"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

Date:  Sunday, October 17, 2021

Time:  2PM – 5PM

Location:  Reader’s Books Store

Address:  130 E. Napa St, Sonoma, Ca, 95476

Cost:  Free

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Panelist for Art + History - Portrait of the Sonoma Plaza History at Reader's Books

Meet the speakers

Mike Ackers


“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.

Jim Silverman

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

Historical Ecologist 

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.”

In support with

Readers’ Books of Sonoma and Sonoma Plaza History are a natural partnership. So we were thrilled to be invited to have a partnered event on their lovely back patio.

Fathia Winery of Kenwood donated its lovely wines to our esteemed guests. Pouring a charming selection of white and read vintages to pair with stories from yesterday.

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. 

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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.