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Memorial for photographer John LeBaron to be held April 6

A memorial celebration for respected Sonoma County photographer and teacher John LeBaron will be held Sunday, April 6 at Santa Rosa Junior College. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140322/articles/140329874

Dr. Daniel Markwyn will weave the scanty particulars of The Man Who Was Torn By the Bear and Body Found in the Laguna

Brief Lives of the North Bay: The Man Who Was Torn By the Bear and Body Found in the Laguna Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00pm Two men, one in 1833 and one in 1878, worked in the region north of San Pablo Bay that we know as Sonoma County. Both died violently and unexpectedly and both were buried in unmarked graves. Both of these men died where they did and when they did because of their participation in the continuing scramble to control and to exploit the land and the resources of northwestern North America and the opportunities offered by the region's location on the Pacific shore. Dr. Daniel Markwyn, Professor Emeritus in history at Sonoma State University, will weave the scanty particulars of these two men's lives into the larger history of nineteenth century Sonoma County and show how two obscure and under-documented events, widely separated in time and hardly noticed in the documentary record can reveal patterns and connections and deepen our understanding of Sonoma County's history. Dr. Markwyn taught at SSU until his retirement in 2001. Among the papers he has delivered are "Americanizing Early Sonoma County: A Process and a Place" and "The Long Reach of the Search for Luxury, Warmth, and Profit: The Sonoma County Region and the Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade." This event will be held at the University of San Francisco's Santa Rosa Campus, located at: 416 B Street Santa Rosa, CA, US, 95401 Museum Members $7.50 / General $10.00 Tickets can be purchased at our website sonomacountymuseum.org under events or by contacting Michelle Novosel at 707 579-1500 x 13 or mnovosel@sonomacountymuseum.org (Michelle will be out on Monday, March 24 but you can still leave a message or e-mail)

Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is 3/23/2014

Guest Speaker Mike Wilson presents YOUNG JACK LONDON For the 2014 Sonoma County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Mike will talk about “Young Jack London”, revealing little-known details of Jack’s youth, from his birth in 1876, to age 21, when he left Oakland to participate in the Klondike Gold Rush. Flamingo Hotel - 4th St. and Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa 11:00 AM -- No Host Bar, History Student Presentations, Raffle Fundraiser, and Great Conversation! 12:00 noon -- Luncheon, Awards, and Guest Speaker Print out the Flyer and Mail with your reservations:

10th Annual History walk (2014) is fast approaching...See SEBASTOPOL to MONTE RIO up close and personal.

****  Enrollment Form  **** The Sonoma County Historical Society is sponsoring its Tenth Annual 20-25 mile historical walk from Sebastopol to Monte Rio on Saturday, June 7, 2014 (rain or shine) for history and physical fitness buffs. It will be led by experienced group walker, Jeff Tobes.  Last year's walk in San Francisco had 116 'marathon' (literally) walkers. The purpose of the walk is threefold: to increase health through walking, to learn about Sonoma County' s unique history, and to promote Sonoma County. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, healthy snacks, support vehicle, bus, hourly stretches, and interesting people and sights will be provided. The support vehicle will meet us every hour, or so, where we will stretch, get resupplied, and shed or put on clothing. The tentative route will begin at Luther Burbank's cottage at Goldridge Farm in Sebastopol, then along the Joe Rodota Trail to Georgetown (breakfast), through the wonderful town of Graton, to downtown Forrestville, paralleling the path of the Northwestern Pacific Railway (River Road) toward the Hollydale Club, to Summer Home Park, to Highercroft Beach (lunch), to Odd Fellows Park, safely through four properties along Pocket Canyon to Guerneville, through the hills of Monte Rio to the amphitheatre in Monte Rio (dinner). The exact route will be determined by the advance team in the upcoming months and updated to the walkers by email and/or our website. 2014 walk map                   ****  Enrollment Form  ****   The 3rd Annual Photo Contest is open to walkers this year. Shutterbug Camera has donated gift certificates to the winners.

Heritage Network meeting at Carrillo Adobe Oct 12th.

Don't forget the Heritage Network meeting on Saturday the 12th at 10AM at the Carrillo Adobe on Montgomery in Santa Rosa just east of St. Eugene's. All historical organizations in Sonoma County are invited to send representatives. This is a rare opportunity to see the adobe up close since it is not open to the public. Members of the Carrillo family will be there.

Those Were the Daze, My Friend! (from Londonside Lodge to the Rustic Inn)

On November 2nd the Glen Ellen Historical Society will present the next in their popular series of Saturday afternoon programs on the heritage and legacy of the Valley of the Moon. Titled "Those Were the Daze, My Friend! (from Londonside Lodge to the Rustic Inn)" it will feature a rambling and far-ranging conversation with live music by Those Who Were There, all about what can be remembered of the valley scene during the Sixties and Seventies (a half century or so ago). Read more

Sacramento archives crawl is this month

Sacramento Archives Crawl is an annual Archives Month event held the first Saturday in October (Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Crawlers tour among four host archives in Sacramento, gathering stamps in their passports as they view treasures from dozens of archives and special collections libraries, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the-scenes tours. More info  

DeTurk Round Barn open to the public Oct 5th for tours.

Deturk Round BarnThe Sonoma County Historical Society (SCHS) continues to have its weekly booth at the new West End Farmers Market on Donahue Street in Santa Rosa. The market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. and is located next to the historic DeTurk Round Barn, now restored and available for rent.     On Sunday, October 5th, the Round Barn will be open to the public so market attendees can see how beautiful it is inside.  Come visit us and see the round barn! Jeremy Dwight Nichols President - Sonoma County Historical Society  

Kitchen Memories: Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection

"An exhibition to entertain people and inspire them to learn about our kitchen culture through utensils and implements. The art of their design along with their function throughout history is illuminating.” 

—Kathleen Hill

At:  Sonoma Valley Museum of Art On: September 7, 2013 to December 1, 2013 Kitchen Memories: Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection | Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Support the Rural Cemeterey

THE RURAL CEMETERY, the tree-shaded historical treasure on Santa Rosa's Franklin Avenue, requires a lot of attention. The cemetery is the community prize it is because of the care it receives from volunteers on the Preservation Committee. This group also puts on a grand party. Preparations are quickening for the Historical Ball that is coming July 20 to Mableton, AKA the McDonald Mansion. It's an opportunity to dress from the era of 1830 to 1930, take a dance lesson under the stars, tour the gardens, enjoy an elegant meal and watch a hat fashion show arranged by hostess Jennifer Webley's Portobello Hats. Chris Smith - The Press Democrat

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