In one month, the historic event that brought fame to Petaluma and Sonoma County, will be celebrated with a variety of local activities. Here are some of the Wiseman commemorative events that have been scheduled, to date. (For an updated calendar of other SonomaCounty events, go to

Jan. 27 – Panel Discussion about Fred Wiseman and the first airmail flight in 1911. Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E. St. Santa Rosa, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Moderated by Lee Torliatt, Steve Lehman – Windsor Historical Society, Al Morgan – Pacific Coast Air Museum, Guy Smith – Sonoma County Historical Society, Bill Hammerman – Petaluma Historical Society, Mike Glose – Petaluma Area Pilots Association

Feb. 2 – Petaluma Historical Museum & Library – 6:00 p.m. – Special opening for their “Flight”A Tribute to Aviation exhibit. (Through April 24th, 2011)Celebrating the first airmail flight by a young adventurer, Fred Wiseman — February 17, 1911 and bringing to life the stories of airplanes, engines and human endeavor involved in aviation since that historic flight.


The Fred J. Wiseman Exhibit at the Cloverdale History Center will be open to the public on Saturday, January 29, 2011 through Thursday, March 31, 2011. The museum exhibit will chronicle the life and exploits of Wiseman within Sonoma County and beyond. Admission is free but a donation is requested. The CHS Wiseman “reception” will be held on Saturday, Feb 5, from 4-6 pm.

The Center hours are: Thursday & Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday, Noon to 4 pm. The Center is located at 215 No. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA. For information please call the History Center @ 707-894-2067 or Joaquin Espinosa @ 707-894-5653.

Feb. 11 – Sonoma County Museum – Opening Reception – 5-7 p.m. ($5.00) 425 7th Street, Santa Rosa, CA,

Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight. This Exhibit recounts the world’s first airmail flight, between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 1911.

Feb. 17 – Petaluma Regional Library – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 100 Fairgrounds Drive

11:15 – 11:45 – Wiseman talk and slides – Mike Glose, PAPA                                                                                                                                               11:45 – 12:15 – Celebration stamp, postcard and envelope display                                                                                                                      12:15 – 12:30 – Walk to Wiseman’s take off spot – 100 years ago – Kenilworth Park – now known as the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds.

Feb. 18 – Walk the first ever Airmail Flight: Retrace the path of the first airmail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa. $20 fee includes T-shirt, healthy brunch, bus ride and a heck of a lot of fun! Reserve your spot by paying $20 in advance and mailing it to the Sonoma County Historical Society, c/o Jeff Tobes, 605 Speers Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409Checks payable to the Sonoma County Historical Society

Highlights of the walk include visits to: Denman Creamery, Penngrove Power and Implement Museum, Cotati Historical Society, Windsor Historical Society, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Museum, Petaluma Airport and Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Participants may forego all or part of the walk—non walkers can meet us at the end of the walk at around 1:00 pm at 3367 Petaluma Hill Road to jump on the bus to visit the museums. $20 fee applies to walkers and non-walkers and must be paid in advance.

  • February 18, 2011 – 6:00 am
  • Meet in the parking lot next to the Petaluma Library
  • 100 Fairgrounds Drive
  • Walk begins at 6:30 am
  • Event ends around 7:10 pm at the Petaluma Library
  • Rain or Shine!

For more info eMail or call (707) 888-1670 with questions.

Feb. 19 – Two special airport ceremonies: Petaluma & Santa Rosa

11:00 – Noon – Petaluma Airport (Details to be outlined in a future blog.)                                                                                                               12:30 p.m. – Reenactment Flight take off (Weather permitting)                                                                                                                                       12:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Pacific Air Coast Museum (PCAM) hosts an Open House -Schulz Sonoma County Airport’s Redwood Hangar. (Admission fee) Details,  TBA.