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Burbank Gardens seeking helpers

Calling all gardeners and garden lovers. The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is looking for docents, gift shop works and gardeners, to work at the historic site on a volunteer basis.

Gardeners volunteer two morning shifts per month year-round while docents and gift shop workers commit to three shifts per month from April through October. Training begins Saturday, Feb. 27. No experience is necessary. To apply call 524-5445 or email BurbankHome@LutherBurbank.org.

Washoe House north of Petaluma sold

The popular watering hole and restaurant at Stony Point and Roblar roads have new owners.
Covered in a layer of road dust, the red Old West building with white trim has stood along the country-road thoroughfare between Petaluma and Santa Rosa since 1859, first as a stagecoach stop then as a watering hole.
Source: Press Democrat - Washoe House north of Petaluma being sold

Petaluma's historic Washoe House restaurant sold

The new owners will tidy up the joint and renovate/repair as needed, but likely the key elements will remain, such as the bar ceiling thickly papered with business cards, photographs, and lots and lots of dollar bills. Source: SFgate.com  Petaluma's historic Washoe House restaurant sold

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

Nailing it down at Blue Wing

Sonoma, Blue Wing, c1906

Work continues at The Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street — Lot 35 in Mariano Vallejo's master plan of 1835 — as the historic adobe gets a seismic upgrade and new roof. The unreinforced masonry building was designated as potentially hazardous in 1990, and has been vacant since 2001. It is owned by the California State Parks, which paid for the ongoing repairs. More work will be needed to meet code requirements, a critical step towards the adaptive reuse model – including the possible rental of business space – promoted by the nonprofit Blue Wing Adobe Trust to fund … ...read more Source: Sonoma Valley Sun

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  

LeBaron: Fountaingrove's forgotten winery disappearing into history

Fountaingrove WinerySean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

Fountaingrove Winery from the air - c1930s

  There's been a lot of talk around town lately about historic buildings. St. Rose Church, the Cannery and, always on our mind, the Carrillo Adobe, oldest of them all. But not a lot is said about what's left of the Fountain Grove Winery .... More at Press Democrat.com

THE EMPIRE BUILDING AND THE CLOCK TOWER

Next time you're walking in downtown Santa Rosa, take an eyeful of the "Empire Building," and notice that something's wrong. The building itself is quite 20th century - but the clock tower harks back to America in the years after the Civil War. What were they thinking? Slapping an old-fashioned clock tower on an elegant new building does not fine architecture make. Now the most well-recognized structure downtown, it was originally the Santa Rosa Bank Building, built at the same location of the bank destroyed by the Great Earthquake of 1906. Read more at  I See by the Papers...

Help Me Get Plastered - Adobe State Park Building Fundraiser

Fundraiser to Re-plaster The Historic and Educational Adobe State Park Building Sponsored by: Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association Lagunitas Brewing Company, Argus Courier Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 Location: Lagunitas Brewing Company 1280 No.McDowell Blvd. Petaluma Time: 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. Cost: $40.00 pre date, $45.00 at the Door. Includes food Silent Auction Music by JOY RIDE For Tickets Call: 707-938-4626 Sonoma Valley Box Office  

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St. Rose Church Building through the years

The Catholic church is looking to restore and retrofit the Stone building on B street.  Take a look at it through the years.
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