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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" sayeth Dickens, and that sums up the year 1884 in Santa Rosa. Those were days giddy with celebrations, easy money and wonderful changes; it was also a time when our ancestors made some awful decisions which would come to haunt the town years later.First there was an event that brought a windfall to the town along with publicity boosters craved. Then old dreams [...]
Tue, Jan 22, 2019
Source: I see by the Papers…
20th Anniversary March on Washington.
20th Anniversary March on Washington. A friendly reminder that all Sonoma County Library branches will be closed this Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This photograph, credited to Chester Higgins, shows people participating in the 20th Anniversary March on Washington, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and to support the creation of MLK Day; August 27th, 1983. This image is just one of millions of rights-cleared images available [...]
Tue, Jan 15, 2019
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
The first time Santa Rosa had more than a couple of dimes rattling around its coin purse, the town bought itself a present. A really big present. "It gives us unlimited pleasure to chronicle the fact that a long felt want, in the shape of an opera house is at last to be built in Santa Rosa," boasted the town's Sonoma Democrat newspaper in mid-summer, 1884. That opera house was to be called the Athenaeum [...]
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
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Photograph of Santa Rosa's WCTU fountain courtesy of the California Historical Society
Photograph of Santa Rosa's WCTU fountain courtesy of the California Historical Society Recently I was asked if I knew anything about Santa Rosa's Women's Christian Temperance Union. My response was not a lot, but that I'd see what I could find out. We're lucky to have a copy of Petaluma's WCTU chapter minutes from 1911 to 1921 at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library, but no such records for the Santa Rosa Chapter exist [...]
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
The fourth time someone tried to burn down Robert Ross's building he became agitated and said some things he shouldn't. He was taken to jail and charged for "using language too strenuous to suit the occasion," making him the only person who was arrested in connection with a string of arson attempts which plagued Santa Rosa for 28 months.Between 1902 and 1904 there were eighteen suspicious fires, all but four of which were declared to [...]
Wed, Jan 02, 2019
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When "Oatsie" died recently at age 99 it closed the final chapter on Santa Rosa's history with the Oates family.Much has appeared here about the doings of the Comstock clan in the 20th century. But if not for a twist of fate her father might have owned (what would become known as) Comstock House - and had her family stayed here, their wealth along with her celebrity and forceful personality would have undoubtedly left its [...]
Thu, Dec 27, 2018
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"Fire the Worst in the History of the City," read the Press Democrat' screamer headline on July 6, 1903. The article continued:Santa Rosa was visited by the worst fire known in years on Sunday afternoon and for several hours peoples' hearts were almost in their mouths with anxiety, for it was well known that a sudden shift of wind would probably mean the destruction of a wide area of business blocks and houses.They had good [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
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Post card view of the Chapel of Chimes circa 1947. Courtesy of Denise Hill and Joe Lilienthal
Postcard view of the Chapel of Chimes circa 1947. Courtesy of Denise Hill and Joe Lilienthal People often think that because Julia Morgan did a redesign of Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes in 1928, that she also designed Santa Rosa's Chapel of the Chimes. Not the case; although, there is a connection to the famous architect. The Chapel of the Chimes located at 2601 Santa Rosa Avenue was designed by Lazer Nusbaum, a former associate of Julia [...]
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Facebook post of the Sonoma Developmental Center on October 15, 2017 from the North Bay Fires web archive.
Facebook post of the Sonoma Developmental Center on October 15, 2017 from the North Bay Fires web archive. For many people, libraries are where they go for the hottest “lucky day” books, or season five of The Americans, or to stream the latest Grammy winners. But public libraries are also where people go when they need one-of-a-kind resource materials such as a 1967 telephone book for the town of Geyserville or a copy of a hand-drawn [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
Small updates to a couple of resources… Sonoma County Authors (Community) A number of links and features of our SC Authors site were no longer working due to changes in the Library's catalog query structure. Author and significant title queries now search correctly. In addition, the Open Library table of ebooks hasn't worked correctly for some time and has for now been replaced by a working query under the ebook listings. Finally, authors can now be searched [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Source: Sonoma County Digital Library Project
Lee Brothers Van & Storage parked in front of the Santa Rosa Post Office, circa. 1918 SCL Photo No. 30012
Lee Brothers Van & Storage parked in front of the Santa Rosa Post Office, circa. 1918 SCL Photo No. 30012 The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library, a special collection of the Sonoma County Library system, which is dedicated to collecting and preserving local history as well genealogical materials of a national and international focus, will close temporarily starting August 27, 2018, as the building it occupies receives much-needed upgrades. Starting September 4th, one-on-one reference service will [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
***HELP US CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF SANTA ROSA BY EXPLORING THE HISTORY AND BEAUTY OF THE CITY OF ROSES The price for the day of walking and history includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tee Shirt AND ONE YEAR'S MEMBERSHIP to the Sonoma County Historical Society. $75 ADULTS, $10 UNDER 18 INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT FORM: SONOMACOUNTYHISTORY.ORG/Historywalk INFORMATION: RAY JOHNSON 707-535-6476 63sprintray@gmail.com http://www.sonomacountyhistory.org/2018/03/14th-annual-20-mile-history-walk-april-28th-2018/*** HELP US CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF SANTA ROSA BY EXPLORING THE HISTORY AND BEAUTY OF THE CITY [...]
Mon, Mar 05, 2018
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***"Arches", an open source heritage inventory system, developed by the Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund, is the first of its kind (and its class) at providing a standards-based inventory system specifically designed from the ground up for built heritage resources.*** Getting to the heart of places that matter. [...]
Fri, Jan 26, 2018
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***Over a century of cattle ranching on the North Coast*** See historic photos of cattle ranching along the North Coast from the 19th century to the 21st century. [...]
Thu, Nov 30, 2017
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****** Unfortunately the "Second Saturday" Lecture scheduled for Oct. 14th has been cancelled due to the fires. Richard will be rescheduled at a later date. [...]
Wed, Oct 11, 2017
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