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2018

SCHS 2018 Picnic - Tolay Lake Regional Park

The Sonoma County Historical Society announces its 2018 Annual Picnic, to be held from 11AM to 3PM on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma.

Regional Parks had planned to have Tolay open to the general public but this was delayed due to the fires. At this time it is not known if the public opening will be delayed past September 16 th . We will be welcome regardless and might have the entire park to ourselves.

Directions: Take Lakeville Highway (CA-116) southeast from Petaluma. At Ernie’s Tin Barn, continue southeast on Lakeville as CA-116 turns left for Sonoma. Watch for the Keller Estate Winery sign and turn left onto Mangel Ranch Road (Cannon Lane). Continue past the winery to the end of the road (asphalt becomes gravel). Enter the park through the open gate and go downhill to the parking area. We have the group picnic area for the day.

Tolay Lake Regional Park Link

Sonoma County Historical Society will provide sausages/hot dogs and buns, soft drinks, and water (there is NO safe drinking water in the park). You may bring wine and beer for yourself and to share if you wish. Please bring a tablecloth and a dish to share.

If your last name begins with

  • A to I—appetizers
  • J to R—salad
  • S to Z—dessert
  • Tolay Lake’s 3,434 acres makes it the largest Regional Park. It is a great place for hiking and wildlife watching. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes! Regional Parks may be able to arrange a Hay Ride with an antique tractor and wagon.

    Our invited guest speaker is Chairman Dr. Greg Sarris, of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Greg will read from his book, How a Mountain Was Made, a cycle of stories inspired by Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation stories that center on the Santa Rosa plain, Copeland Creek, and the sacred site of Sonoma Mountain.


    Graton Rancheria Greg Sarris - How a Mountain was Made

    The picnic is free to SCHS members and their guests but the park charges $7.00 for parking unless you have a Regional Parks membership. We suggest you make friends with someone who has a pass and carpool. Those planning to attend, please call Marjorie Torliatt after Aug. 15 at 707-545-7507 to make a reservation. Reservations are requested so we know how much food and drink to purchase.

    2018 walk update #2

    Attention Walkers of Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk
    Date – April 28th, 2018
    Start location --- Doyle Park, Hoen Ave entrance where the ballpark is
    Registration time --- 6:00 am
    Please go on line to register at sonomacountyhistory.org
    You may pay and register on line. Or you may register online and mail in a check

    When you enroll online you can pay by credit card or PayPal. You can also pay with a check as well, by enrolling online and mail me a check in with a short note and I will do the rest. The walk route is posted online at sonomahistory.org and I know that there will be sections and places that you have never been. There will lots of photos of the historical spots showing what it looked like years ago, so everyone should be able to help by holding the photos like last year’s walk. Santa Rosa has some very good and important history. There will be short talks on Luther Burbank, downtown history, 1906 earthquake, Maria Carrillo adobe, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the 1969 earthquake.

    The walk will be almost all flat, there is a couple of hills in the rural cemetery, we will be walking through the Church of One Tree and the DeTurk Round Barn and a beautiful section along Santa Rosa Creek. We will also see where Robert Ripley was born and where he is buried, and we will see where a sheriff was killed and where the perpetrators where lynched. There will be all kinds of wonderful architecture to see as well as incredible landscapes.

    We will meet at the Doyle Park ballfield 6:00am and. Breakfast will be at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens after we walk through the Burbank Gardens Historic District and parts of downtown. Lunch at Santa Rosa Junior College, and dinner back at Doyle Park The weather should be very pleasant, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. The support vehicle will carry everything for you, so you don’t have to, but you should be prepared to carry water. The support vehicle will be available periodically, at short intervals including the port-a-pottys. Training for this event is necessary, you should be walking regularly with some longer walks. 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. If anyone wants to lead any practice walks, let me know and I will post them.

    You need to carry these two phone numbers with you during the walk for emergencies. If you need help or anything and if you need to exit the walk please let us know. Ray 707-535-6476 and Sean 707-528-7326. Since this walk is all in the city we will not be keeping track of everyone and if someone needs to leave early or join us late that will be okay. We still need a tee shirt sponsor; the cost is $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back. If you know anyone would be interested in being the tee shirt sponsor refer them to Cecilia at 707-953-0186. Business card sponsors are also welcome and shall be shown on the map and website, you can do that through the registration process.

    We need a volunteer to pick up breakfast and coffee in the morning.

    The 2018 walk will be the last that Cecilia and I are organizing so if anyone wishes to continue the walks this would be a time to step forward to see what is involved.

    Ray Johnson
    707-535-6476
    63sprintray@gmail.com

    2018 walk update #1 - Attention Walkers

    Jeff Tobes Memorial 20 mile History Walk
    Date – April 28th, 2018
    Start location --- Doyle Park, Hoen Ave entrance where the ballpark is
    Registration time --- 6:00 am

    You may pay and register on line at http://sonomacountyhistory.com/event-2851084 , Or you may register online and mail in a check.

