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SCHS Annual Picnic at Jack London State Historic Park

Save the date, September 18, 2016!

The Sonoma County Historical Society invites all members and their guests to a picnic at Jack London State Historic Park. Date: Sunday, September 18. Time: 11AM to 3 PM. Place: Oak Grove (group) picnic area, Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. SCHS paid for the picnic area and negotiated free parking!

We will provide soda, water, hot dogs and buns. Please bring a dish to share (based on the first letter of your last name, bring appetizers A-H, salads I-R, desserts S-Z). Beer/wine is permitted (BYOB) so bring your cooler. Bring chairs and, if you have them, portable picnic tables.

Please RSVP online or by calling Joann Mitchell, 707-545-5094 or Marj Torliatt, 707-545-7507. (Reservations are necessary so we know how many hot dogs and buns to buy.)

Jeremy Nichols, President
Sonoma County Historical Society

Charlie Siebenthal presents expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad


The next program will be on Monday October 27, 2014

THE RAILROADS OF SONOMA VALLEY. NWPRRHS President Charlie Siebenthal will present a much expanded talk on the Sonoma Valley Railroad, its successor as the Sonoma Valley Branch of the NWP and the Sonoma Valley Branch of the Southern Pacific. Field work plus recently discovered maps and newspaper articles will be used to answer the many questions asked during his first talk on the railroads of Sonoma Valley.

Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Parking in the rear of the building. Take 101 to the College Avenue exit. Turn west onto College Avenue. Monroe Hall is on the left just past the G&G Shopping Center. For further information please contact Charlie Siebenthal at 707-838-8882 or Please mark this date on your calendars. If you wish to receive an email reminder of each program please send an email entitled "WN list" to Charlie Siebenthal at your email address will be held confidential.

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

What caused the fire? Was it an accident, or the work of an arsonist?

 Burning Down the House – A talk on the fire at Jack London’s Wolf House at the SonomaCounty Museum. August 22, 2013 at 7pm.

  100th anniversary of the Wolf House fire SSU Professor Emeritus, Jonah Raskin, to Talk About the Fire at Jack London’s Wolf House on Its 100th-Anniversary, August 22, 2013 at the Sonoma County Museum. 425 Seventh Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Talk begins at 7 PM. FREE for members of SCM, $7 for non-members. Call 707 579-1500 or register online here: Sonoma County Museum Event Fires and floods play famous roles in Sonoma County. Few fires have captured the popular imagination as intensely as the fire that devastated Jack London’s mansion, Wolf House, in 1913. On August 22, 2013, the 100th anniversary of the fire, SSU Professor Emeritus, Jonah Raskin puts on his detective cap, sifts though the evidence and cross-examines the major and the minor suspects. Raskin’s talk takes place at the Sonoma County Museum. Local historian and Press Democrat columnist, Gaye Le Baron, introduces the speaker, and adds comments of her own.

Yes! Jack London was a farmer too.

Check out this video on Jack London...

Jack London's Pig Palace from Scott Mitchell on Vimeo.