A new historical documentary depicts Sonoma Valley's evolution as a mecca for Native Americans, missionaries, rancheros, the military and American pioneers. Twenty locals are interviewed, including historians Robert Parmelee, Gaye LeBaron, Dr. Peter Meyerhof and Arthur Dawson who recount surprising twists and turns of the valley's history and highlighting cultural clashes, political maneuverings and the rise and fall of Sonoma's fortunes. Local luminaries including Sam Sebastiani, Hank Marioni, Jim Bundschu, Alexa Wood, and Angelo Sangiacomo recount trials and tribulations of keeping a family business afloat over several generations. Other locals including Breck Parkman, former senior state archaeologist at California State Parks; Bill Lynch, former publisher of the Sonoma Index Tribune; and Richard Dale, executive director of the Sonoma Ecology Center, discuss the challenges facing valley residents over thousands of years. The film draws upon more than 600 historic images and videos from over three dozen public and personal archives.
Sonoma Valley is shown to be at the center of California history. Sonoma began as a well-populated habitat of four Native American tribes more than 12,000 years ago. It was selected as the strategic location of the northernmost mission and military outpost under Mexican rule
and was also the site of the Bear Flag Revolt leading to the establishment of California statehood. In addition it was an important stopping-off point en route to the gold fields during the Gold Rush and later the home of the introduction of modern-day winemaking techniques.
July 1st, 7:00pm