Nice shout-out for the Sonoma County Library’s maps and digital collections: sonoma_county_map

Curious about the history of your parcel or maybe how downtown Healdsburg was laid out back in the day? The Sonoma County Library has a vast collection of historic maps including township maps, plat maps, Sanborn maps and historical atlases.

A complete set of Sanborn Insurance Company maps can be found at the library on microfilm. These maps were originally created to calculate fire insurance risks in a community. Lauded by historians and preservationists alike, they are a vital component in identifying what was located where in great detail. [read full story]


My uncle, Herb Pownall, helped transport several hundred head of cattle and horses to Germany as part of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration’s post-war relief effort following the end of WWII. Herb  was recently interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio and his interview published as a Human Nature podcast. I loved hearing him tell this story in his own voice — particularly because I had never heard it before now. As a bonus, Human Nature has posted a great selection of photos Herb took during his adventure.

Herb Pownall wanted to see the world. So he boarded a ship bound for Europe…along with 800 cows.


Herb Pownall at his home. Credit Ali Grossman

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