Lynn Downey
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A Short History of SonomaI’m a native California writer, archivist and historian, the fifth generation of my family to live in the beautiful city of Sonoma.

After a thirty year career as an in-house archivist and historian, I’m now a historical and archival consultant. I work with museums, businesses and non-profits to create archives, curate exhibits, write books, and plan anniversaries. See the Consulting tab for more information.

I’ve been writing since childhood but didn't get paid for it until 1985, when I started publishing articles and book reviews in journals such as California History and The Public Historian, among others. I am also the author and/or editor of six books. See the Publications tab for my complete works.

My book Levi Strauss: The Extrordinary Story of the Immigrant Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in late 2016.

Right now I’m working on the next book: Breathing Room: A Family Story of Life and Lungs at the Arequipa Sanatorium. I tell the story of my grandmother’s experience in a California tuberculosis sanatorium during the Jazz Age of the late 1920s. I also talk about the institution itself, and the phenomenal doctors, artists, and social workers who gave hope and health to Bay Area women for forty-five years.

I’m a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, the California Historical Society, the Society of California Archivists, and the Arizona Historical Society. I am also a board member and former chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy in San Rafael, California.twiiter

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