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Smith: Hey kids, come find the joy of history

  • Chris Smith

There’s a treasure hunt coming to central Santa Rosa in a few weeks. Kids of all ages are welcome to join in the clue-solving, fact-finding and running about.

The one thing everybody’s likely to discover: The fun of local history.

This first History Hunt was dreamed up by Thomas Pastis, a senior at Santa Rosa High.

Thomas is the son of Stephan Pastis, creator of the jarringly original and funny “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip and “Timmy Failure” books, and Staci Pastis, an SRHS alum proud of her town.

Thomas’ idea for a treasure hunt to reveal and celebrate Santa Rosa history wowed members of the new Santa Rosa Historical Club. So it’s on.

To register, visit historicalsocietysantarosa.org or contact Staci at Stacipastis@aol.com.

Everyone meets at the Sonoma County Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Players will receive a list of 12 clues.

Their mission: Decipher the clues to identify and visit — on foot, or bicycle, or in a car — 12 nearby landmarks.

History Hunters will arrive at each location to find volunteers dressed in period costume. One will be cartoonist Pastis. To imagine how the creator of Rat, Pig, Goat, Zebra and the Crocs might dress for the occasion makes one’s head swim.

The volunteers at each location will award arriving players a “Historic Site Card.” The first contestant to collect all 12 and beat it back to the museum wins a $50 cash prize.

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