Sonoma Community Center History Chronicled in New Book from Arcadia Publishing

Excerpted from article by Dianne Reber Hart of the Press Democrat:

Retired Sonoma City Manager Pamela Hallan-Gibson and former longtime Sonoma Community Center Executive Director Kathy Swett chronicle the building’s history in a new book from Arcadia Publishing, “Images of America: Sonoma Community Center.”

Rich with vintage photographs and a timeline of local history, the 187-page soft cover book details the valley’s dedication to education that dates back to the mission era.

It tells of a rather abrupt mid-year closing of the grammar school after a devastating Southern California earthquake in the 1930s that led to stringent seismic standards for schools throughout the state. The building sat unoccupied for several years, its future uncertain after state building codes declared it unsafe as a school.

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