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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Sonoma County Museum opens ‘Mail Call’ exhibit

For generations of soldiers serving overseas, the next best thing to going home was getting mail from home. “Mail Call,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., celebrates the history of this of treasured correspondence. The show opens upstairs at the Sonoma County Museum with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and runs through April 21. The exhibit also is augmented with items from the Sonoma County Museum collection and… Read More »

Petaluma Historical Museum displays vintage wedding gowns

The romance of yesteryear lives on, in the new Petaluma Historical Museum, “I Do!” — opening Sunday, July 15. The new exhibit features antique wedding clothes — gowns, veils, gloves and more — from the museum’s textile collection. Aided by a grant from Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the museum’s textile curator, Teresa Fröschl, created and assembled 20 original mannequins to fit the antique clothes. “I Do!” runs through Sept. 30 at the museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. A public… Read More »

Yiddish culture fest comes to Santa Rosa

Looking for something a little different this weekend? How about “A Taste of Yiddish Culture”? Celebrate the Jewish Community Center Sonoma County’s ‘Simcha Sunday,’ with Klez Calfornia presenting live klezmer music and cultural workshops, ending with a dance party, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. at Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. The lineup includes klezmer band Veretski Pass, Jewish song maven and cantor Sharon Bernstein, Yiddish dance leader Bruce Bierman, Yiddish expert Harvey Varga and educator and author… Read More »

California Indian basketry in Ukiah

Living in this region, we get used to hearing about Native American basket weaving. It literally comes with the territory. But how often do we really take a look at this intricate and remarkable art form? You have a good chance to do just that right now. “American Masterpieces: The Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry,” opened in November at Ukiah’s Grace Hudson Museum and will remain on display through Feb. 27. The exhibition, which originated in Sacramento, includes more… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 18

It has been a little while since we posted a new entry in the Mystery Photo series, our effort to help Lynn Prime, Sonoma State University’s Digital Projects Librarian, identify some 850 photos, taken during the ’70s by students in the college’s historical preservation course. So far, she has entered about 300 in the university’s digital archives. Since the notes that have survived the past three decades are sketchy and incomplete, she’s reaching out to the public for help in… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 17: Seaview

Lynn Prime, Sonoma State University’s Digital Projects Librarian, is working her way through some 850 photos, taken during the ’70s by students in the college’s historical preservation course. So far, she has entered about 300 in the university’s digital archives. Since the notes that have survived the past three decades are sketchy and incomplete, she’s reaching out to the public for help in identifying these old photos. That is how our “Mystery Photo” series got started. Today’s entry is Mystery… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 16: ‘Barn’

Identifying old photos can be easy, or it can be tough. For newcomers to our Mystery Photo series,  here’s quick recap: We’ve been helping Lynn Prime, Digital Projects Librarian at Sonoma State University, identify some of the hundreds of photos taken by students as part of historical preservation course during the ’70s. Today’s offering bears practically no clues at all, just the word “barn.”  The only other information we have is that the photo was taken between 1974 and 1978.… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 15: Dante Hotel

Regular readers know the drill by now. People all over the county have rallied to help Lynn Prime, Digital Projects Librarian at Sonoma State University, identify some of the hundreds of photos taken by students as part of historical preservation course during the ’70s. The few background notes for these photos that have survived the past three decades are a bit skimpy, to say the least. For the location of the Dante Hotel, shown in Mystery Photo No. 15  (carpssu_641… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 14

After a brief Thanksgiving recess, our Mystery Photo series returns. We’ve been helping Lynn Prime, Digital Projects Librarian at Sonoma State University, identify some of the hundreds of photos taken by students as part of historical preservation course during the ’70s. Today’s entry is Mystery Photo No. 14,  “Rural residence, Sonoma County’ (ID# carpssu_558). All we know is that this building was photographed by W.L. Kramer. More information about SSU’s North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection is available at northbaydigital.sonoma.edu… Read More »

Mystery Photo No. 13 — The Sequel

When a research librarian needs help, who’s better qualified than another library worker? We’ve been helping Lynn Prime, Digital Projects Librarian at Sonoma State University, identify some of the hundreds of photos taken by students as part of historical preservation course during the ’70s. This photo was printed Sunday, Nov. 14, in The Press Democrat and posted on this blog earlier today (Nov. 17.) Almost immediately, we got this information from Katherine J. Rinehart, Library Associate for the History and… Read More »