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Sonoma County Historical Society

2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
with DENNIS MCNALLY
A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
and Susana Millman
Alive with the Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera
Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

2017 Banquet Flier

ONLINE REGISTRATION

2017 walk update #2

Attention Walkers of Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk

Date – April 1st, 2017 Start location --- Park and Ride at highway 101 and the first Healdsburg exit, south side of town Registration time --- 5:30 am Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org/historywalk You may pay and register on line. Or you may register online and mail in a check We are expecting a good turnout for this year’s April 1st walk in Healdsburg and now you can enroll and pay online if you wish, however you can also pay with a check as well.

The walk route is posted online at sonomacountyhistory.org. The route starts in Healdsburg with breakfast at Big John’s Market; up Chiquita Rd and through the Salvation Army facility at Lytton Springs. Through Geyserville where we have a special lunch spot next to the river. Next, we continue up to Asti where we will have a special tour of the old Italian Swiss Colony tasting room. This is not to be missed. Onward through old Cloverdale for dinner and then a bus ride back to Healdsburg. Some of this walk will be alongside vineyards to avoid the main road if it is not too muddy. There is plenty of pretty countryside to see on this walk and I think it will be one for the history books.

Training for this event is recommended, if you have not begun walking you should be starting to train for the walk; to get in shape. Start with daily 1-3 mile walks with some 5+ walks occasionally, next month boost your daily walks to 3-6 miles with occasional 10+ and do at least a couple of 15+ walks before April 1st. Don’t push it all to the last week, your feet won’t take it. In fact, it would be good to not walk much a couple of days before the walk.

I thank Cecilia for doing much of the legwork for this walk. We still need to arrange for a bus, if anyone has a contact or lead please let me know. Oh, and we still need a tee shirt sponsor, this costs $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back.

The history will be like last year’s walk with pictures and some speaking. Ray Johnson

2017 Walk is coming April 1st.. No Fooling! - Sign up Now

Walk Update #1
Date – April 1st 2017
Start location --- Park and ride at 101 and Healdsburg Ave.
Registration time --- TBA

Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org/historywalk

You will be able to pay on line or mail in check with application.

For April 1st , 2017, we shall be having the Annual Jeff Tobes Memorial Walk presented by the Sonoma County Historical Society. This year’s walk will be in and around Healdsburg and then north through Lytton Springs, Geyserville, Asti and Cloverdale. The route and stops are in their preliminary stage now and more information will be coming as we pull it together. Just like previous years there will be surprises.

If any of you would like to help, please give me a call. Items that we need help on is: arrange busses, lunch, dinner, contacting sponsors, thank you letters, fruit, ice, snacks, water, and we need a tee shirt sponsor.

If you have any questions, please reply to this eMail or contact me at:
Ray@sonomacountyhistory.org or 707-535-6476

Sincerely,

Ray Johnson
SCHS History Walk

The 2017 Annual History walk will be in April instead of June

Stay tuned for details on the Jeff Tobes Memorial History walk April 1st, 2017 from Healdsburg to Cloverdale.

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

Sonoma County Historian 2016 #1 in the mail shortly

If you are a member of the Society, you will be receiving your Historian in the next week.

In this issue:
SCHS Banquet, p. 2
Houdini Search, pp. 4-6
Jasper O’Farrell, pp. 7-12
Petaluma Argus, pp. 13-16
Jack London, pp.18-19
Christo at Museum, p. 21
Members, p. 22
Friends Lost, p. 22-23v
Daken’s Screen, p. 23
Book Review, p. 24-5
Upcoming Events, p. 26.
Walk in Sonoma, p. 28

2016 Banquet, March 20th - How We Came to Make Such Fine Wines

Get your Tickets ONLINE
It’s no accident that the Sonoma County Historical Society modestly boasts of what we like to think is our skill at putting together interesting annual banquets. This year is no exception. The big show Sunday, Mar. 20 at the Flamingo Hotel includes a round-table discussion on wine, a fine luncheon, awards, raffles, a look at History Day activities, conversations with old friends, and who knows what else.

The program for this year’s annual luncheon is a panel discussion titled “How We Came to Make Such Fine Wines”. We hope to present a wide-ranging panel discussion, featuring distinctly different voices, to tell the grand and fascinating story of how— throughout our history— Sonoma County wines have become so well known throughout the world.

Five speakers are taking part, according to coordinator Jim Shere: Michael Topolos, who will speak on the history of winemaking in Sonoma County since its beginnings with the mission padres; John Burdick, who will speak about the evolution of the appellations, terroir, varietals, vintages, marketing and presentation of the fine wines of Sonoma County; Frank Pastori, who worked the vineyards and cellars near Geyserville since Prohibition, and will talk about the wines of the North County from a personal perspective; George MacLeod, who will talk about his personal experiences establishing and developing a quality vineyard and winery in Sonoma Valley; and special guest George Webber, impersonating Count Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa, who will act as moderator.
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2015 Picnic at the amazing Castelli Ranch Sept 13th

The Sonoma County Historical Society invites you to come visit the amazing Castelli Collection with us!

Castelli's Ranch

Castelli's Ranch

Steve and Glenda Castelli have been collecting just about everything they ever saw over the past half century, and what they’ve got will take you on a long journey deep into the American past.

What have they got? —classic autos and trucks, old tractors and gas station signs and pumps, games and toys of every description, Lionel Trains and Schwinns and Flexy Racers, kitchen kitsch from the sublime to the outrageous, and much, much more than all that.

Here’s your chance to wander through their private museum during the Sonoma County Historical Society Annual Picnic, from 11 to 2 on Sunday, September 13th. The Castelli Ranch is located at 420 Grapevine Lane in Healdsburg, off Eastside Road, just west of Highway 101. We’ll provide free hot dogs and sausages, as long as you bring a salad or dessert to share. Nonmembers are welcome, so bring your friends— there’s no charge, but reservations are required to make sure there’ll be enough food. Call Joann Mitchell at (707) 545-5094 or Marjorie Torliatt at (707) 545-7507 to tell us you’re coming.

History Walk Update #3 - Exercise Edition

4/7/2015

Dear Walkers,

I told you that I would be emphasizing "walking" before the walk so that you can enjoy the experience even more.  Ray Johnson, one of the organizers this year, has written an article specific to our walk.  He is an experienced walker and his advice is good.  He and his wife, Cecilia have gone on Jeff's "25 Mile Walks" for 8 years.  He knows what he is talking about, so read, enjoy and take his advice. Read more

Filmmaker honored for ‘Camp Windsor’ documentary

Camp Windsor

Camp Windsor

Santa Rosa filmmaker Robyn Kasper has been a finalist in three film competitions since 2012 but never won an award. In January, the spell was broken.

Kasper was honored by the Sonoma County Historical Society for “Camp Windsor,” her 27-minute documentary about the German prisoner of war camp that housed 250 captives during World War II. It was a branch of the Army’s Camp Beale in Marysville.  Read More

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