Sonoma History

Meet Lorrie

For those who do not know her, I would like to introduce Collections Manager Lorrie Baetge Fulton.  She is in charge of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s archives, located in the Marcy House…
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Online Research Expanded

The Sonoma County Library now provides access to digitized copies of the Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus Courier, Santa Rosa Republican, Sonoma West Times and News and the Cloverdale Reveille through…
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Abraham Lincoln and Sonoma – Part 1

Horatio Dawes Appleton flag Mariano Vallejo c 1865 Most Sonomans share with the rest of the country a profound admiration and often an affection for Abraham Lincoln. Generally unknown is…
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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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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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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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