Sept. 16, 2021, SPParks Lectures in the Sonoma Mission Chapel Return this Fall

Thursday, September 16, 7 pm, “Indigenous People’s Uses of Local Plants”

Nick Heitkamp, Sonoma State Historic Park Interpretive Specialist, will speak on the medicinal and other uses of local plants by the indigenous people in Sonoma Valley. A graduate of Sonoma State University, Nick has worked as a Research Assistant to SSU Professor and Graton Rancheria Tribal Chair Greg Sarris.

Thursday, October 7, 7 pm, “Fort Ross Archaeology Update”

Glenn Farris, retired  CA Senior State Parks Archaeologist, will talk about the most recent archaeological findings at Fort Ross Historic Park.  Dr. Farris led a 1981 excavation at Fort Ross and is the author of  So Far From Home:  Russians in Early California.”

Thursday, October 28, 7 pm, “Pomo and Wappo Basketry”

Clint McKay, Pomo/Wappo basket maker and Indigenous Education Coordinator and Native Advisory Council Chair at Pepperwood Preserve, will display his baskets and speak to us about the artistry and cultural significance of baskets in the lives of indigenous people.

All three Thursday evening lectures are tentatively scheduled to be held at the Sonoma Mission Chapel, pending state loosening of restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Check back on this website for updates on this as well as possible masking requirements.  If held in person, admission fee will be $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents.