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

Thursday, September 16, 7 pm, Trees of Change: Oaks, Redwoods, and North Bay Native Americans”

Nick Heitkamp, Sonoma State Historic Park Interpretive Specialist, will speak on the history of North Bay Native Americans through the lenses of two iconic California trees.  A graduate of Sonoma State University, Nick has worked as a Teaching 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.