"Art and History"
Explore Mike Acker’s nine monumental panels that tell iconic tales from Sonoma Plaza history.
- Meet the artist and hear about his inspirations for the piece.
- Hear stories from historian Arthur Dawson and Sonoma Plaza History Director Jim Silverman.
- Learn more about our upcoming, free, bilingual mobile Plaza history tour.
- Enjoy poured wines by Fathia Winery
Meet the speakers
“Portrait of the Sonoma Plaza” incorporates historical street maps, a photomontage of buildings past and present, and images of people with Plaza stories to tell.
Books written by the artist/author: “The Springs: Resort Towns of Sonoma Valley,” will be available for purchase.
Sonoma Plaza History Director,
Jim Silverman aims to make Plaza history accessible, fun, fascinating, and a free public bilingual resource for our community.
Books written by the author: “On This Day in California History,” will be available for purchase.
Arthur Dawson of Glen Ellen is a principal storyteller for the Sonoma Plaza History tour. He describes the Plaza’s natural history, early winemaking and breathes life into some of the buildings.
Books written by the author: “The Stories Behind Sonoma Valley Place Names,” “From Arrowhead Mountain to Yulupa,” “Where the World Begins,” and “Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images.”
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Learn about our Tour
Our mobile history tour is 100% free to the public, GPS-enabled and available in Spanish and English translations. Join our newsletter to be the first to try it.
Support Sonoma Plaza History
This website and mobile tour is made possible by support from local organizations and friends. We believe that history offers life lessons that need remembering and telling over the generations. Donations are tax-deductible, and all are appreciated.