New genealogical databases. Thank you Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries!!

Submitted by thoskins on May 31, 2012 - 11:35am

The History and Genealogy Library is delighted to announce that, through the great generosity of the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries, by the end of June we will be offering access (in the History and Genealogy Library only) to the ProQuest database of the San Francisco Chronicle, 1865-1922, and also to the marvelous GenealogyBank set of databases.

From Grain Elevators to Hatcheries

Submitted by krinehart on May 18, 2012 - 4:13pm

An estimated 65 people turned out for a talk on Petaluma's agricultural history and architecture presented by yours truly at the Petauma Arts Center on May 10th. This was the second of four lectures offered by the Arts Center as a way to celebrate May being National Historic Preservation Month thanks to sponsors: Century 21 Bundesen, Heritage Homes of Petaluma and Callie and Mircea Kindrish.

Sonoma County Hospital Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

Submitted by krinehart on May 2, 2012 - 3:18pm

The Sonoma County Hospital was designed by Santa Rosa architect, John I. Easterly (1885-1974) in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Construction began in 1936 and the hospital was completed and dedicated on April 24, 1937. The cost was approximately $300,000 of which $137,000 (45%) was supplied by the National Public Works Administration (PWA), and the remainder was supplied by Sonoma County with only a slight increase in taxes during 1936 and 1937.

National Library Week

Submitted by krinehart on April 21, 2012 - 2:37pm

SR Carnegie Library 1903 SCL Photo No 4834

Better late than never!  Last Sunday (4/15/12) marked the end National Library Week which seems like a good opportunity to talk about the Santa Rosa Carnegie Library that once stood at Fourth and E Streets.