Celebrating Nagasawa in Fountaingrove

Paradise Ridge Winery

September 11, 2016

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa, CA, 95403

The History Museum of Sonoma County and Paradise Ridge Winery will host a grand opening fundraiser featuring the new Nagasawa Historical Exhibit at Paradise Ridge Winery. The highlight of the event will be a conversation between columnist and historian Gaye LeBaron and Amy Mori, the grandniece of Kanaye Nagasawa, who lived with him at Fountaingrove. The museum & winery have collaborated on an exhibition about the life of Kayane Nagasawa & the history of Fountaingrove. Known as the Japanese Baron to locals, Nagasawa was a winemaker and business man in Sonoma County at the turn of the last century. As the youngest of a group later known as the "Kagoshima Fifteen," Nagasawa was a Japanese samurai who was secretly sent abroad to study western culture in the 1860s. He was also one of the first Japanese immigrants in America and an important member of the Japanese American community. The event will feature appetizers provided by Worth our Weight, a silent auction, and a once in a lifetime conversation between Gaye and Amy. Tickets are $45 or $35 for Museum Members & Paradise Ridge Wine Club Members. A cash bar will feature artisan Paradise Ridge wines. All wine sales and proceeds will support the exhibition and education programs in the History Museum of Sonoma County. Museums of Sonoma County is a nonprofit organization serving the people of California’s North Bay Area. It provides school tours and history programs for more than 3,000 school age youth each year. It is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.


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