Historical Society of Santa Rosa

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Our Summer 2016 Newsletter

Message from the President

Dear Historical Society Member,

In case I have not met you at one of our events I thought it best to introduce myself. I am Staci Pastis and I was born and raised in Santa Rosa and have always had an interest in anything old. An interest in history, or the story behind a place or object, has always been a part of the way I see the world. It is, I believe, what brings us together as a community. The history of our city belongs to all of us, no matter what our background.

I am excited to take over from Mike Grace as president of the HSSR. I will strive to continue the work that Mike has done and all that he has achieved. The HSSR runs great events that highlight our history and give us a chance to learn and share the history of our city. During the spring we had very popular walks on McDonald Avenue with Kay Ward and Gaye LeBaron giving us an insight into how the famous street has developed. We hope to do the same again next spring. We also had a history walk of the SRJC again teaching us about the history and importance of this educational jewel.

On July 19th we will host a free night at the Sonoma County History Museum to view the latest exhibit on guitars. This fall we plan to have an event with the Sonoma County Library Annex, where we will invite our members to come in and scan Santa Rosa related photos. We will launch our documentary on the history of Santa Rosa, which promises to be an amazing look at our city. We have a train event and the Great Santa Rosa History Hunt in October and more talks at the Sixth Street Playhouse. I hope you will join us for all those great events.

Documenting the history of our city and sharing that history would not be possible without the support of our members. I thank you for your support and encourage you to help us to grow our membership by telling friends and neighbors about us. Your membership dues are what enable us to run our events.

In celebration of all that has come before,

Staci Pastis

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

Anonymous

Anonymous

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.

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

— Staci Pastis, President, HSSR