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Pleasant was a Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X all rolled into one.

Dr. Susheel Bibbs presents the living history tribute to Mary Ellen Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights in California at this year's Annual Banquet luncheon in March.  More info to come soon.  Read more about Pleasant on her website

Lee Torliatt adds 2012 Timeline entries

Another year, another few entries to the history timeline. Check them out..

The 2013 Twenty-five mile walk is coming June 1st

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SCHS walk 2013 enrollment form

The Sonoma County Historical Society is sponsoring its Ninth Annual 20-25 mile historical walk through San Francisco Saturday, June 1, 2013 for history and physical fitness buffs. It will be led by experienced group walker, Jeff Tobes.  The last San Francisco walk in 2011 had 68 strong and wonderful walkers, even though it rained for part of the walk. The purpose of the walk is threefold: to increase health through walking, to learn about San Francisco’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 where we will stretch, get resupplied and shed or put on clothing. Driven by bus to the Marin County side of the Golden Gate, Bridge, tentatively the route will be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, walk through the Presidio, (Breakfast) to the Cliff House at the Pacific Ocean, along the beach, through Golden Gate Park (lunch) to Randall Museum, to Mission Dolores, to Union Square, to Chinatown, to Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ferry Building for dinner. The exact route will be determined by the advance team in the upcoming months, and posted on our website. Rest assured the route will be safe and fairly flat most of the way. If you need best preparation for such events go to Sweat Equity Fitness.  

SCHS walk 2013 enrollment form

25 mile walk - San Francisco

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Sir Francis Drake news!

 Sir Francis Drake

Michael Von der Porten reports: The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has formally proclaimed the Drake's Cove site within Drakes Bay as the officially-recognized landing site of Francis Drake in 1579.

Tour Guerneville's Old Pioneer Cemetery

OCTOBER 6, 2012 - 2pm "Tour Guerneville's Old Pioneer Cemetery" Tour narrated by Guerneville historian, John Schubert The cemetery is located at the top of the hill off Woodland Drive, which is off Armstrong Woods Road. Please carpool.

10-6-2012 Event Flyer

Sonoma Heritage Collections spice up the Media at the Library

Have you visited the Sonoma Heritage Collections page on the Sonoma County Library website?  It is nice to see some updated access to the History Annex's wealth of Media content.  Check it out!!!

Sutro Library Re-opens in San Francisco

Dear Researchers and Friends of the Sutro Library, I am so very pleased to announce that we will be opening the Sutro Library on Wednesday, August 1st. Our hours will be Monday through Friday 10AM-5PM. All of us here at the Sutro are truly grateful for the patience you have shown during the move to our new location here at San Francisco State University. As I have mentioned to most of you, the wait will not have been in vain as the new facilities are top notch, with an abundance of windows and natural lighting. Also, I would like you all to know that our interlibrary loan services are now operational and if you would like to obtain any of our circulating resources you can now do so through your local library. In addition to this, for those of you driving your vehicle here, I have provided you with a link below to SFSU's Parking & Transportation website. If you have any further questions about parking or anything else, please call 415-469-6100 or email us at Lastly, we would all like to personally thank each and every one of you for interest in, support of, and loyalty to, the Sutro Library. We look forward to seeing you all. Best regards, Diana Kohnke Librarian California State Library - Sutro Library J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 610 1630 Holloway Drive San Francisco, CA 94132-4030 415-469-6103

Santa Rosa Earthquakes Report c1970

I came across some historical data on Santa Rosa Earthquakes that may be interesting to some of you.
Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

Petaluma Museum Unveils “I Do!” with Vintage Wedding Fashions

The romance of antique wedding attire—lace, flounces, fine handwork—joins the historical record in a never-before exhibit of gowns and accessories from Petaluma Historical Museum’s textile collection. “I Do!” traces the stories of over 20 Petaluma brides from the 1870s to the 1930s through vintage photographs, personal stories and of course, the actual finery worn by the women. Textile Curator Teresa Fröschl pored through boxes of the museum’s collection to unwrap not only gowns but also veils, gloves, shoes and the dainty “unmentionables” that made up the brides’ trousseaus, as well as fashions for the groom, ring-bearer and flower girl. Volunteers in the Research Library searched for and located news accounts of many of the weddings, including those of some of Petaluma’s leading families such as the McNears and the Denmans. The exhibit comes to fruition courtesy of a grant that Ms. Fröschl secured from Community Foundation of Sonoma County to create and assemble 20 body forms that match the petite frames and corset-winnowed waistlines of the past brides. Modern mannequins simply “wouldn’t do,” which is why the garments languished for so long, stored in acid-free paper and boxes. Most of the gowns have not been available for viewing since they were folded away decades ago. “I Do!” opens July 15 and runs through September 30, 2012. A Reception for the public at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, will feature—what else?—cake and champagne. Admission: $3 Members and Seniors, $5 General.  Children 12 and under free.  The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA; 707-778-4398;