Blog Roll

Swen Alstrom

As part of our First Annual Napa Valley Lodging Industry Hall of Fame Ceremony, we have compiled a series of biographies of the historic inductees. This short history of Swen Alstrom is the first of five articles. It comes from History of...

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Napa’s First People

The first settlers came to Napa County about 10,000-12,000 years ago. The Southern Patwin, so-called for their word pat-win, meaning “people,” were a southern branch of the Wintun (or Wintu) that occupied most of the land around Suisun,...

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Pope Valley Schools: A Primer

This is an excerpt of an article written by the late Alice Carey, an award-winning architect and preservationist who lived in Pope Valley for many years. It was first published in the Vol. 19, No. 1 edition of Tidings, our quarterly newsletter. To get your copy of...

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Hamden McIntyre

Hamden W. McIntyre, the now legendary Napa Valley winery designer, was born in Randolph, Vermont in 1834. As a young man he apprenticed as a piano and organ maker, and later was the superintendent of lumber company before taking up machinery manufacturing. He formally...

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Admission Day

On September 9, we celebrate Admission Day in honor of California becoming a state in 1850. But admission to the United States was a tricky process that had its roots in slavery. Back in 1820, congress agreed to the Missouri Compromise, which attempted to balance out...

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Judge Palmer

Augustus Caesar Palmer was born in Virginia about 1838. He married Indiana native Serilda, born in 1848, about 1868. They came to California and had a child, Frank. On March 5, 1869, the Palmers filed for bankruptcy, but by 1870 they were living in Napa where Augustus...

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Charles and Sarah Grace Crouch

Charles Wiley Crouch was the younger of two boys born to New York natives Francis Asahel Crouch and Rachel Wiley Dutcher in Canandaigua, Michigan, on July 21, 1867. The Crouch family headed west when Charles was ten, and settled in...

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Atlas Peak Fire

While the Rocky Fire continues to rage just north of Napa – take a gander at the Los Angeles Times’ excellent coverage for updates - let’s take a look back at one of the worst fires in Napa County history, the Atlas Peak fire of 1981. The 1981 fire was the result of...

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Protect Your History!

Congress is drafting a new Copyright Act, and while there is no official bill yet, if the proposals made by the US Copyright Office are put into effect it could prove detrimental and devastating. The recommendations hurt not only archival...

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Napa Redevelopment, 1974

One of our volunteers came across this intriguing brochure while organizing our ephemera files, and it was just too cool not to share. The brochure is from the volume 2, number 1, Fall 1974 edition of the New Era Reporter, a publication put out by the Napa Community...

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Fire in Pope Valley!

On the afternoon of June 9, 2015, a fire kicked up in Pope Valley. It raged on the hill above and around the Henry Haus Blacksmith Shop, a historic building owned by Napa County Historical Society. Thankfully Brad Kirkpatrick, a former Pope Valley Fire Chief, put the...

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Sat July 27 Annual Meeting