News at Sturgeon's Mill


The 2016 Public Demonstration dates have been announced!

The demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

  • April 30 - May 1
  • June 18 - 19
  • September 17 - 18
  • October 15 - 16

January 18, 2015

Board President Stepping Down

At the January 2015 Board of Directors meeting the following new officers of the Board were elected - President, Tom Schaeffer, great grandson of Wade Sturgeon, the original founder of Sturgeon's Mill; and Vice President, Wes Brubacher, a member of the Board. Essie Doty, granddaughter of Wade Sturgeon, was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Long-time Board President Harvey Henningsen, in stepping down from the Presidency, cited the length of time he had been President as "enough". He voiced the need to "get some new blood" into the leadership but requested that he be allowed to continue to lead the overall education effort, for which he has accepted responsibility since its inception several years ago. His request was granted with a hearty thank you from the Board members present.

Other members of the Board affirmed to continue as members include Matt Bardella, Harvey Henningsen, Jay Meyer, Bonnie Sallee, Mark Sell and Bob Sturgeon.


The 2015 Public Demonstration dates have been announced!

The demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

  • May 16 - 17
  • June 20 - 21
  • September 19 - 20
  • October 10 - 11

Events are also posted on our Events Calendar. If you are a Google Calendar user, you can subscribe to the Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Project calendar and receive email reminders 5 days ahead of event time!


We will soon be opening the General Store online!

Sturgeon's Mill T-Shirts, Caps, Suspenders, Documentary DVDs and more, will be available for purchase. Our website developer, Sonoma County Web, is in the process of setting-up the ecommerce system and it will be ready to roll shortly, so please be sure and visit us again soon!


A Special Ceremony to honor Sturgeon's Mill for their efforts on June 18th!

Hope you will join us on June 18th, 2011 as Sturgeons Mill will be honored by the Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor #183 with a placque dedicating Sturgeons Mill and their volunteers for their historic commitment to California's lumber history. "A link to the past with an eye toward the future". Ceremony to begin @ 11:45


Volunteers needed to assist with Spring clean-up work in our gardens

It is almost May and hopefully the rains will stop and the garden area will dry out enough so we can get out and start working. Volunteers are needed to help with planting, pruning, pulling ivy, and general upkeep. We will keep the same schedule as last year... Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am to ? If you find you have extra plants in your garden that you are removing, perhaps we can use tham to replace some of our losses. Hoping for interested folks to come starting May 4.
Thank you!

Sturgeon's Mill to air on Huell Howser's California's Gold show!


Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 pm. on Comcast channel #17 K.C.S.M. San Mateo & again at 1:30am the next morning on the 23rd.
The episode is also being made available as a download on iTunes. For more information, please visit: CalGold

Time still remains to help us meet the Challenge Grant!


We have received many generous donations toward meeting the Challenge Grant issued by a supporter at Lisa Pierce's film debut. There are 12 days and counting for us to raise additional funds via your kind and generous donations, which will be matched by the issuer of the Challenge Grant. Help the "Dream Live On" at our Historic Working Museum - please consider a donation.

Lisa Pierce's film "New Life at Sturgeon's Mill" receives rave reviews!


On Saturday, February 5th, the world premiere of Lisa Pierce's new film "New Life at Sturgeon's Mill" was shown to a standing room only crowd of historians, steam aficionados and supporters of the Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Project. The video, two years in the making, traces the history of the Mill's 99 years of existence from 1912 to 2011.

Many "Friends of Sturgeon's Mill" were there to show their support of the project. One of our Friends and his wife have offered a $5,000 "challenge grant" which expires on March 15, 2011. Any donation made to the Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Project before this date will be matched dollar for dollar up to the $5,000 limit.

Many of you have supported our working museum in the past with your donations. If you were planning to donate this year now would be an excellent time to send in your donation, or you can make a PayPal donation (PayPal account not required) at the bottom of our home page or on our Friends of Sturgeons Mill page .

Please help us in our goals to complete our visitor information center, repair and rehabilitate old and broken equipment and pay off the mortgage on the purchase of Wade Sturgeon's historic "Woodland Gardens."

Thank you for your financial support to help the "Dream Live On" at our Historic Working Museum.

"Timber! Sonoma County Logging" at West Sonoma County Historical Society


A film by Lisa Pierce

Hello Friends,

We are excited about the world premiere showing of Lisa Pierce's film on the history & restoration of Sturgeon's Mill that was 2 years in the making. The Western Sonoma Co. Historical Society is opening a new exhibit "Logging & Sawmilling in So. Co. on Sat. Feb. 5th. at 1pm at their museum in the old Sebastopol train station across from the Post Office on main st. Sebastopol. At 3:30 we will be walking across the street to the Sebastopol Veteran's Memorial building to première Lisa's Video. The exhibit, the movie & the popcorn are free. Please join us in celebrating the rich history of Western Sonoma Co.

See you there,

Harvey Henningsen

Airdates for "California's Gold: STURGEON'S MILL" have been announced!

The program will air in the following markets.

  • PBS SoCal (Los Angeles/Southern California) Thurs. February 3 at 8:00 PM
  • KVIE (Sacramento) Thurs. February 3 at 8:00 PM Tues. February 22 at 7:00 PM
  • KIXE (Redding) Tues. February 8 at 7:30 PM
  • KVPT (Fresno) Thurs. February 3 at 8:00 PM
  • KVCR (San Bernardino) Thurs. February 3 at 8:00 PM
  • KPBS (San Diego) Thurs. February 3 at 8:00 PM

2011 Schedule is here!


The 2011 Public Demonstration Schedule is now available on our Event Calendar or at the bottom of our Home Page. Be sure and plan ahead!

Passing of a good friend...


Mr. Lee Rasmussen

We are sad to report that Sturgeon's Mill has lost a good friend, Lee Rasmussen. Lee passed away on September 2, 2010. He was 68 years old.

Huell Howser of "California's Gold" visits Sturgeon's Mill!


Huell Howser, seen in pictures below with Bob Sturgeon and Harvey Henningsen, produces the PBS series “California’s Gold,” and was on hand during our father's day demonstration run. He and his crew documented the restoration progress the mill. See the article written in the Sonoma West times news by clicking the link below.

Bob Sturgeon Huell Howser Harvey Henningsen

Huell Howser visits Sturgeon's Mill in Sebastopol

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Thank you!
For successful season.

A hearty thank you to all who visited the Mill during one of our steam-ups this past year!! We, the members of the "crew", look forward to these “productive” weekends when we see you, who enjoy steam-powered machinery in operation, come and enjoy the fruits of our labor of the year. We each have our reasons for enjoying this Restoration Project and they all come together when we get together on these great weekends.

The only thing we ask of you is to support this Restoration Project when and however you can and to pass on to your friends the information about this Mill and your enjoyment in observing its operation.

We are located at:

Sturgeon's Mill
2150 Green Hill Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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