1969 - 2014 Our 45th Year!
The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, established in 1969, now operates two historic sites with trained docents and offers tours, educational programs, and special events to enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of what makes Sonoma Valley so special.
We are an all volunteer organization that maintains and staffs two historical properties in Sonoma - The Heritage Center at the Maysonnave House and the General Joseph Hooker House.
The League is devoted to protecting and sharing Sonoma's unique cultural heritage and its historic buildings for the enjoyment and benefit of the Sonoma Valley community and visitors from around the world.
The League has always focused on the identification and preservation of historic structures within the City of Sonoma and the surrounding area.
The League's focus on historic structures is manifested through six main efforts or activities:
1. The League's Historic Survey whose initial compilation in 1978 was of all structures 50 years of age or more and the League's ongoing program for the updating of these records.
2. The League's Archives with its collection of documents and photographs having to do with historical structures within the City of Sonoma and the surrounding area.
3. The League's Advocacy Program with the City of Sonoma and its several official bodies for the protection of all historical structures within the Sonoma Historic District and the Sonoma Historic Overlay as well as other specifically designated properties.
4. The League's Annual Awards Program in which the owners of historic structures which have had some sympathetic restoration are recognized.
5. The League's Sonoma Walking Tour Brochure of historic commercial and residential properties within close proximity to the Sonoma Plaza as well as a new program of placing Plaques with QR Codes for the casual visitor to Sonoma to appreciate these historic structures.
6. The League's Historic Easement Program for specific historic easements on properties that have been deeded to the League for the legal protection of certain specific attributes of these properties.
The League is a 501.(c)(3) public benefit non-profit organization and is sustained by membership fees and donations which are always welcome.