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The music and dance of Early California presented by Baille de California- Celebrating and Preserving California’s unique Californios cultural history through Music and Dance- a presentation in Sonoma Plaza’s Grinstead Theatre.

September 24- the music and dance of Early California presented by Baille de California- Celebrating and Preserving California’s unique Californios cultural history through Music and Dance- a presentation in Sonoma Plaza’s Grinstead Theatre. (time TBA)

We are Still Here Part 4 The History of the Wappo.

Sonoma Community Center 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA, United States

'We are Still Here' Part 4 The History of the Wappo. Sonoma Valley was part of the traditional Wappo lands. Learn about their history at this presentation. October 3, 2023

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October 14, To Be Heard Again Lorubi tuc! The Suysun language 2 pm at the Sonoma Community Center

Sonoma Community Center 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA, United States

October 14, Dr. Damian Bacich will present the paper of Martha McGettigan  on her research of Platon Vallejo's writings of the Suysun language Hima winitom elet challoc winma, pal chum winni win Kalbo thel sun werito. Where never before any other tongue was spoken in these valleys, nor any strangers dwelt but we the men…

Zoom presentation Dr. Amy Brady discusses her book ‘Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks–a Cool History of a Hot Commodity’

Zoom , United States

In a Zoom presentation November 9th at 7 pm Dr. Amy Brady discusses her book ‘Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks--a Cool History of a Hot Commodity’ Ice is everywhere: in gas stations, in restaurants, in hospitals, and in our homes. Americans think nothing of dropping a few ice cubes into tall glasses of…

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Kevin Kraus presents Amos P. Catlin: The Whig Who Put Sacramento On The Map

Sonoma Community Center 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA, United States

Amos P. Catlin, a young New York attorney, sailed to California in 1849 to mine for gold and practice law. In 1852, Amos was elected to the California Senate as a member of the Whig party. He wrote the legislation to relocate California’s Capital from Benicia to Sacramento in 1854. Amos was an investor, director,…

Ruben Mendoza presents Of Earth, Fire, and Faith: Architectural Practice in the Fernandino Missions of Alta California, 1769-1834

Zoom , United States

Archaeologist, architectural historian, and photographer Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza will review the architectural histories and genealogies, and technologies and traditions, that undergird and inform the study of the California missions. Drawing on some thirty years of archaeological investigations in California and the Southwest US, Professor Mendoza will review revelations produced from the archaeology, ethno history, and…

Vallejo’s Silver a Gift Exchange in a Contested Borderland

Sonoma Valley Woman's Club 574 1st St E, Sonoma, CA, United States

Three silver spoons that once belonged to Mariano Vallejo, hint at the importance of gift exchange in a contested borderland. General Vallejo was the commandant of Mexico’s “Northern Frontier” and the founder of the town of Sonoma. The spoons were donated to California State Parks by one of his descendants.
The spoons bear identical hallmarks indicating when and where they were made (Fig. 2). All three were made in 1834, by a silversmith working in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. .

Early Chinese in Sonoma Valley presented by Peter Meyerhof

The Early Chinese of Sonoma ValleyPeter Meyerhof will discuss the forgotten history of the Chinese residents of the Sonoma Valley in the 19th and early 20th century. Contemporary records and oral histories show just how significant their contribution was to the Valley. At their peak in the 1880s, the Chinese represented 1/4 to 1/3 of…

Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848 translated by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

In the1870’s, prompted by General Mariano G. Vallejo,  H.H. Bancroft began an oral history project with approximately sixty-two Californios. Of those Testimonios thirteen were women’s firsthand accounts from the days when California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the…