“Sonoma Before the Mission”, Lecture by Arthur Dawson

Arthur Dawson is a historical ecologist who enjoys exploring and celebrating the landscapes of Sonoma County, sharing a sense of place” through art and science. He has collected oral histories from local elders and contributed field and archival research to local and regional restoration efforts. His unique approach integrates field work, oral histories and archival research to tell the story of places and people at every scale, from small parcels to entire watersheds. He has written or contributed to three local bestsellers: The Stories Behind Sonoma Valley Place Names, On Foot in Sonoma (with Rebecca Lawton), and Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images. His column on Sonoma County place names appears monthly in the Press-Democrat. Currently an independent consultant, Mr. Dawson has worked with the Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Land Trust, and Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

Admission at the door is, $10 for the general public, $5 for SPParks members, free for docents and parks staff.

California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact Sonoma State Historic Park at (707) 938-9547. 711, TTY relay service.

Arthur Dawson Lecture Flyer