    We are expecting a good turnout for this year’s April 28th walk. When you enroll online you can pay by credit card or PayPal. You can also pay with a check as well, by enrolling online and mail me a check in with a short note and I will do the rest.

    The walk route is posted online at sonomahistory.org and I believe that there will be sections that you have never been on before. There will lots of photos of the historical spots showing what it looked like years ago, so everyone should be able to help by holding the photos like last year’s walk. Santa Rosa has some very good and important history. There will be short talks on Luther Burbank, downtown history, 1906 earthquake, Maria Carrillo adobe, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the 1969 earthquake.

    The walk will be almost all flat, there is a couple of hills in the rural cemetery, we will be walking through the Church of One Tree and the DeTurk Round Barn. We will also see where Robert Ripley was born and where he is buried, and we will see where a sheriff was killed and where the perpetrators where lynched.

    We will meet at the Doyle Park ballfield 6:00am and. Breakfast will be at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens after we walk through the Burbank Gardens Historic District and parts of downtown.

    The weather should be very pleasant, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. The support vehicle will carry everything for you, so you don’t have to, but you should be prepared to carry water. The support vehicle will be available periodically, at short intervals including the port-a-pottys.

    Training for this event is necessary, you should be walking regularly with some longer walks. 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. If anyone wants to lead any practice walks, let me know and I will post them.

    You need to carry these two phone numbers with you during the walk for emergencies. If you need help or anything and if you need to exit the walk please let us know. Ray 707-535-6476 and Sean 707-528-7326. Since this walk is all in the city we will not be keeping track of everyone and if some needs to leave early or join us late that will be okay.

    We still need a tee shirt sponsor; the cost is $750 and their logo will be prominently displayed on the back. If you know anyone would be interested in being the tee shirt sponsor refer them to Cecilia at 707-953-0186, since she has been handling the donations. Business card sponsors are also welcome and shall be shown on the map and website.

    We need a volunteer to pick up breakfast and coffee in the morning.

    The 2018 walk will be the last that Cecilia and I are organizing so if anyone wishes to continue the walks this would be a time to step forward to see what is involved.

    Ray Johnson
    707-535-6476
    63sprintray@gmail.com

    2018 SCHS Annual Banquet - March 11th

    It’s getting closer to deadline time for the Sonoma County Historical Society’s annual banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa Sunday, Mar. 11.
    Coordinator Sharie Sbrazza says you can still sign up for the even online until Thursday, Mar. 8.

    LINK TO ONLINE SIGNUP

    Author and columnist Gaye LeBaron will be the featured speaker.
    Marking the City of Santa Rosa’s sesquicentennial (150th year), LeBaron will discuss: Santa Rosa Then and Now, the Pluckiest City in California—the “Before and After” of Natural Disasters. In addition to writing more than 8,000 entertaining columns for The Press Democrat over the years, she has also pioneered a number of major books on Sonoma County. Early on, she wrote the foreword for the pioneering work Wild Oats in Eden: Sonoma County in the 19th century. The collaborating group in the 1960s included Harvey Hansen, Jeanne Thurlow Miller, and photographers Ansel Adams, John LeBaron and Beth Winter. In 1985, LeBaron, Hansen, Dee Blackman and Joann Mitchell collaborated on Santa Rosa: a Nineteenth Century Town. In 1993, LeBaron joined with with Joann Mitchell on Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century Town. After 42 fruitful years, she went into semi-retirement in 2001. She still writes at least twice a month in The Press Democrat and has been busy working on fire stories since the tragic events of October, 2017. LeBaron attended Sonoma Valley High School and then moved on to Santa Rosa Junior College, before earning a B.A. in English and History at UC, Berkeley. She interned three summers at the Press Democrat and took a full-time job in 1957.

    She has done numerous interviews of local historians and has taught classes at Santa Rosa Jr. College and at the Lifelong Learning Center at Sonoma State University.

    In 2001, LeBaron made gifts of her interview notes and research material to the Sonoma State University Library special collections department. The material later was added to the school’s online catalog and is available on a website for use by students, researchers and community organizations. She has been honored as grand marshal of the Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival (1984) and Sonoma County woman of the year in 2015 by Congressman Mike Thompson. She also received the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. Gaye and photographer/instructor John LeBaron were married in l958 and they had two children. He died in 2014.

    The Banquet

    Three items are on the Mar. 11 menu, Roasted Chicken Breast, Pacific Salmon and Pad Thai Noodles Vegetarian dish. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Checks should be sent no later than Mar. 1 to Sharie Sbrazza at P.O. Box 406, Santa Rosa, 95402. Phone 707-546-6764 or email andiamotravel@hotmail.com. The Flamingo is located at 4th St. and Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch starts at noon. There will be a presentation of history awards, part of our annual tradition, a report to members and board election and presentations by History Day students. There will also be a raffle.

    For those desiring, board president Jeremy Nichols said the SCHS could use help in funding lunches for History Day Students as well as donations to help victims of the fire in October

    ONLINE SIGNUP

    Signup Flyer
    Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society
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