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Napa County Library Presents

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join local historian and Napa Valley Register columnist Rebecca Yerger to look back at local female authors over time. From famed foodie M. K. Fisher to Hollywood icon Frances Marion, we’ll explore how the Napa Valley inspired these trailblazing women.

Inherited Silence

As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month,
spend time with Louise Dunlap and her new book
Inherited Silence: Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind.
A descendant of Napa founder Nathan Coombs, Dunlap looks back at early settlement history,
and why the true story of her ancestors and the Indigenous people of Napa Valley
was kept silent for so long.
Enjoy brief readings from the book followed by a Q&A.
Napa Bookmine will have copies of the book to sign & sell.

Registration is required. This event is available to in-person or over Zoom.
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Fuller Park Historic District Walking Tour 2022 – September 24th

Napa County Landmarks annual

2022 Fuller Park Historic District Walking Tour


This Perry-Browning Home was built in 1875. Here Tom Kennelly is describing its architectural history.


On Saturday, September 24th, local expert and tour guide Tom Kennelly conducted a walking tour of Napa’s very own Fuller Park Historic District. This historic district offered a wide array of architectural styles, from Queen Anne to Greek Revival to Prairie, and a glimpse into Napa’s past. Participants learned about local Napa architects Luther Turton and William Corlett; as well as the famous Coombs family, who had ties to this area!


This home belonged to Charles Gildersleeve and was built in 1905.

Hope all who attended this historical walking toured enjoyed the perfect weather while learning about Napa’s past!






See you next year!!

History of To-Kalon Vineyard Presentation

Wednesday, June 15th
7 PM

Early drawing of To-Kalon vineyards. Courtesy Napa Valley Register.

Please join Napa County Landmarks in the Native Sons of the Golden West ballroom for a fascinating presentation on the history of Napa County’s most storied vineyard. Oakville vintner Graeme MacDonald has been working for years to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the To-Kalon Vineyard Historic District. The vineyard was originally established in 1868 by H. W. Crabb, who acquired grape varieties from around the world, assembling the largest collection in the United States. Crabb was a wine-making innovator,and his

Portrait of H.W. Crabb. Photo courtesy Graeme MacDonald.

marketing efforts helped establish the reputation of the first generation of California wines. In the 1960s, Robert Mondavi winery began using grapes from the historic To-Kalon Vineyard in some of its most acclaimed wines, and wines from To-Kalon grapes are in some of the most sought-after Napa Valley wines.

Current To-Kalon vineyard. Photo courtesy Graeme MacDonald.

Graeme MacDonald and his brother Alex began making wine from the grapes they grew on a portion of the historic To-Kalon vineyard while they were still in college, releasing their first commercial vintage in 2010. Their family’s association with the vineyard goes back to 1954, when their great-grandparents purchased it as a retirement property. The MacDonald family sold their grapes to

Robert Mondavi Winery and vineyard. Photo courtesy Graeme MacDonald.

Robert Mondavi Winery for over half a century. MacDonald will present a PowerPoint describing the history of the vineyard and surrounding area as well as the nomination project and will answer audience questions. Wine and light refreshments will be served after the presentation. Please RSVP by return email or on our Facebook event page.

2022 High School Scholarship Recipients

Napa County Landmarks Announces
2022 Scholarship Recipients.


To encourage the next generation of historic preservationists, Napa County Landmarks (NCL), for the fourth consecutive year, has granted scholarships for graduating Napa County high school seniors in 2022.

NCL is a nonprofit organization that fosters appreciation and preservation of historic buildings, sites and districts through education programs, public policy, research, and technical assistance.

NCL has awarded ten scholarships of $1000 based on applicant responses to the questions: “Describe a Napa County landmark that has significance to you. Why do you think it has value and is worth preserving? What would you do if it were threatened with demolition? ”. Other criteria included: student must be a Napa County resident and have a GPA minimum of 3.0.

Applications were received from four Napa County High Schools. The winning recipients are:


Katherine Heffernan

Napa High

Juliana Bulman
Giulia Guerrera
Austin Knight
Mia Peterson

St. Helena High

Fiona Cecilia Crowley
Logan Gomez
Tuuli Sophia Muessel

Vintage High

Ethan Castelazo
Nathan Materne

Congratulations to all the 2022 recipients!
 We wish you much success in your future endeavors.