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Glen Ellen Historical Society has new temporary digs

Glen Ellen Historical Society has new temporary digs

By Jim Shere and Margie Foster

Mark and Suzi Molofsky have generously donated use of their building at 969 Carquinez Avenue in Glen Ellen, recent location of the Laurel Glen Winery tasting room, as temporary quarters for the Glen Ellen Historical Society to inventory their archives. The space affords a central downtown location with parking and space for social distancing, lots of good light, and, as one of the board members so aptly put it, “a life-affirming space!” We are very grateful to the Molofskys for the use of their building until April 15, at which time it will become available for the next tenant.

Over the past decade, many historic artifacts from Glen Ellen’s colorful past have gathered at Jack London Village, from the few boxes of unsorted items brought here from the Sonoma Ecology Center in Eldridge ten years ago, to a collection that has filled the over-crowded repository. Now they have been removed to Carquinez Avenue, in a space large enough for everything to be carefully studied and archived.

Under the supervision of Nancy Padian and Laurie Pile, the inventory process is thought to take at least six weeks by GEHS volunteers. A more permanent place is being sought for storage and preparation for a new museum, which is planned to be open to the public in Eldridge on the old SDC campus. During the inventory process on Carquinez Avenue, an information table will be set up where artifacts may be viewed and questions can be answered. Due to COVID restrictions, an appointment is necessary to stop by; send an email to [email protected] org or call 707-935-3663. Many of our artifacts, such as a musket and a signature quilt, and most recently a wonderful cookbook from the 30s and 40s created by local women, have been donated by families in the area who wanted their heirlooms cared for and made available for study and public display. Several family photographs, letters, and other documents have also been donated to demonstrate Glen Ellen’s fascinating heritage. In many cases they were scanned and digitized, so that the originals could be returned to the families while still contributing to public knowledge and appreciation of our part of the Valley of the Moon. We would love to see and possibly add your artifacts to our growing collection.

This is an exciting transition for the Glen Ellen Historical Society, as we move toward the creation of an historic park in Eldridge.

To join or donate to the Glen Ellen Historical Society ,or to find out more information go to www. glenellenhistorical

Angela Morgan and Margie Foster help move Glen Ellen Historical Society artifacts into their new temporary space.Photo by Paul Goguen