History Connection

Where History Comes Alive

2014 Event Schedule

January 25, 2014 - Edmund Dubois - Author, WWII Veteran and retired Brigadier General. 2pm - Valley Orchards Retirement Community - 2100 E. Washington St. Petaluma.

During World War II, the author served in the South Pacific, with time spent in Australia, New Caledonia, and Guadalcanal, and he saw combat action in the Solomon Islands from New Georgia to Bougainville. He has had tours in Paris and Germany, three command positions, and assignments on the Army General Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and with NATO.



City Proclamation - Pacific War Remembrance Day

Location: Goltermann Gardens, 1100 Skillman Lane, Petaluma. 2pm

Featuring Petaluma Veterans:

Jack Krout, Army Air Corp.
Bob Harriot, US Army 1st Calvary 
Irv Giacomini, US Army Corp of Engineers
Owen Fredricks, Navy Pilot...and special guest!

This special series will share the remembrances of heartbreak, frustration, heroism, hope, and triumph experienced by the men who served during the campaign within the Pacific against the Japanese Empire during WW2.

See article: http://srweb.sar.dc.publicus.com/article/20140227/COMMUNITY/140229610?Title=Veterans-recall-the-war-in-the-Pacific

MAY 10, 2014 - A Day with Timothy Ferris

Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, Carole L. Ellis Auditorium - 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma - 2pm Free admisssion.

Timothy Ferris has been called "the best popular science writer in the English language" by the Christian Science Monitor and "the best Science writer of his generation" by the Washington Post. Ferris has made three documentray films, all of which premiered in prime time on PBS - "The Creation of the Universe", "Life Beyond Earth" and "Seeing in the Dark". His work has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

Ferris also produced the Voyager phonograph record launched into space containing the message of human civilization now exiting the solar system!

City Proclamation/Jim Ocean Performance - Not to miss! See www.timothyferris.com

MAY 17, 2014 - Astronaut Story Musgrave Visit - 1pm Walnut Park, Petaluma


Story Musgrave is one of NASA's most experienced Astronauts with a 30 year career spanning the Apollo era of the 1960's right through to the Space Shuttle program. Having spent over a thousand hours in space he is the only Astronaut having flown on all five Space Shuttles - a man with truly the right stuff!

May 23, 2014 - Petaluma, Purple Heart City Dedication/Ceremony

1:30pm Walnut Park, Petaluma

*If you are or know a local Purple Heart Veteran please call 707-776-7534 - all wars/generations! A group photo is being planned by the newly installed "Purple Heart City" signs

See: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/1863319-181/purple-heart-veterans-saluted-in

MAY 27 2014 - Astronaut Yvonne Cagle Day, City of Petaluma

Wilson Elementary School, 10:00am - 3775 Bodega Ave. Petaluma

Petaluma High School, 11:00am - 201 Fair Street, Petaluma

A special day that will  honor an incredible woman and inspire the young to reach for the stars!

AWARDS: Outstanding Young Women of America; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; United States Air Force (USAF) Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation; National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award; Commendation Marin County Board of Supervisors.

NASA EXPERIENCE: During May 1989, while a flight surgeon assigned to the 48th Tactical Hospital, United Kingdom, Dr. Cagle volunteered to serve as the Air Force Medical Liaison Officer for the STS-30 Atlantis Shuttle Mission to test the Magellan Spacecraft. She was assigned to the Trans Atlantic (TAL) Landing site at Banjul, West Africa, to provide emergency rescue and evacuation of the shuttle crew should it have been required. Dr. Cagle has contributed on-going data to the Longitudinal Study on Astronaut Health, and served as a consultant for space telemedicine. She was a member of the NASA Working Group and traveled to Russia to establish international medical standards and procedures for astronauts. She also conducted health screenings of Mir-18 consultants from the Russian Federation.


June 6 2014 - Frank Castellucci Day

Petaluma Senior Center - 12pm

Come recognize 90 year old WWII veteran Frank Castellucci. Mr Castellucci recieved the Bronze Arrowhead Medal for being one of the first at the Normandy Invasion. He earned five battle stars for his heroic efforts in WWII for service in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He also ran the Assult Training School in England where he prepared troops daily for combat.

See: http://www.cityofpetaluma.net/parksnrec/pdf/senior-newsletter-july14.pdf

July 12, 2014 - "NASA KEPLER DAY in Petaluma"

Lydia's Sunflower Center, 1435 North McDowell Blvd. 7:30pm

Are we the only "Earth-like" planet in the galaxy? NASA launched the Kepler Telescope in 2009 to answer that very question. Join scientists from the Kepler program and Jim & Kathy Ocean for an out of this world presentation!

