Fourth Grade California History Projects on Display at Sonoma Barracks from May 6 through May 31 


California history projects of Sonoma Valley’s fourth grade students are on public display in the Sonoma Barracks Theater Room. Residents and visitors are encouraged to see the culmination of a year’s study of California history by our young scholars. The exhibits will be on display through the Memorial Day weekend. They are the work of 350 student historians from Sonoma Valley’s public and parochial schools.  Sonoma Petaluma Parks sponsors this annual student exhibit program. Each student receives a diploma from SPParks.  Classes receive a financial stipend for materials. The Barracks is located at the corner of East Spain Street and First Street East.


California history is a mainstay of the fourth grade curriculum.  Annually hundreds of students arrive on class field trips to explore the Sonoma Mission, the Barracks, Mariano Vallejo’s home, the Petaluma Adobe, and the Toscano Hotel. Docents explain the histories of precolonial Native Americans and also of later settlers in the Spanish, Mexican, and American eras. These visits provide a first hand experience for the students. 


Teachers are to be commended for providing  this opportunity for the public to view the student work. Valley’s teachers who coordinated student projects this year are: Dave Kohnhorst, Mr. Decker (El Verano), Mary Kearney (St. Francis Solano), Nadine Harmon (Sonoma Charter), Maggie Pat (Sassarini), Sarah Stone (Presentation), Lydia Calderon & Gregg Campbell (Flowery), Peggy McClure, Gary Griffith, & Ms. Grimes (Prestwood).  

 For further information: Tom Martin, Coordinator, 4th Grade project 707-938-5025 tvmsonoma@att.net

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