Tag Archives: Napa Valley

Introducing Napa Valley Chronicles

July 30, 2013

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George L. Throne pear spraying crew 1911. Courtesy of Diane Dillon.

This September, History Press West looks forward to a new American Chronicles title from author Lauren Coodley: In 1905, Napa’s mayor, J.A. Fuller, announced, “Napa for half a century has been slumbering in a Rip Van Winkle sleep but she has awakened at last.” Back then, fifteen cents bought coffee and a donut at the […]

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Interview with Sherry Monahan, Author of California Vines, Wines & Pioneers

January 23, 2013

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Italian Swiss Colony warehouses. Courtesy Sherry Monahan.

This spring, the History Press will toast to the deep roots of the West’s wine heritage with a new addition to the American Palate series. In this interview with History Press West, Sherry Monahan, author of the forthcoming book California Vines, Wines & Pioneers, shares insights about her writing process and California’s wine industry. HPW: […]

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Crime, Scandal & Innocence Lost in the Napa Valley

July 20, 2012

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The 1891 wanted postcard that was sent to agencies throughout the western states by Napa County Sheriff George McKenzie. The card provided descriptions of the two as yet identified suspects: Carl Schmidt and William Roe. Courtesy of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department

From the first criminal case heard by the California Supreme Court to the state’s last public execution, Todd Shulman’s new book brings to light the significant moments in Napa Valley crime history. In this interview with History Press West, Shulman delves into true crime and previews Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley. As John Boessenecker […]

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Napa’s Criminal Vintage

July 8, 2012

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This photograph, taken at William Roe’s 1897 execution, captures the moment when William Roe dropped through the trap door. Courtesy of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department

Cold cases, murder mysteries, and western justice. This summer, The History Press teams up with Todd L. Shulman, Napa Police Detective and founder of the Napa Police Historical Society, to provide a taste of Napa Valley’s criminal vintage in Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley. As foreword author John Boessenecker notes, although the “bucolic Napa […]

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