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About Ben Sharpsteen
Compiled by Barbara Neelands, this collection of articles answers
many questions regarding the founder of the museum, Mr. Ben Sharpsteen.
Included you will see photographs of Ben's vision in building
the museum, as well as information about his 33 years as an Oscar
winning animator and producer for Walt Disney.
Calistoga Days A Coloring Book
& Illustrated by Joan Martens
A child's journey through early Calistoga, and the Upper Valley.
These pages tell the stories of the Wappo Indians, the pioneer
settlers, to the building of Calistoga, and more. The cover design
depicts the west side of the main street in Calistoga in 1886.
Looking for the Past in Calistoga
This book is a historical timeline and pictorial guide, beginning
in 1697 through 1939. Information of past events relating to Calistoga's
history from the Native Americans, the Wappo, (the areas original
inhabitants), to the Bear Flag Revolt, to Robert Louis Stevenson's
visit in 1880, to the establishment of Calistoga, and more.
Memoirs & Anecdotes of Early Days
I.C. Adams was born in 1874, first coming to Calistoga in May
of 1882. Although he died in 1960, his memory lives on within
these pages. Being one of the best-loved figures in Calistoga
history, he was not only a historian, but a musician, philosopher,
photographer, poet, and more. This book is both humorous and melancholy,
and is exactly what it is titled. These are his stories, his Memoirs
They Left Their Mark
They came in droves to climb Mt. St. Helena, to search for gold,
silver, and cinnabar, to shoot a wife's lover, to paint land-scapes,
to plant and harvest, and to be "in paradise". Famous
passages through the wine country, these are their stories, by
Joan Parry Dutton. Photo's and illustrations included.
The Brannan Saga
In the mid-1800's,Calistoga's founder, Sam Brannan, California's
first millionaire, and excommunicated Mormon Elder, first found
his way to what is now Calistoga. This books author, Kay Archuleta,
began her research in 1956, and it quickly became a warmly written
love affair with the "upper valley" beneath Mount St.
Helena. Photographs and illustrations are included.
The Early Upper Napa Valley
Written by Elizabeth Cyrus Wright, this is a personal account
of life in Calistoga and the upper Napa Valley during the 1800's.
Photographs and remembrances of the early families who helped
settle this area, including information of her mother, Lovina
Graves, one of the few survivors of the Donner Party.
Images of America - Calistoga
John Waters Jr. with the Sharpsteen Museum
From the road to Calistoga, to a new hometown, longtime newspaper
journalist John Waters Jr, has assembled a collection of snapshots
and photographs, with synopsis, that provide a living view into
the lives of those pioneers whose labors laid the foundation for
Napa Valley's Natives
To study Napa Valley's vanished natives, the Wappo, the Pomo,
and the Patwin, one must search out bits and pieces of information
scattered in various sources. This book is the culmination of
that information. Learn the way of life, and death, of these early
Native Americans. Although the Wappo civilization once counted in the tens of thousands, dating back as much as 7000 years, only about 500 survive today.
The Mexican Land Grants of California
An alphabetical description of Mexican land grants of the early
1800's, to the Mexican-American War of 1846, and beyond. Over
500,000 square miles of territory was granted during this time,
including Rancho Carne Humana, over 17,000 acres, located in the
upper Napa Valley, now called Calistoga. Learn the details of
these early settler's land grants, how they were gained, lost,
A Child's Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson
Here is a delightful look at 66 poems penned by the author, inspired
by his own childhood. Beautifully illustrated.
The story of Lovina Graves, an 11 year old survivor of the Donner
Party. Lovina ultimately settled in Calistoga, and became an important
part of our history.
Pioneer Life from A to Z
From Apples to Zoetrope, an alphabetical journey through pioneer
life from a child's point of view.
Stories of Young Pioneers In Their Own
Violet T. Kimball
Among the thousands of American families moving west during the
1800's, almost half were under the age of 18 years old. This book
includes excerpts from the actual diaries of some of those young
The Victorian Home
Travel as a child through this beautifully illustrated account
and pictorial of life during the Victorian era, 1837 - 1901.
The Silverado Squatters
Robert Louis Stevenson
In the summer of 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson was suffering from
a chronic respiratory illness. Due to its mild, dry climate,he
and his new wife, Fanny, found their way to Calistoga. While healing
at the Hot Springs, and at an old mining camp on top of Mt. St.
Helena, he wrote Silverado Squatters. This is his journal of what
he saw, the people he met, and how he felt during that time.
The Silverado Squatters in Pictures
Edited by David Duddles - Photography by Craig Duddles
Providing the visual setting through the lens of a camera, this
book brings to life the story of the honeymoon of Robert Louis
and Fanny Stevenson, in the Napa Valley in 1880. Now for the first
time, readers can see what this now famous writer saw when he
wrote "Silverado Squatters."
Daughters of the West
From the famous and infamous, to the unsung heroines of the old
west - cattle queens, petticoat prisoners, and dedicated schoolmarms-
they represented the feminine side of the American Frontier, bringing
a woman's touch to an otherwise uncivilized land.
of the Donner Party
Donald L. Hardesty
The opening of the California Trail in 1840 launched an episode
of emigration unparalleled in American history. Between 1840 and
1860, more than 300,000 people made the journey overland to what
is now California. The disaster of the Donner party in 1846-1847
is chronicled here, as well as the results of archaeological research
which gives a new insight into that part of history.
Roots of the Present Napa Valley 1900-1950
Here is American life, with illustrations, in the Napa Valley
during the first part of the twentieth century. A journalistic
success, this book is augmented by extensive personal interviews
with survivors from these decades. From the Calistoga Fire, to
the 1906 earthquake, the Napa Valley Railroad, Prohibition and
Napa Valley Bootleggers, the rebirth of the wine industry, you
will find it all within these pages.