The book Petaluma in Vintage Postcards, with backstories about Sonoma and General Mariano Vallejo, is the subject of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s next Zoom lecture. The Second Saturday event, on January 9, welcomes authors Alice van Ommeren and KC Greaney at 2 p.m.
The duo will share historical insights behind antique postcards, including the connection of General Vallejo, whose home was in Sonoma and whose ranch was in Petaluma. Both sites are now state parks.
There are other similarities between Petaluma and Sonoma, including the poultry industry and the wine industry which loomed large in both towns. The authors will touch on the history of postcards, and explore images of postcards that are more than 100 years old to illustrate the history of southern Sonoma County.
Alice van Ommeren is an avid vintage postcard collector and lives in Petaluma. Her previous publications include Stockton in Vintage Postcards and Yosemite’s Historic Camps and Hotels. KC Greaney, PhD. was the Director of the Institutional Research Office at Santa Rosa Junior College for two decades. KC holds a master’s degree in US history and is a longtime Petaluma resident.
Saturday, January 9, 2 p.m.
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