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Lauren Williams, President

Lauren Williams is a founding director of Petaluma Trolley and has been involved in the museum for 13 years. He has had 18 years of experience as a vehicular designer, 15 years in public transit and 6 years in regional and community planning. His practical, professional and mechanical experience provides guidance for community promotion, and trolley and track restoration.

lauren.williams@petalumatrolley.org

 

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  Christopher Stevick, Managing Director
Christopher Stevick is a licensed contractor with a degree in art history. He has spent 14 years on the Board of Directors of Petaluma’s preservation organization, Heritage Homes, including three terms as president. He chaired the Preservation Advisory Committee for the City of Petaluma and has been a judge for Petaluma’s outstanding preservation awards for the past 18 years. He started the Sienna Building’s storefront restoration in downtown Petaluma. He does maintenance and restorations for many of our major commercial and residential buildings. Chris designed Petaluma’s Sesquicentennial logo and put the trestle in the center of it. He has organized some 20 tours and fundraisers for Heritage Homes and the Petaluma Trolley. He has detailed numerous downtown buildings and homes with period-correct design and fine craftsmanship. He received an award for “Outstanding Professional Preservation” in 2003. In 2007, Chris received an award for Outstanding Preservation Leadership from Heritage Homes. Since 2002, he has spearheaded Petaluma’s trolley track and trestle movement, creating awareness of our unique history and its potential for preservation for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

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Paul Class, Preservationist
I am Paul Class, 76 years old and married to Esther who is 86. To some, I am a craftsman and to others perhaps an artist. My real passion in life has been the trolley tram era of 1898 to 1918, for the reason of the Victorian design of the early trams. Body shapes like a stage coach on the outside and bright brass and mahogany trim on the inside. Seating from rattan to plush moquet. Smooth running pocket doors leading into the salon and bell cords made of leather. All of this to a boy at 12, only to discover that the time machine still works and that 100% of the above is still true and running every day in Portugal.

I ran an electric trolley line in Oregon for 35 years before retirement. I have imported trolley cars from Brazil, Australia, Portugal, Canada, and England, and have built new cars from the ground up. In short, it has been more than a hobby, it has been my life. And in this line of work, it is impossible not to network and establish life long friendships. Just as no man should think to be an Island, my work has many hands together. For those who can take the time, I hope you visit us here at Ridgewood Ranch. It is the old home of Sea Biscuit, the famous race horse and also happens to be the location of tram #183, a California style car with open ends like a Cable Car. Now in our 9th year of construction, the next two years will see most of the pretty stuff added, like arched mahogany window sash, cross benches with bright brass pivots for the backs - and what trolley would be complete without a Clearestory roof?

paul.class@petalumatrolley.org



 

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Kathy Fries, Archivist
Kathy Fries has spent more than a few family vacations centered around trains: Gold country - specifically for a rail symposium in Jamestown, yearly Santa Cruz getaways which include watching the diesel on the boardwalk and a trip up to Roaring Camp & Big Trees to ride their mountain top stream train, and visiting the Sugar Pine Railroad after a stay in Yosemite. Did she mention the Skunk Train trip on her honeymoon? Kathy was thrilled when she found a new train museum in her own town.

Fries has been active in Petaluma’s history for many years. Working as Museum Coordinator at the local history museum, she became fascinated with artifacts, the stories they told, and the archiving process. She brings her archiving and museum management skills to the Petaluma Trolley Living History  Railway Museum. She is a Leadership Petaluma 02-03 graduate and has chaired their “History Day” class each year since. Fries was awarded the “Good Egg” award in 2009 for her positively promoting Petaluma’s history. She has lived in Petaluma for 21 years.

kathy.fries@petalumatrolley.org



 

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Trixy Fraser, Secretary
Trixy has been a Sonoma County resident for 34 years. For the past 21 of those years, she has lived and worked in both Petaluma and Sebastopol as a professional landscaper and artist. Her dedication to historic preservation stemmed from serving for 3 years on the Board of Directors of Heritage Homes of Petaluma, as Recording Secretary. Since 2005, she has volunteered numerous hours as Secretary for the Board of Petaluma Trolley.




 

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Melanie Dado-Stammler, Event Manager
Melanie was born and raised in Petaluma and is a 4th generation native. She, along with her husband, owns and operates an Italian cafe and a new and recycled designer and vintage clothing boutique in the heart of downtown Petaluma. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University in Kinesiology with a minor in art studies. There is no doubt that she is a people person, always striving to connect with her clients. Melanie is a jewelry designer at heart, working with hand wired sterling silver, precious gemstones and pearls and she is a mixed media artist who enjoys graphic design work. Melanie has volunteered her time as coach for Casa Grande High School JV team, the Petaluma Girls Softball Association, and still actively plays softball. She will continue to support local non-profits in their causes indefinitely. Her passion for preserving the Trolley and Trestle is simple; Petaluma has always been home to the Trolley and the great Trestle at the turning basin is a true landmark for Petaluma. They have been and should continue to be significant components of our rich, unique city.

melanie.stammler@petalumatrolley.org



 

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