Have you noticed the palm trees recently planted by the new owners of the Golden Eagle Shopping Center on East Washington Street? Believe it or not palms were once used as street trees in Petaluma as can be seen in this Sonoma County Library photo taken in 1926.
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.
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.
Thanks to the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries we are pleased to offer a free oral history workshop on June 16th in the Forum Room at the Santa Rosa Main Library. For more information please see Oral History Workshop Flyer
Reached another of those dreaded "brick walls" with your genealogy? Let me help! Just call me (707/545-0831, ext. 562) to schedule a one hour tutorial and introduction to the library's genealogical collection and databases. Solutions are waiting to be found!
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.