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Dr. Daniel Markwyn will weave the scanty particulars of The Man Who Was Torn By the Bear and Body Found in the Laguna

Brief Lives of the North Bay: The Man Who Was Torn By the Bear and Body Found in the Laguna Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00pm Two men, one in 1833 and one in 1878, worked in the region north of San Pablo Bay that we know as Sonoma County. Both died violently and unexpectedly and both were buried in unmarked graves. Both of these men died where they did and when they did because of their participation in the continuing scramble to control and to exploit the land and the resources of northwestern North America and the opportunities offered by the region's location on the Pacific shore. Dr. Daniel Markwyn, Professor Emeritus in history at Sonoma State University, will weave the scanty particulars of these two men's lives into the larger history of nineteenth century Sonoma County and show how two obscure and under-documented events, widely separated in time and hardly noticed in the documentary record can reveal patterns and connections and deepen our understanding of Sonoma County's history. Dr. Markwyn taught at SSU until his retirement in 2001. Among the papers he has delivered are "Americanizing Early Sonoma County: A Process and a Place" and "The Long Reach of the Search for Luxury, Warmth, and Profit: The Sonoma County Region and the Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade." This event will be held at the University of San Francisco's Santa Rosa Campus, located at: 416 B Street Santa Rosa, CA, US, 95401 Museum Members $7.50 / General $10.00 Tickets can be purchased at our website under events or by contacting Michelle Novosel at 707 579-1500 x 13 or (Michelle will be out on Monday, March 24 but you can still leave a message or e-mail)

Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is 3/23/2014

Guest Speaker Mike Wilson presents YOUNG JACK LONDON For the 2014 Sonoma County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Mike will talk about “Young Jack London”, revealing little-known details of Jack’s youth, from his birth in 1876, to age 21, when he left Oakland to participate in the Klondike Gold Rush. Flamingo Hotel - 4th St. and Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa 11:00 AM -- No Host Bar, History Student Presentations, Raffle Fundraiser, and Great Conversation! 12:00 noon -- Luncheon, Awards, and Guest Speaker Print out the Flyer and Mail with your reservations:

SCHS Board Meeting Minutes – 10/23/2013

Sonoma County Historical Society Minutes Sonoma County Library Annex Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Board Members Present: Jeremy Nichols, Lee Torliatt, Marj Torliatt, John Schubert, Tony Hoskins, Jeff Tobes, Sean Bressie, Jim Shere, Ray Johnson, and Kathy Fitzpatrick Absent: Harry Lapham, Joann Mitchell, Guy Smith Guest: Mike Wilson Read more

Dr. Markwyn speaks at Sonoma County Museum Nov 7th, 2013


NOVEMBER 7- 7 PM - at the Sonoma County Museum

 Presented by Daniel Markwyn, PhD., Emeritus Professor of History, Sonoma State University Dr. Markwyn will examine the violent and untimely deaths of two men, one who died in 1833 and the other in 1878, while working in the region north of San Pablo Bay that we know as Sonoma County. Both men died as a result of their participation in the continuing scramble to control and exploit the land and the resources of northwestern North America. Piecing together the scanty particulars of these two men's lives, Dr. Markwyn will show how two obscure and under-documented events, widely separated in time, can reveal patterns and connections, connect us to an earlier time and deepen our understanding of Sonoma County's history.

Sonoma County Museum 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 $5 SCM members/ $7 Non members


SCHS Board Meeting Minutes – 9/25/2013

Sonoma County Historical Society Minutes Sonoma County Library Annex Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Read more

Heritage Network Meeting Minutes – Oct 12, 2013

Minutes of the Heritage Network Meeting 10/12/13 at the Carrillo Adobe Jo Markwyn (acting secretary for this meeting) Dan Murley spoke briefly about the significance of the Carrillo Adobe. He also appealed for someone to agree to be secretary for the Heritage Network to replace Evelyn McClure who is moving away. Larry Carrillo of the Friends of the Carrillo Adobe provided information on the current status of the Carrillo Adobe, the site of which is currently the property of Barry Swenson who proposes to build on part of the land and who has agreed to a park around the Adobe. However, plans have been stymied for years by the financial problems and exactly what will happen is unclear. He also pointed out that the remaining part of the Adobe is the house. The foundations of the larger north wing which was pictured in the HABS photos from the 1930's can still be seen when the vegetation is cleared. In addition recent archaeological investigations have discovered foundations to the south of the Adobe, between it and Montgomery Dr. These may not have been built upon. Larry also commended Dave Franzman's SRHS History Club for their work in cleaning the underbrush from the area so that today's meeting could be held. After the meeting Larry conducted a very informative tour of the Adobe. Read more

Heritage Network meeting at Carrillo Adobe Oct 12th.

Don't forget the Heritage Network meeting on Saturday the 12th at 10AM at the Carrillo Adobe on Montgomery in Santa Rosa just east of St. Eugene's. All historical organizations in Sonoma County are invited to send representatives. This is a rare opportunity to see the adobe up close since it is not open to the public. Members of the Carrillo family will be there.

Dan Peterson dies at 76

  Santa Rosa's classic, Roman-columned 1910 post office faced demolition 40 years ago when architect Dan Peterson advocated saving it by picking it up and sliding it out of the path of urban renewal. Some locals mocked the notion of moving the two-story, 1,700-ton stone edifice. Conservationist Peterson beamed in 1979 as it completed its snail-paced, two-block journey — and some spectators sported T-shirts that exclaimed, “They said it couldn't be done!”...... More
Related: Post office documentation and drawings

DeTurk Round Barn open to the public Oct 5th for tours.

Deturk Round BarnThe Sonoma County Historical Society (SCHS) continues to have its weekly booth at the new West End Farmers Market on Donahue Street in Santa Rosa. The market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. and is located next to the historic DeTurk Round Barn, now restored and available for rent.     On Sunday, October 5th, the Round Barn will be open to the public so market attendees can see how beautiful it is inside.  Come visit us and see the round barn! Jeremy Dwight Nichols President - Sonoma County Historical Society  

Iconic, Historic, beloved Coddingtown Mall sign is gone!!! - Where is it?

Many of the parts were rusted out, so workers will strip the sign to its frame and install new aluminum sheeting. New LED lights will replace the old bulbs, and it will be “shinier and cleaner,”
But fret not: the sign will be back up in about 30 days, said Kirstie Moore, property and development manager at Codding Enterprises. Press Democrat story...
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