Santa Rosa's Carnegie Library

Submitted by gskinner on October 30, 2014 - 4:52pm
Public Library, Santa Rosa
After the 1906 earthquake nearly destroyed Santa Rosa's new Carnegie Library -- along with much of the rest of Santa Rosa -- the rebuilt Library rose from the rubble to serve the citizens of Santa Rosa for the next 50 years. Deferred maintenance and a growing population eventually doomed the magnificent building, leading to construction of the current Central Library in 1965. This week's post offers glimpses into the Carnegie era.

More Unidentified Commercial Buildings

Submitted by gskinner on August 7, 2014 - 12:52pm
Unidentified Sonoma County commercial building, circa 1940s

This week's set comes from a large group of unidentified Sonoma County commercial/industrial buildings -- I don't have information about where they might be located, but I'm fairly confident they are (or were) in Sonoma County, and most likely in Santa Rosa or Petaluma. Four buildings -- an apartment or medical building, a Petaluma building probably during demolition, a warehouse under construction or maintenance, and a building with a roller conveyor line visible through the windows.

Unidentified -- in Petaluma?

Submitted by gskinner on April 29, 2014 - 10:23am
unidentified building

We have many, many photographs of different subjects in our collection that we can't identify. We're fairly confident they're Sonoma County shots, but beyond that...? Every so often I spot one that I do recognize and strike it from the long list, but most remain mysteries. This week's set comes from a large group of unidentified Sonoma County commercial/industrial buildings -- I think they may be located in Petaluma or nearby -- and I'm hoping someone can pin a name and location to one or more.

Film Star Edward Arnold Endorses Petaluma's Fair

Submitted by krinehart on April 24, 2014 - 2:52pm
Harriet Parrish Barnes interviews actor Edward Arnold at KSRO, Santa Rosa, Calif. 1943. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma County Library (SCL Photo 30934)

While researching the history of the Sonoma-Marin Fourth Agricultural District Fair which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, I came across a Petaluma Argus Courier article dated July 19, 1947, that I thought readers of today might enjoy. The choice of words and style of writing paints a picture that will surely bring a smile to your face and for many spark memories of a hotel that was once a social hub for Petalumans and visitors alike. The following text is a retyping of the original article.

Happy Easter!

Submitted by krinehart on April 18, 2014 - 2:34pm
Easter greetings postcard

I just came across this lovely post card which does not appear to have been cataloged by the Library. It has a post mark of March 29, 1907, and was mailed to Miss Mollie E. Morton of Moore, Pennsylvania c/o Dr. George D. Morton - just enough information to do a search using the Library's subscription to 

Then & Now

Submitted by krinehart on January 11, 2014 - 5:57pm

It's been nearly two months since my last post. Believe me it hasn't been for lack of subjects. I probably have an idea a day for a blog post. Time of course is an issue. I'm challenged in that I find so many things that interest me. Working here at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library means I'm constantly coming across photos that literally call out to me begging for further research and sharing. As many of you know I'm not one to just look at an image. I have to investigate it for all the stories it may be able to tell. That investigation often leads to "field visits."