Bibliography, Collection/Obsession, History, Photographs, Resorts

Images of America, The Springs:Resort Towns of Sonoma Valley


Michael Acker’s book will be out on March 27. There will be a book signing at Reader’s Books in Sonoma on March 30, 7PM. Other events to follow including one at the Depot Park Museum, date TBD.

The book features 210 photographs of the Springs from 1885 to 2016. Part history, part nostalgia, part pride of place in the here and now, it is sure to interest and delight residents, visitors, and the curious alike.

Buy it here:



Josiah Royce: California, from the Conquest of 1846 to the Second Vigilance Committee in San Francisco. A Study of American Character


Born in Grass Valley in 1851, Royce became one of the countries preeminent philosophers. His “California” was published in 1886, a time when the conquest of California was not ancient history. In fact, he interviewed John C. Fremont for the book.

Royce’s writing is full of delicious and unexpected irony. He was very critical of the actions of the U.S. government against Mexico leading up to the war. His examination of historical documents, including the dispatch Gillespie brought to Fremont at Klamath Lake, is meticulous ( and he is effusive in his thanks to “Mr. H.H. Bancroft.”)

“The American as conqueror is unwilling to appear in public as a pure aggressor; he dare not seize California as Russia has seized so much land in Asia or  Napoleon, with full French approval, seized whatever he wanted. The American wants to persuade not only the world but himself that he is doing God service in a peaceable spirit, even when he violently takes what he has determined to get.”

The book is dedicated to his mother.

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