The Ranch of Good Intentions, The Legacy of Jack London’s Beauty Ranch

Chuck Levine and his wife, Elisa Stancil Levine, will share rarely seen images of Jack London’s Beauty Ranch from the early 20th century. Chuck will discuss London’s entrepreneurial efforts, including his agricultural legacy at the “Ranch of Good Intentions.” Elisa will reveal how strong relationships and pure grit helped the ranch enterprise prevail after London’s untimely death at 40 in 1916.

Chuck and Elisa live adjacent to the park and are long time volunteers at Jack London State Park. When the state announced the park would close due to lack of funds both were on the board of the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association and helped hammer out the contract to operate the park. Elisa spent three years researching the book, Jack London State Historic Park.

The lecture starts at 7PM in the Sonoma Mission Chapel, 114 East Spain Street, Sonoma. 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.