Oral History

Our "Voices of St. Helena" program

Our goal was to collect historical information about the people, events, and ways of living that shaped our area and the settlements that predate the town. By recording the memories of narrators with firsthand knowledge, we sought to bring our history to life for future generations of researchers, curious descendents, and others. We have collected these memories high academic standards, preserved and cared for them, and now they are accessible to you. We will use them for research, to inform and bring exhibits to life, and to help to bridge the interests and understanding of successive generations of St. Helenans.

“Voices” was developed beginning in 2005 by Historical Society intern Pat Alexander during her studies as a history major at Napa Valley College and Sonoma State University. Pat developed the program under the guidance of a Historical Society Board Internship Oversight Committee and in association with professionals in the field. In the first three years, volunteer interviewers were trained and conducted oral history interviews.

Fred Abruzzini

Fred Abruzzini

St. Helena oral history interview with legendary Beringer winemaker Fred Abruzzini, with audio and transcript.

Petite Abruzzini

2008 interview with Petite Abruzini at her home in St. Helena

Pat Alexander

Antonia (Toni) Allegra

Antonia Allegra

Interviewer: Bonnie Thoreen Date: 6/14/? and 7/15/? BONNIE THOREEN: This is Bonnie Thoreen. Im at…

Vincent & Claire Amendola

Clair and Vince Amendola

Interviewed by: Norma FerrizInterview date: November 18, 2013 Norma: Good evening, my name is Norma…

John Aquila

John Aquila

Interview Date: 8/22/2002Interviewer: Susanne Salvestrin SS:   Susanne Salvestrin JA:  John Aquila SS:  My name is…

Larry and Marsha Bettinelli

The Bettinellis

Marsha Interviewed by Mari MartinezMarch 23, 2014 MM: OK, my name is Mari Martinez and…

Guli Buchanan

Art by Guli Buchanan

St. Helena Historical Society Aug 21 – 1995 Guli Buchanan: In oil. And he discovered…

Ernie Butala & Petite Abruzzini

Ernie Butala

Interviewed by: George VierraDate of Interview: 6/2/2017 George Vierra: We are doing an oral history…

Kenneth Grant Cairns

Kenneth Grant Cairnes

Interviewer: Susanne Salvestrin Date: February and March, 2007 Susanne Salvestrin: This is Susanne Salvestrin and…

Helen Paris Christianson

Helen Christianson

Interview Date: 11:20 a.m. November 14, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena. Jan:  Welcome,…

Marilyn & Nick Coy

Marilyn and Nick Coy

Interviewed by Mari Martinez March 23, 2014 MM: It’s March 23, 2014. My name is…

Marie Del Bondio

Marie Del Bondio

Interview Date: 5-17-2006Interviewer: Susanne Salvestrin SS: Susanne Savestrin MD: Marie Del Bondio SS: This is…

Oscar Delgado

Interviewer: Maddie MartinezInterview date: May 21, ? Hello, my name is Maddie Martinez and I…

Tala DeWynter

Tala DeWynter

Interview by Sandra Nichols7/9/2007 Q: I’m pleased to welcome Tala DeWynter, whom I will be…

Mary Edano & Rose Taylor

Mary Edano and Rose Taylor

Interview Date: 7/15/2014Interviewer: Suzanne Salvestrin Suzanne Salvestrin: This is Suzanne Salvestrin, and I am pleased…

Phoebe Ellsworth

Phoebe Ellsworth

Date of interview: August 9 (Year unknown)Interviewer: Sharon Delmonico Sharon Delmonico: This is Sharon Delmonico…

Greta Ericson

Greta Erikson

Greta: My name is Greta Ericson, and I came originally to St. Helena in 1965…

Henry Escareno

Henry Escareno

Interviewer: Maddie Martinez Date: May 21, 2016 Maddie: Hello, my name is Maddie Martinez, I’m…

Rudy & Therese Frey

Rudy and Therese Frey

Interviewed by Mariam Hansen and Bonnie ThoreenDate of Interview: 2/12/2011 R=RudyT=ThereseM=MariamB = Bonnie R:  Gosh…

David & Nancy Garden

The Barn InterviewInterviewed by Mariam Hanson & Bonnie Thoreen M: So, about the barn. D:…

Joe Heitz

Joe Heitz

Date of Interview: 7/06/1983Interviewer: William Ferdinand Heintz William: Today’s date is July 6, 1983. My…

Guy Kay

Interviewer: Skip LaneDate: 11/21/? Skip Lane: This is Skip Lane speaking. I am pleased to…

Hope Lugo

Hope

Interviewed by Mari MartinezApril 24, 2014 MM:  Hello, my name is Mari Martinez and I…

Chouvarii Lyman

Interviewed by Mari MartinezInterview Date: March 23, 2014 MM: My name is Mari Martinez.  I…

Marjorie Markel

Marjorie Markel

A: Well, let’s think. Cathy, you might have some questions about Main Street or something.…

Sandra Nichols

Rudy and Therese Frey

Interviewer: Carolyn YoungerDate of Interview: 5/5/2007 Carolyn Younger: This is Carolyn Younger. I am pleased…

Chuck O’Rear

Interviewed by Julie WorthingtonInterview Date: October 17, 2013 Julie:  So this is Charles O’Rear.  No,…

Osvaldo and Ferruccia Particelli

Osvaldo Particelli

Interview with Osvaldo Particelli, Ferruccia Particelli, Ray Particelli Interviewed by Jan Bradley Date: February 10,…

Ed Paulson

Ed Paulson Oral History Interview Interview with Ed Paulson November 23, 1978 Interviewed by his…

Rafael Rodriguez

Rafael Rodriguez

Interview with Rafael Rodriguez 7-10-09 Rafael was born and educated in Mexico City. He went…

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins

Interview Date: 12/9/2004Interviewer: Patricia Alexander  Begin recording of tape number one. This is Patricia Alexander…

Joanne & John Sales

Joanne and John Sales

Interview date: October 31, 2013 at Grace Church Joanne:  Go ahead John John:  Well I…

Larry & Anette Smith

Larry and Annette Smith

Interview with Larry and Annette Smith Interviewed by Jan Bradley July 13, 2015 at Fir…

Ken Taplin

Ken Taplin

Q: 2002 and were interviewing Ken Taplin. My name is Lorin Sorenson, and Ken, lets…

John Thoreen

Interviewer: Claire Scalzo:Date of Interview: 9/12/2016 Claire Scalzo: This is Claire Scalzo. I’m pleased to…

Sloan Upton

Sloan Upton

Interviewer: Claire ScalzoInterview date: 9/26/16 Claire Scalzo: This is Claire Scalzo [ph]. I’m pleased to…

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Interviewed by Mari Martinez & Shannon Kuleto Interview Date: March 23, 2014 TW: What is…

Frank “Laurie” Wood

Laurie Wood

Interviewer: Pat Alexander Date of Interview: 1/26/2005 Pat Alexander: Begin recording of Tape #1. This…