Sonoma History Seekers

Solomon Schocken Stroll

On Sunday, May 26, 2024 starting at 2 PM, Sonomans and history buffs of all stripes will gather in Sonoma Plaza to commemorate one of the city’s most historically significant…
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The Early Chinese of Sonoma Valley Tuesday February 27, 2024 at 7pm

The Early Chinese of Sonoma Valley Peter Meyerhof will discuss the forgotten history of the Chinese residents of the Sonoma Valley in the 19th and early 20th century. Contemporary records…
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A Sonoma Christmas in the 1890s by Peter G. Meyerhof

In 1965, historian Helen Shainsky recounted the Christmas celebrations of the late 19th century in Sonoma. She recalled that many families went up into the hills to cut their Christmas…
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Sonoma in Art Quilts and Heritage Quilts from the Sonoma Valley Historical Society Collections

Temelec Carriage HouseCaptain Granville Perry Smith built Temelec Hall and carriage house in 1858. The Structure is 60 by 40 feet built of native fieldstone with a wooden dovecote on…
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Abraham Lincoln and Sonoma – Part 3

Senator James Semple Meanwhile John Bradford in California became interested in Sonoma politics. In the first state legislature where General Vallejo had been elected state senator from the Sonoma district,…
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Abraham Lincoln and Sonoma – Part 2

William B. Ide, c 1850 On the other hand, we have the case of John S. Bradford, the brother-in-law of the Bear Flagger, Dr. Robert Semple. Bradford was one of…
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