catholic church is looking to restore and retrofit the Stone building on B street.  Take a look at it through the years.
    Press Democrat Story  

Heritage Network meeting - April 12, 2014

The next Heritage Network meeting is 10:00 AM, Saturday, 12 April 2014 at the University of San Francisco in Santa Rosa, 416 B Street, opposite the Plaza Shopping Center near 5th Street, Dan Murley presiding.  Pay Parking is available in a lot just to the north on B Street, or two blocks away off 7th Street.

Santa Rosa High 140 year Anniversary open house from 1pm to 4pm March 30th!!!

      Santa Rosa High School will be feted Sunday with an open house and birthday party of sorts as Panthers celebrate 140 years in business. Santa Rosa High, which counts its birth in 1874 while classes officially began a year later, is the second-oldest high school in Sonoma County, behind Petaluma High which opened in 1873...... http://www.pressdemocrat.com
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