Historical Society of Santa Rosa

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Our Spring 2016 Newsletter

Message from the President

It was nice to see you at our latest events. On February 2 we sponsored a HSSR Members’ Night at the Sonoma County History Museum, and once again curator Eric Stanley led a tour of the exhibit “Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia.” About 45 members attended the very successful evening. Our next HSSR Members’ Night at the Museum was March 22, with a look at “Building the American Dream: Sonoma County After the War.” I am sure those of you who attended enjoyed the exhibit and the opportunity to share your experiences of that time with other attendees.

The next two events we have planned for 2016 are the third Annual Historical Hunt, which will occur in the fall and will again be organized HSSR Vice-President Staci Pastis. We are also planning a program focusing on the new Smart Train that will look at the history of railroads in Santa Rosa. Nick Tipon is chairing that event. I am sure we will come up with a few more ideas between now and then.

I want to thank two new additions to our board: Kelly Carrillo Fernandez and Bill Turner. Both of them have immediately dug right in and gotten involved. They are a welcome addition to a wonderful board.

I will step down as president in the middle of May. It has been a rewarding and challenging experience these last two and one-half years, and it has been my pleasure to serve as the second president of the HSSR. I look forward to serving on the board and continuing to help the HSSR with all of its activities.

When I think about our early days in 2014 as we cast about for a sense of who we were and where we were going, I realize what we have accomplished. When Gaye LeBaron led off our Speakers’ Series at the 6th Street Playhouse, we were launched and on our way. I have said at many of our events that the beauty of the HSSR is there is no roadmap, no set agenda. We were free to try whatever we thought might be of interest, and we have succeeded in each and every endeavour. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm for the HSSR.

Please stay tuned for the release of the film the HSSR is sponsoring: “A Documentary History of Santa Rosa” to be produced by local writer and producer, Don Cambou, who has 35 years experience in the production of documentary films. This includes 15 years of producing Modern Marvels for the History Channel. Our film will be approximately 20 minutes in length and it will cover the nearly 150 year history of Santa Rosa. We are very excited to have Don as our producer and he has begun the process of gathering the history of this great city.

It will be finished in July, so watch for information about opening night. We would like to thank the following donors for their generosity that made making this film possible:

Donor List

Vic Trione

Bill and Suzie Friedman

Exchange Bank

Kirk Veale

Jim and Diane Keegan

Lawrence Amaturo



Jack and Judy DeMeo

Paul Wright

Bob Parker

Jim and Linda Andersen

Gary Rasche

Josh and Jeannette Grace

As always we are always looking for submissions to our newsletter, so if you have a memory of Santa Rosa that you’d like to share please send it to info@historicalsocietyofsantarosa.org, and Mike Daniels, our editor, will contact you.

In addition, if you have an idea for an event you think we should pursue that will help us have an even better year in 2016, please let us know.

Mike Grace, President

If for some reason you are not getting the newsletter and frequent email blasts about our events contact us at membership@historicalsocietysantarosa.org.

— Mike Grace, President, HSSR