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California's largest-ever wildland fire, a 7-week-old inferno that raged mostly across northern Lake County, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest, has been … [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Source: PressDemo – Top News
California's largest-ever wildland fire, a 7-week-old inferno that raged mostly across northern Lake County, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest, has been … [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Source: PressDemo – Local News
***Queen's float Santa Rosa Carnival, c1911 Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library http://heritage.sonomalibrary.org/digital/collection/p15763coll2/id/3563/rec/1*** [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
****** Due to the strong interest in the sold-out Genealogy and Genetics Workshop at the Archives of Ontario on September 21, the host, Professor Julia Creet, has deci [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
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The eighth annual Heirloom Expo took place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Sept. 11, 12 and 13. Local youth and school gardens were on display, along with heritage poultry, Navajo-Churro sheep, a dahlia show and a fruits and vegetables… [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Source: Windsor Times
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 In addition, the Open Library table of ebooks hasn't worked correctly for some time and has for now been replaced by a working query under the ebook listings.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
****** Tolay Lake is an enormous vernal pool, high in the hills between Petaluma and Sonoma above Lakeville Highway, Highway 37, and Arnold Drive. When it opens as a regional park later in the year, you will have to visit it. Tolay Lake was regarded as a sacred place by the Native Americans for centuries, before the Europeans drained it to create farmland. When that happened they discovered charmstones from as far away as Mexico and [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
Source: SCHS Facebook Shares
****** Had the pleasure of acting with 6 other gentlemen at the 22nd annual Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery's Lamplighter Tour. A fun and informative way to support the maintenance of this historic asset. [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
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When the big book of Sonoma county history is writ, there should be a special chapter on some of the remarkably dumb business ventures that were tried here and flopped spectacularly. Near the top of the list would be Jack London's eucalyptus obsession, which caused him to squander a fortune. London wasn't alone in the mistaken belief that blue gum trees would be a valuable cash crop but he was probably the largest investor, planting [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
****** How OK, a cheesy joke from the 1830s, became the most widely spoken word in the world: [...]
Wed, Sep 12, 2018
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The safe was open and Sonoma county's treasury was gone, every last cent. As a key was needed to unlock the safe and the end-of-year tax money was going to Sacramento the following day, it was presumed the robbery was an inside job. It was: the county treasurer stole all of it. Maybe.In January 1857 one William A. Buster was the county treasurer and kept the county's safe at his house. That was not as [...]
Wed, Sep 05, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
Breaking news: People tend to have very strong opinions about parking meters. Also, this surprise: Those opinions are never favorable.Yet Santa Rosa still has them, making it among the very few places in Sonoma county where the elusive meters can be spotted in the wild along with their related species, parking garages that charge money. And the reason we have them is because this is the city that time forgot - in Santa Rosa, it [...]
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
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
Fresh back from service in WWII, architect "Cal" Caulkins had a vision: He would fix Santa Rosa. He wasn't the first to try it - nor the last.The downtown that Caulkins wanted to fix in 1945 was essentially what still exists now, sans our monstrous mall. It was also mostly the same as it was in August, 1853, when a surveyor named Shakely laid out a grid of a few streets centered around a small [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
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Don't panic, but we've been surrounded. Travel around Santa Rosa (and to a lesser extent, Sebastopol) for ten minutes and it's likely you'll encounter one or more buildings designed by "Cal" Caulkins, Santa Rosa's top architect roughly between 1935-1960. Outside of the neighborhoods built by Hugh Codding, no other person did more to define the look of Santa Rosa than Caulkins.He was also prolific. By going through the Press Democrat archives he can be found [...]
Mon, Aug 06, 2018
Source: I see by the Papers…
Sketch of Anna Morrison Reed courtesy of The Petaluma Courier, 2 September 1891.
Sketch of Anna Morrison Reed courtesy of The Petaluma Courier, 2 September 1891. Noted in a recent talk by library manager Katherine Rinehart and historian John Sheehy on the Petaluma Ladies' Improvement Club was an exemplar of early women journalists of Sonoma County, Anna Morrison Reed, the publisher and managing editor of the Sonoma County Independent (Petaluma) from 1909 to 1916. As we close out Women's History Month, [...]
Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Source: SC Library – History & Genealogy
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