Pixie haircuts, cars with fins and poodle skirts — it’s 1957 in Sonoma County.

In the middle of the 20th century, the population in Sonoma County was under 150,000 and the median family income was around $5,000 per year. Apples and prunes were our highest grossing agricultural crops with grapes coming in third.

At the height of the baby boom, Santa Rosa was growing rapidly to accommodate the quickly blossoming population. Hugh Codding and Henry Trione were helping to change the landscape, developing acres and acres of affordable homes in Montgomery Village.

Click through our gallery of Sonoma County in 1957 to see what has changed, and what remains the same.


What: Press Democrat’s “Women in Conversation” program featuring “The Silence Breakers” Lindsay Meyer, CEO of Batch, Inc.; Ashley Judd, actress and feminist; Adama Iwu, director of government relations for VISA and co-founder of We Said Enough.

When: Mix and mingle at 4:30 p.m. with dinner for purchase; Women in Conversation program at 6 p.m.

Where: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa

Tickets: $55, at 707-546-3600 or socowomenevents.com