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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.

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.

E Clampus Vitus honors historical Cloverdale buildings

Cloverdale, Shaw House Plaque, c2014

Plaques presented to Owl Cafe, Gould Shaw House On Saturday, Sept. 13, E Clampus Vitus, came to Cloverdale and commemorated the placement of two plaques. Known to be a fun loving group of men with prankster-type antics, they are also known for researching and honoring places of historical significance. Two locations were commemorated. One plaque was placed in a large rock in front of the Owl Café. It was presented by the Yerba Buena Chapter 1. The other was placed at the Gould Shaw House, now the site of the Cloverdale Museum, by the Sam Brannan Chapter 1004. “Clampers” from both chapters were on hand to participate in the ceremonies. Wearing their red t-shirts, they were observed all over Cloverdale from Thursday through Saturday. Source:: Cloverdale Reveille

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

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
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