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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.

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

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