History Guild Day Trip | Historic Sonoma County: Mission Models and Jack London’s Beauty Ranch

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Explore the past and present of scenic Sonoma County with the History Guild! Starting at Cline Cellars in Sonoma County, we will walk the entire California Mission Trail under one roof. From 1769 through the next 50 years, Spanish Missions were built along California’s El Camino Real, spanning 650 miles from San Diego to the pueblo of Sonoma. The California Mission models made their debut at the 1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island. View these faithful, finely detailed representations of the original missions—an extraordinary depiction of California history—for yourself.

After lunch in the historic, picturesque town of Sonoma, we will spend the afternoon at Jack London State Historic Park, a National Historic Landmark. With the assistance of guide Gary Holloway we will explore the Cottage, the principal home of Jack and his wife Charmian. Jack wrote many of his later stories and novels here. The Cottage and Stone Dining Room capture Jack and Charmian’s bohemian lifestyle. We will also see the House of Happy Walls Museum that includes displays unique crafts and mementos Jack and Charmian collected in their travels around the world. A new exhibit tells the story of their ill-fated Cruise of the Snark. Finally we will see the remains of Wolf House, the London’s dream house which was destroyed by fire just days before they were to move in.

To reserve a space, contact tour leader Anne Curran at 510-891-8419.

For more information, contact historyguild@museumca.org.

For more information about OMCA Guilds, including how to join and a list of upcoming trips, visit museumca.org/travel-guilds.