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News: 03/01/2014

Preservation group hosts new exhibit on Joseph Hooker

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation will close its exhibit of Civil War battle maps at the General Joseph Hooker House in El Paseo on March 10. These detailed maps diagram troop movements in the major battles in which General Hooker played a leading role from Antietam to Gettysburg.

Soon after, on March 15, the League will open a new exhibit, “Joseph Hooker in Sonoma: What he saw and who he knew.” The exhibit shows Sonoma as it was around the 1850s when Hooker was stationed here as part of the Army of the Pacific. It includes photos of The Blue Wing, the Leese-Fitch house on First Street West where the army was headquartered, a map of Sonoma in 1850, as well as photos of Jacob Leese, William T. Sherman, General Persifor Smith, Agoston Haraszthy, and Mariano Vallejo.

The Joseph Hooker House, located at 414 First St. East in Sonoma, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and admission is free. The exhibit will be open through July.

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