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***Come join us at Finding History in Sonoma County at the DeTurk Round Barn until 2pm.*** [...]
Sun, May 21, 2017
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Sun, May 21, 2017
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Fri, May 19, 2017
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***Roadster decorated for the Rose Parade complete with a Kewpie doll hood ornament c1915 http://heritage.sonomalibrary.org Sonoma County Library*** [...]
Fri, May 19, 2017
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****** Did you know that libraries, including Sonoma County Library's History and Genealogy branch (Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library) are working hard to both preserve digital copies of historical documents and also to make them available online? Ask us what Sonoma County History we are diligently working to digitize! http://sclib.us/46 [...]
Fri, May 19, 2017
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Hours before dawn, the boys were gathering at the depot waiting for the circus train. They would be playing hooky that day but wouldn't get into much trouble for it; after all, their fathers did the same thing (and maybe grandfathers, too) and they had heard their elders speak wistfully about the pleasure of it, waiting in the dark with a swarm of kids and grown men for the trainload of marvels speeding their way [...]
Sat, May 13, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Tue, May 09, 2017
Source: SSU Special Collections News
Before Thanksgiving or Independence Day were national holidays, there was only one event nearly every American celebrated, regardless of class, race or creed: The day the circus came to town. That two-century tradition ends on May 21 when Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey gives its last performance. Before the Big Top comes down for the last time, here's a look at what it meant to small towns like Santa Rosa and Petaluma, as viewed through their [...]
Sun, May 07, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
Courthouse Square is (finally) reunited, so we can (finally) say our downtown has sort-of a park, although there's so much parking on the sides it is much smaller than need be. But the important thing is Santa Rosa (finally) has a central place where citizens can gather together - something the town has sought since its founding in 1854.In the layout of the town 163 years ago it was called the Plaza, but I can't [...]
Mon, May 01, 2017
Source: I see by the Papers…
It was rare to find an obituary on the front page of the Press Democrat, but hers was stranger still - she was hardly mentioned in it. "Nellie H. Comstock Claimed by Death," read the 1940 headline, followed by "Friend of Elbert Hubbard, Burbank." A good chunk of the obit was about her father and it twice mentioned Burbank (supposedly) wrote a letter inviting her to move to Santa Rosa. Other than that, the article [...]
Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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"Fake news" is bad stuff, but at least it's usually exposed as phony and no longer taken seriously. Fake history, however, can stagger on for decades - and often does.Researcher and fellow history spelunker Ray Owen has a saying: "Once a mistake gets into print, it takes on a life of its own." He's absolutely right; a favorite example of his concerns a fellow who was supposedly an Indian fighter and so adept at dodging [...]
Sat, Apr 15, 2017
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Three Petaluma Women Stand in Front of a National Business Women's Week Poster - 1958
Three Petaluma Women Stand in Front of a National Business Women's Week Poster - 1958 In honor of International Women's Day I'm posting a photo from the Sonoma County Library's collection. According to the cataloging notes this picture was taken in 1958 and shows Ruth Snodgrass, Jessie Mitchell and Betsy McLaughlin. Additional notes include that Ruth Snodgrass was secretary to cattle dealer Chris Beck. Ruth, and her husband Harold, lived at 856 B Street, Petaluma. Jessie [...]
Wed, Mar 08, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
The Sonoma County Library's Central Santa Rosa Library — once known as the Santa Rosa Free Public Library — celebrates its 50th anniversary. The current modernist library replaced an crumbling Carnegie library in 1967 under the leadership of director David Sabsay. The Library hosted a celebration on February 26, following two excellent talks on the history of the Santa Rosa Library: Katherine Rinehart's Evolution of the Central Library (Feb. 15) and Darren Bradley's Organic Modernist [...]
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
With the new year comes new batches of photos on Sonoma Heritage Collections and many new enki Library e-books. Sonoma Heritage Collections Lenny Mane's 1956 Chevrolet in Petaluma, California,1950s (Photo 42177) Roughly 1750 new photos of subjects ranging from Sonoma County beach erosion caused by a fierce storm in the early 1960s to George P. McNear, Jr. (of the prominent early Petaluma family) sculling on the Petaluma River about 1910. The biggest group of photos is another beach [...]
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
Santa Rosa City Hall on Hinton Street - Photo Scanned from Santa Rosa A Twentieth Century Town by Gaye LeBaron & Joann Mitchell
Santa Rosa City Hall on Hinton Street - Photo Scanned from Santa Rosa A Twentieth Century Town by Gaye LeBaron & Joann Mitchell For those of you who read my last blog "Interesting Discovery at the Sonoma County Archives" you know that I claimed that J.W. Dolliver designed Santa Rosa's City Hall. Not true. Dolliver did in fact bid on the project, but it was Napa architect, Luther Turton (1862-1925) who got the contract. This I [...]
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
One sheet of a set of architectural drawings prepared by E. Geoffrey Bangs on July 16, 1945, showing a third story on the Sonoma County Courthouse
One sheet of a set of architectural drawings prepared by E. Geoffrey Bangs on July 16, 1945, showing a third story on the Sonoma County Courthouse The Sonoma County Library was officially designated the official archive for the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in 1965 by a joint resolution. Today that Archive is located about nine miles east of downtown Santa Rosa and is contained within a 3,800 square foot warehouse. It [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
The driveway entry to the racing stable is seen. It passes the stabling office with the brand "Diamond E" on its wall. A barn is seen to the right while the racing stables are to the left. A Ford car of 1950's model is parked in the driveway. [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Sonoma Heritage Collection – Sonoma County Fair
The view of Market Street shows a large banner advertising the Sonoma County Fair in August of 1938. Streetcars are stopped on the street. Pedestrians are on the sidewalks. A large object in the foreground may be part of the transportation system. [...]
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Sonoma Heritage Collection – Sonoma County Fair