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

I've been writing since childhood but didn't get paid for it until 1985, when I started publishing articles and book reviews in California History, Sportswear International, and The Public Historian, among others. I am also the author and/or editor of five books: Fired By Ideals: Arequipa Pottery and the Arts & Crafts Movement, Catalina Tile of the Magic Isle, California Tile: The Golden Era, 1910-1940, and Images of America: Levi Strauss & Co. I'm also the Historian for Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco.

I've given lectures about history at venues such as the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona; Central St. Martins College in London; the California Historical Society in San Francisco; the University of Erlangen in Germany and the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.

My book, Wickenburg: Images of America was published by Arcadia Publishing in January, 2012 and the University of Nevada Press will publish my latest work, A Short History of Sonoma in the fall of 2012.

I am a board member and former chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy in San Rafael, California.

And last but not least, I also grow Pinot Noir wine grapes in my small vineyard, and make a couple of cases of wine every year under the label Luna women writing the west logoSonoma.

I am a member of Women Writing the West, the Western Writers of America, the California Historical Society, the Arizona Historical Society, and the Society of California Archivists.

©2012 Lynn Downey
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