Historical Society of Santa Rosa

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Our Fall 2015 Newsletter

Message from the President

On July 21st we had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Mike Thompson at the 6th Street Playhouse. The house was packed and Mike and moderator Pete Golis did not fail to deliver. Mike discussed his Vietnam experiences and prompted by Pete elaborated on various topics ranging from the war to coming home experiences to current discussions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and general topics in foreign affairs. The place was buzzing after the talk and so many people said how much they enjoyed the presentation and urged the HSSR to continue with their current course of getting topflight speakers to come to the 6th Street Playhouse to present their perspective on past and current events . Thanks also for Bill and Suzie Friedman for being the major supporter of this event. This is the second talk they have sponsored.

By the time you have received this newsletter we will have completed the second annual Historical Hunt at Santa Rosa Middle School. Staci Pastis and her daughter Julia (a freshman at SRHS and the 4th Panther generation in Staci’s family) were in charge of the event with other members of the HSSR board helping. There were 10 historical sites in and around downtown Santa Rosa, and I am sure all who participated enjoyed themselves. We look forward to another Hunt next year and hope this becomes a Santa Rosa tradition.

On October 10 we will sponsor “A Day at the Adobe”. Board members Nick Tipon and Bryan Much are in charge of this event and have been diligently planned this day. For many Santa Rosans, the day will provide an opportunity to see the Adobe up close and to hear a variety of speakers on topics ranging from the purely historical to demonstrations of archeological digging. Perhaps an interest in archeology will develop among attendees. This event will inform the community about the diverse histories of the peoples that have lived here before, during, and after the Carrillo Adobe was built. This event will be in cooperation with the city of Santa Rosa, and we will be working more closely with the city as we approach the Sesquicentennial of the founding of Santa Rosa... See our website for more information.

We are in the process of planning the yearly membership meeting. We will meet on November 19 at the Santa Rosa High School multi-purpose room, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. We will start with a very short summary of the year’s events and a look at plans for 2016 and then members will be set free to peruse 4 separate displays that will be set up around the room. John Louder will have various Santa Rosa collectibles and artifacts, John Burton will bring part of his very extensive Grace Brothers Brewery collection, Denise and Joe Hill will bring their collection of over 500 Santa Rosa postcards and Merle Avila will bring his collection of Santa Rosa tokens dating to the 19th century and other SR items. Members will have close to 2 hours to look at and talk about Santa Rosa history with other members and, of course, the exhibitors. It should be a great night and we will supply refreshments.

As far as next year, we plan a springtime McDonald Avenue tour headed by Gaye LeBaron. Details will follow early next year. The format will be similar to the West End Tour we did earlier this year. We will have the Historical Hunt and possibly something celebrating the railroads in Santa Rosa. Other than that we will be examining other activities and I am hoping we can have at least one speaker event at the 6th Street Playhouse.

I hope to see many of you at one or all of the above activities. Thanks and urge a friend or relative to join the HSSR.

See you at the next event.

Mike Grace, President

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— Mike Grace, President, HSSR