*Dr. Steve Howell, Project Scientist, Nasa Kepler Mission

*Ed Megil, Santa Rosa Junior College Planetarium

See http://kepler.nasa.gov ; www.jimoceanmusic.com

September 20, 2014 - Helen Madamba Mossman Presenation

2pm - Petaluma Public Library - 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma - Admission is free!

Come hear the story of Petaluma resident Helen Madamba Mossman. Mrs. Mossman experienced terrifying circumstances at a young age not many could imagine. During WWII, her Philippine-American family camped in jungles and slept in caves for more then two years to evade capture by the Japanese. Helen will share her inspirational story of surival as described in her book "A Letter to My Father".
See: http://www.petaluma360.com/home/2825029-181/making-peace-with-wwii-memories

November 10, 2014 - Iraq Veteran Paul Hoffman Presentation 

Petaluma High School - 11am

Paul Hoffman will share his experiences serving in the National Guard in the Iraq War. The ASB theme of the program is "Unity".

November 11, 2014 - National Guard Memorial Ceremony

8am - National Guard Armory -  Memorial unvailing.

Thanks to numerous donations from all over Sonoma County a memorial honoring three fallen National Guardsman will be established. A big thanks to Lori Carter from The Press Democrat, Emily Charrier from the Argus Courier, Sonoma County MOMS and many more!

see: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/2397349-181/petaluma-memorial-planned-for-slain

November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day! Lou Raffi Day!

 Mr. Raffi is one of the few who survived of two sunken ships by the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII. His vessel was sunk by Japanese torpedo's and the crew left stranded in the shark invested ocean. Mr. Raffi was decorated with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Medal of Heroism.  Lou Raffe will be leading the 2014 Petaluma Veterans Day Parade. Not to miss!

2015 - Mr. Takashi Tanemori Presentation - TBD

Come hear the incredible story of Takashi Tanemori who survived the bombing of Hiroshima Japan during WWII. Now an international artist, Mr. Tanemori spreads the message of peace. You will be inspired.


SAVE THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL VAN! This rolling memorial has been seen at numerous parades and veterans events around Sonoam County. It is also used to transport veterans to needed appointments. The van has fallen on hard times and is in need of repair. Don't let it be forgotten! Donations can be made to:

VVA 563, RE: Memorial Van. PO Box 951284 Petaluma, CA 94975


2014 - Korean War Memorial - Petaluma, CA.

2014 - Military Veteran Banner Program (VVA563/City of Petaluma)


Current & Prior Presentations Available on DVD! Please Call Petaluma Community Access 707-773-3190

2013 Presentations on DVD include:

*An Evening with Tony Redhouse - Grammy Nominated Native American Performer, Eagle Dance, Hoop Dance, Healing energy.

*“Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants”. A riviting presentation by Dr. Robert Kirk. Dr. Kirk's book is the first “full” written history of Pitcairn Island up to the present time. It tells of the incredible people, the tragedies and ancestral triumphs of the mutineer’s descendents.

* B17 Co-Pilot Phil Arnot Presentation, A veteran B-17 Co-Pilot of 22 missions in WWII and holder of France’s highest honor, The Legion of Honor Medal.  Renowned author Phil Arnot will share his experiences being a part of the crew in the plane that turned the tide of the war in Nazi Germany.

*Space Shuttle Astronaut - REX WALHEIM - A United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. Rex has flown three space shuttle missions, STS-110, STS-122, and STS-135 and has logged over 566 hours in space, including 36 hours and 23 minutes of spacewalk (EVA) time. He was assigned as mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-135, the final space shuttle mission.

*Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall - Opening Ceremonies : http://youtu.be/g2LaK016QSw


*"The Atomic Man" - Remembering the building of THE Bomb, secrets of the Manhattan Project. Presented by Marshall Davis/Donald Hanahan.

Mr. Hanahan, age 94, was part of the project team that isolated pure plutonium used in the construction of the Atom Bomb, being one of the elite group of scientists involved in the Manhattan project.

*Other past presentations also available on DVD: Apollo 14 Astronaut (Moonwalker) Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 9 Astronuat Rusty Schweickart, Space Shuttle Astronaut Jose Hernandez, WWII Ace Jim Morehead, Holocaust Survivors, Korean War Stories, David Morrison - NASA, Amelia Earhart Presentation, Vietnam Veterans Stories, Iraq/Afganistan Veterans...and many more!


Please email your inquires or program ideas to History.Connected@gmail.com or call 707-776-7534


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Our mission is to share, understand and learn about history from those who lived it. To learn the where, when, why and how of the most famous and intriguing stories throughout the ages. History Connection will examine the great deeds and events of history. The triumphs of human endeavor, its humiliating defeats and just about everything in between. You will come face to face in the present with stories associated with the past, exploring decisions made long ago that effect the very way we live today.

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