As the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's “Summer of Love” approaches, a new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum examines that how era played out in the North Bay.
The North Bay was a low-key, out-of-town "incubator" for musicians from the San Francisco scene, observes Eric Stanley, curator for the History Museum of Sonoma County.
One small room at the museum is currently dedicated to artifacts and pictures from what is now the Olompali State Historic Park, north of Novato, an estate where the Grateful Dead decamped for a short time. The highlight here, says Stanley, is a series of informal portraits by photographer Herb Greene, who is known for his extensive work with the Dead and other San Francisco bands.
The Beat Goes On exhibit goes on through April 2nd. The History Museum of Sonoma County is open Tuesdays through Sundays at 425 7th street in downtown Santa Rosa.
Legendary poster artist Stanley Mouse, long a Sonoma County resident, consulted with Stanley in the preparation of the museum's exhibit. Mouse was also profiled in a 2010 North Bay Report feature, which you can hear from our archives.