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Free Training - Protecting Cultural Collections

A Free training coming to Petaluma Historical Museum thanks to a grant from the Getty Foundation and the California Asc. of Museums providing the training and trainers. Please see link below for your registration.

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

  Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Petaluma: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Petaluma Historical Museum Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Petaluma: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Petaluma Historical Museum Read more

CaVraCon 2013 - Conference on Digital Image Collections - This month

There is a conference being held at SSU on June 27-28, 2013 - Subject: managing and maintaining digital image collections. Thought this might be of interest to Historians in Sonoma County. Website Description: The California Visual Resources Association Conference, also known as CaVraCon, will provide presentations, case studies, and demos dealing with the many aspects of creating, managing and maintaining digital image collections, as well as the opportunity to network with both emerging professionals and veterans of the field.

Katherine J. Rinehart, MA Historian

Local Historian Peter Meyerhof reveals new information about the Blue Wing and Sonoma

Peter Meyerhof will make a presentation about his research on the historic Blue Wing Adobe Dr. on Thursday June 20th at 6:30 pm in the Sonoma Barracks. Meyerhof’s research has recently revealed significant new evidence for a portion of the Blue Wing Adobe predating the arrival of General Vallejo in 1834 and for it being an integral part of the Sonoma Mission. Read more...

Call for Papers - CCPH Conference - Deadline June 15th, 2013

The California Council for the Promotion of History invites YOUR ideas and expertise for the next CCPH conference, October 17-19, 2013, in Hanford, California. We are looking to YOU--our California colleagues--to make this conference the best ever. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2013.


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Student and New Professional Stipends for the 33rd Annual CCPH Conference October 17-19, 2013 in Hanford, CA

To encourage the development of Public History students and new professionals, CCPH offers conference stipends. The stipends are funded by CCPH and by a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation.Stipends include paid  by Coupon Companion Plugin" href="">conference registration fees, one year free CCPH membership, paid attendance at the annual Awards Luncheon, and up to $350. Priority will be given to applicants presenting papers at the conference. Recipients are expected to donate at least 4 hours at the conference. To apply, please send a one-page letter describing your education and work experience, and how you expect to benefit from the conference. Be sure to include your contact information (mailing address, phone number & email) and email it to . Please put CCPH Stipend 2013 in the subject line. Your  by Coupon Companion Plugin" href="">application must be received by Friday, September 13, 2013.

Call for Papers - Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History March 19-22, 2014 in Monterey, CA

From March 19-22, 2014, public historians from across the nation and around the world will be gathering in the historic city of Monterey, California, for the annual meeting of the National Council on Public History. Many unique tours, special events, and innovative sessions are planned. The call for papers is open until July 15. Members of CCPH and public historians everywhere are cordially invited to submit a paper or session proposal. The theme of the conference is: “Sustainable Public History.” We welcome submissions from all areas of the field, including teaching, museums, archives, heritage management, tourism, consulting, litigation-based research, and public service. Proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. For more information, visit the NCPH website Deadline for proposal submission is July 15, 2013.

Historical Society of Santa Rosa becomes a reality. First meeting held

The idea of a historical society has been long in the incubation process but with the 150th anniversary of Santa Rosa’s incorporation coming near, the time seemed right to begin putting the pieces together. In October, 2012, we called together several people interested in developing a society to gauge interest and energy in such an endeavor. It became clear almost immediately that the time was ripe and that we should continue to pursue this worthy project. It will be the historical society’s mission to find these projects and preserve or restore them and, of course, make the public aware of them. Visit Historical Society of Santa Rosa

State wants to charge citizens to see public court records

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
Viewing a public file at the Santa Rosa courthouse will cost $10 under a proposal from the state's judicial branch that is drawing fire from critics who say it will limit access to public information.
The new search fee is among 11 recommendations from a panel of judges, lawyers and legislators that have been sent to the governor to be added to his budget.  read more....

Happy Birthday Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank's birthday banner

The West County Museum opens with the Earl Carrillo Collection

Earl CarrilloSSU Library
The West County Museum opens with the Earl Carrillo Collection and A brief history of the Museum's 20th years in operation on Feb. 1. A reception will be held for the public and Carrillo family members On Saturday February 16, 1 to 4 pm. Drop by and have a cup of tea and find out about Earl Carrillo's Life (101 years)   and family history.

Susheel Bibbs Presents Her Chautauqua as Mary Ellen Pleasant - Annual Luncheon, March 24th

Guest Speaker Susheel Bibbs Presenting Her Chautauqua as Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

This unique, historical interactive performance by Dr. Susheel Bibbs will unfold the extraordinary saga of Mary Ellen Pleasant. Born a slave and known as “Mammy” Pleasant, this daring activist and entrepreneur was an associate of John Brown, and played an important role in the Underground Railroad. She is now recognized as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Her dramatic life spanned the Gold Rush and the Civil War, and was instrumental in shaping early San Francisco society, amassing a fortune with which she established Beltane Ranch in the Valley of the Moon. Dr. Bibbs, an EMMY award winning TV producer and scholar, is known as the “foremost expert on Mary Pleasant”. She will portray Mary Pleasant, and then take part in a question and answer session.

2013 Luncheon Flyer and reservation form

Pleasant was a Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X all rolled into one. Read more about her at Dr. Susheel Bibbs' website.

Last founding member, Jeanne Thurlow Miller dies

On January 9, 2013, Jeanne Thurlow Miller, which one of our awards is named after, passed away. She was 5 months short of her 100th birthday. She is believed to be the last living founding member of the Sonoma County Historical Society, as well as a past president. The last Society meeting she attended was in 2006, when an award was given in her name. She carried her love of history and research well into her nineties, passing all of her work onto her granddaughters. -Robert and Katey Miller Jeanne co-authored "Wild Oats in Eden: Sonoma County in the 19th Century" with Harvey J. Hansen in 1962. She also Authored "Seeing historic Sonoma today" in 1967. Jeanne Thurlow Miller's collection of exceptional watercolors, oils, and photographs represent turn-of-the-century Sonoma County lifestyles and landscapes. They can be seen at the Sonoma County Museum in March 2013.