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Double Feature at Summerfield Cinemas: Our Documentary and It’s a Wonderful Life

HSSR members and guests enjoyed the HSSR’s short film documentary about the history of Santa Rosa along with a cinematic production filmed in our city.  Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of all the Earth was featured along with It’s a Wonderful Life, featuring scenes in Santa Rosa. The big screen at Summerfield Cinemas provided the venue for this great Santa Rosa double feature.

 

Double Feature at the Roxy: Our Documentary and Shadow of a Doubt

HSSR members and guests enjoyed the HSSR’s short film documentary about the history of Santa Rosa along with a cinematic production filmed in our city.  Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of all the Earth was featured along with Shadow of a Doubt which utilized a residence on historic McDonald Avenue as a primary location within the film.

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Scan Event at the So. Co. History and Genealogy Library

The HSSR joined with the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library for this event.  Free to HSSR members and open to the public, the library and HSSR board members scanned Santa Rosa centric photographs, putting the image data on thumb drives for the attendees.  The library also retained digital copies of the images within their growing digital photograph library of local history.  The physical photographs returned home with their owners.

2016 Photo Scan Event

2016 Photo Scan Event

Historic Railways in Santa Rosa: Tours of the Station, Presentations and Discussion

The HSSR and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society (NWPRHS) in celebrated the historical railroads that once crisscrossed the City of Santa Rosa. The event included tours of Santa Rosa’s historic train station and an evening of presentations held at the Sixth Street Theater.

The presentations included a discussion of the historic railways in Santa Rosa, the archaeological study of the “right of way” for rehabilitation of the NWP line and a discussion of impacts to the community. Gaye LeBaron moderated the presentations and discussion.

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Third Annual Great Santa Rosa History Hunt

On October 8th, 2016 the HSSR held it’s third History Hunt at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery.  More than 70 participants used clues to locate the graves of 15 different people buried in the grave yard and when finished received a booklet telling about these local celebrities.

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Following are the clues and answers from the Hunt.

 

  1. This Civil War hero escaped Bloody Bill Anderson in Centralia.  He was the Sergeant taken captive and who lived to tell his regiment’s tale.Thomas Morton Goodman

    Born February 28, 1829

    Died February 5, 1886

    Buried Eastern Half Circle Plot 52

     

    In 1864 one of the most infamous events of the Civil War occurred in Centralia, Missouri. Bloody Bill Anderson, a Confederate sympathizer and bushwhacker who did not belong to an organized military force, and his men executed 26 unarmed Union soldiers, who were on leave, only sparring Sergeant Goodman.

    Goodman, born in Kentucky, was a sergeant fighting for the Union in 1864.  He and his company were granted leave and were headed home when Bloody Bill came across them.  (William Anderson has been called a sociopath and was well known for being a brutal and destructive leader who harassed Union troops in Missouri and Kansas.  A young Jesses James was part of Anderson’s band and learned how to be an outlaw from him.)  It was customary to allow furloughed soldiers from the opposing side to go unmolested as they did not have military weapons, but Bloody Bill executed all the men in Goodman’s company sparing only Goodman, apparently because a sergeant from Anderson’s company had been captured and Anderson was looking for an a prisoner exchange.  Goodman showed courage and resourcefulness in surviving for ten days until escaping when his capturers attempted to cross the Missouri River.  Goodman later wrote a book to honor his fallen comrades and bring attention to their bravery as they fought on battle fields that were not part of the eastern centered war.

    Goodman married Mary Ann Wood in 1849, and they had five children before moving to Santa Rosa.

     

Second Showing: The HSSR’s Short Film Documentary

A second showing of the HSSR’s short film documentary on the history of Santa Rosa was presented on the big screen at the Roxy Stadium.  The Premiere event filled quickly and the HSSR quickly arranged for this second showing to meet members’ desire to view the film.  Again, Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of all the Earth was received with great applause. The film showing was supplemented with a Question and Answer session with Producer, Writer and Director Don Cambou and local historian, Don Silverek who stars in the film.  The film was made possible by the generosity of community members.

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Premiere and Reception: The HSSR’s Short Film Documentary of Santa Rosa

HSSR Members enjoyed a beer and wine hosted reception at The Roxy Theater as the Society presented its short film documentary about the history of Santa Rosa.  Board members greeted attendees in red-carpet style.  Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of all the Earth was received with great applause. The film was followed by a Question and Answer session with Producer, Writer and Director Don Cambou and Santa Rosa’s favorite Historian, Gaye LeBaron.  The film was made possible by the generosity of community members.

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Fifth Night at the Museum: Medieval to Metal

5th night at museum guitars

On July 19th Historical Society Members were invited to  a free evening to view the History Museum of Sonoma County exhibit:
Medieval to Metal:  The Art and Evolution of the Guitar
Even those who were not a guitar aficionado left the exhibit with a newfound appreciation of the evolution of these beautiful instruments.

Santa Rosa Junior College History Walk

On June 21, exclusively for members and friends of the HSSR, we held an evening walk of the Santa Rosa Junior College campus and guided tour and discussion of historic buildings of this educational jewel.

McDonald Avenue Promenade

The Historical Society of Santa Rosa presented a tour of the historic McDonald Avenue neighborhood lead by Kay Ward and Gaye LeBaron.
Attendees learned about the McDonald Avenue neighborhood from its beginnings in the 1800s, why it was built and a history of its planners.  Ward and LeBaron highlighted the architecture of some of the most stately homes, the movies that have been filmed on the street, and a general history of local notables who have lived in the neighborhood.
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