The Community and Our Programs
This is an exciting time for Cloverdale’s Historical Society. We are fortunate to have a historic home and museum, a history center and a patio garden with seating.
These comprise a beautiful complex that allows us to offer events, exhibits, research, and outdoor activities suited for all ages.
We often partner with the Cloverdale Center for the Performing Arts, located next door, for the Speaker Series and programs such as the Forthright and Female Lecture Series
Some things we are doing
One of our most popular programs, the Speaker Series topics are wide-ranging about local history and lore as well as contemporary events. It is all interesting, and informative and often we develop a companion exhibit. We regularly have a spring and fall series.
- Spring Tea and Fashion Show on the PatioOur patio garden is the perfect setting for a social event. Guests come resplendent in finery, and the teas and 4 course luncheon are a special treat.
- One of our major fund raisers.Cemetery RestorationThe Historical Society has since the late 1980s been the driving force behind the restoration and maintenance of the historic Riverside Cemetery. There has been an outpouring of support from the Cloverdale community to protect this treasure. In 2014 a successful fund raising effort culminated in retaining wall restoration and more projects are on the horizon. Continuing the popular Cemetery Tours is a priority and we plan a tour each year around Halloween.
- The Gould-Shaw House is decorated for the holidays by our volunteers and tour groups and families visit to experience what Christmas was like more than a century ago.
- New Programs Preview
- Digitization of the Reveille going back to the 1880’s, the Latino Oral History Initiative/Bracero Outreach, and collaboration with Listening for a Change kiosk project.
We hope you can see the vision and mission of the Cloverdale Historical Society reflected in the types of projects we do and that we have underway. We have a wonderful Board of Directors and volunteers who give generously of their time and talent to make this happen.
Please join us in making in supporting our programs by contributing as generously as you can.
Help us ensure our history for tomorrow.
The Beverley McChesney Historical Essay Contest
The Historical Essay Contest, a new and innovative program of the Cloverdale Historical Society, was founded by Beverley McChesney in 2013 for public and private school fourth and eighth graders. Each year since, Beverley worked closely with the CUSD Superintendent, local principals and teachers to prepare the subject matter in conjunction with school curriculum. Utilizing the Historical Society archives that she helped create, Beverley researched and distributed materials to Jefferson, Washington, Seventh-Day Adventist and interested home schoolers describing the lives of Cloverdale area role models. “The program gives students an opportunity to learn about diverse figures and to write about one of their choice,” she said when the program was first launched.
When choosing figures to include, attention is given to historical period, ethnic diversity, and topics of potential interest to each age group. A blue-ribbon committee of judges is selected from the committee and the cash awards for each prize are determined.
Subjects have included, for the fourth grade: Ann Amaroli Gillis, Gloria Figueroa, Ida Hoadley Humbert, Carmen Ruiz, Miguel Sanchez, John Santana, Daniel Sink and for the eighth grade: Anthony Cuneo, Dena Gambetta, Edna Cobb Gorden, Everett Lampson, William Russell Ledford, Jane Leist, Joseph Lile, Lucile McKay Kelly, Enrico Prati and Ulises Valdez.
Beverley passed away in late 2014 but she had a vision for the contest that we intend to keep. She felt that future topics could include transportation, the Geysers, and the early fruit and wine industry. She wanted to encourage anyone who had materials on the Pomo who lived in this area or a body of information on early Mexican settlers to contact the Historical Society and submit their materials for our research archives to be used for the contest.
She also wanted to expand the program to the high school level.
If you would like to donate in Beverley’s honor, you can do so here.
Now Is the Time to Discover Northern Sonoma County
Two small towns with charm and character, Cloverdale and Geyserville, are only 80 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. These communities offer History, Art, Wine Tasting, Recreational Adventures, Special Events and Unique Dining.
Nestled among gently rolling hills and lush vineyards at the top of the renowned Alexander Valley, Cloverdale is the hidden gem of Sonoma County Wine Country. Its older homes, tree-lined neighborhoods and friendly residents give the town a small town character to be experienced by visitors. Downtown Cloverdale is easily walkable with a cultural corridor of art galleries, Performing Arts Center, Sculpture Trail, wine tasting, restaurants, shops, Museum and History Center.
Settled in the mid-1800s, Geyserville today retains the ambiance of a by-gone era and offers many enjoyable tourist attractions. Main Street Geyserville still holds the charm of 100 years ago in its historic buildings. From wooden boardwalks to Wild West storefronts, Geyserville charms its visitors with world-renowned wine tasting, contemporary restaurants and vintage chic mercantiles.
All programs are held at the Center for Performing Arts, 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard. Start time is 7 pm. After-program reception held at the History Center next door.
Spring Tea and Fashion Show 2017
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