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Preservation

Amazing Free Community Event - May 21st, 2017

Don’t miss the first annual Finding History in Sonoma County – A Day of Discovery on Sunday, May 21st, 2017! It is free and open to the public, and is being held at the historic DeTurk Round Barn on 919 Donahue St in Santa Rosa from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The purpose of the Finding History in Sonoma County event is to discover, celebrate and promote the historical records collections held by 34 Sonoma County based organizations. The event will include presentations by local authors and historians, book signings by nine local authors, a tour of the historic West End neighborhood and mini workshops focused on the preservation of archival materials. There will be special appearances by the Model A Ford Club and individuals in period costume.

Finding History in Sonoma County will serve as an opportunity to learn from other organizations and share valuable resources with the public, in what we hope will be the first of many such events that celebrates our county’s history.

Call 545-0831 ext 1562 for more information.

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

Fate of historic Kenwood home continues to be debated

Carlo Figliolini didn’t learn about the rich history of the his white stucco Kenwood home until the walls started to crumble. Peter Maroni — one of the four Italian stonemasons who built St. Rose Church, the Western Hotel and La Rose Hotel in Santa Rosa constructed the two-bedroom house on Shaw and Clyde avenues more than a century ago.   Read more in The Press Democrat

Petaluma’s Historic Water Street Trestle

ArtistRendition of Petaluma TrestlePeggy Sebera
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to support the Petaluma Trolley & Living History Museum in its effort to preserve and rehabilitate the Petaluma downtown trestle, which runs along side of Petaluma River from the Yacht Club to the Balshaw Bridge. Since I have been blogging about places and events in Our River Town that are of historical significance, I thought I should act in a way that matches my mouth. This local railroad trestle certainly qualifies as a structure of historical significance. It was constructed in 1922 and over the years, supported trains that transported passengers and goods from Petaluma to Read more

Windsor barn preserved by Strawn instead of burned for practice

Milo Strawn, a carpenter and millwright by trade, was not one to discard the old or broken for the new and different. He was from the generation that never threw anything away. When it broke, you fixed it. So when the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department decided  to use a 100-year-old, open dairy barn in east Windsor for training burns,  Milo, the Fire Chief,  offered to take it apart instead. He bought it for $1 in 1985 from a contractor, who planned to develop the land where the Mattie Washburn School and Pleasant Oak Park now stand.   ...read more Source: Press Democrat

The little engine that could, just can’t anymore - Support the Howarth Park Train

Howarth Park Train

Help Keep the Howarth Park Train in Motion

Santa Rosa Parks Foundation's 1st annual Family Fun Night is on October 10th at Howarth Park from 5-9pm. All proceeds from the night will go towards the purchase of a new ADA compliant Howarth Park Train. This event will include live musical performances by Pat Jordan Band, Bear’s Belly and Midnight Sun Massive, along with delicious provisions provided by The Wurst, Island Ice and Third Street Aleworks. Santa Rosa High School’s agricultural department is supplying pumpkins for a children’s pumpkin decorating booth and rides will run until sundown. The train has been a part of the Santa Rosa community for 44 years, and as stated in a previous article by the Press Democrat, “The little engine that could, just can’t anymore.” Currently, the C.P. Huntington costs the city of Santa Rosa $30,000 a year in maintenance and sadly due to its datedness, the 1863 replica steam engine is broken down 1/3 of the time. We ask the community to come together for this special event so that the future generations of our city can enjoy 50 more years of wonderful memories. Tickets will be sold at the venue or you can purchase them now at http://tinyurl.com/n58fxep. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children: adult entry fees include an adult beverage and children entry fees include a train ride.

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

Sebastopol's landmark feed store plans comeback

Before last year's fire, Frizelle Enos feed store, a link to the region’s agricultural roots, had been in continuous operation since its founding as a feed mill in 1939, serving the west county and its commercial hub, Sebastopol. It has borne the Frizelle Enos label since two proprietors with those names assumed the business in 1946.

Operated out of a concrete-block retail building that shared the lot with a corrugated metal warehouse, the roughly 16,000-square-foot emporium offered livestock feeds and products, pet foods, ranchwear and related items, as well as what Stacey Renati called “little pluses and extras you wouldn’t expect,” like distinctive socks, soaps and lotions that sold surprisingly well.

The vintage red-and-white checkerboard pattern around the exterior walls, familiar to patrons and passers-by alike, will remain, as well as  its eclectic mix of merchandise, and even some of the personnel. ....Read more

Source: Press Democrat

Cloverdale Cemetery Wall Project needs your help

A group of local volunteers, have dedicated many hours to repairing damaged headstones and maintaining civilian and veteran grave sites. Soon after the collapse, we approached the City of Cloverdale and informed them of the collapse of the retaining wall and severe damage caused to several gravesites. The Cloverdale Cemetery is owned by the City of Cloverdale who has already funded the engineering and soil analysis costs, however, the hard facts are that they have no additional funds for maintenance or to conduct any repairs to the wall.... Read more...    Cloverdale Cemetery Wall Project by Gort Klaatu - GoFundMe.

Fort Ross News and Opportunities

Fort Ross Festival, Training Opportunity for our Volunteers, Fort Ross Quilt Project, and 'Get to Know You' Parks Program. 

 

Fort Ross, c2012

Fort Ross State Historic Park is getting ready for our annual Fort Ross Festival held July 26th from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM where we celebrate the cultural diversity that makes Fort Ross such a unique place. The event is one day this year with scenarios, music, militia, crafts, and more all centered in the fort compound. We are reaching out to all our volunteers and anyone else who would like to volunteer with us to make this day a success. For good planning, we would like to ask you to respond as soon as possible if you plan on volunteering, with the latest being July 19 if you are wanting the free lunch.  There are many benefits in participating such as meeting other people of like interests, working with a team of dedicated staff, and meeting hundreds of enthusiastic visitors who love to learn, earning service credits for high school students, and contributing to your local community. As is our tradition, we will continue to focus on the everyday inhabitants and cultural aspects of this settlement.  We ask our volunteers to not just “look good,” but also give voice to the past, sharing your knowledge of the cultural diversity, crafts, arts, architecture, history and traditional activities of the early 19th century Ross inhabitants and neighbors. Our goal is to show the public a small piece of California and world history that will stimulate appreciation for our past and encourage a search for more information. With your help, we will present a wonderfully rich facet of Fort Ross that people of all ages will remember for years to come. Read more
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