Spirits of St. Helena Discovery Cemetery Walk

"Vive le Vin: French Winemakers at St. Helena Cemetery"

September 22, 2019

(rain or shine)

1 pm to 4 pm
Guided walks begin at 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Featuring actors from St. Helena High School Drama

St. Helena Cemetery

2461 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574

$10  (Free for SHHS members)

No RSVPs are necessary

Jean Brun - French winemaker in St. Helena

Jean Brun, one of several French and Swiss winemakers who brought their culture to St. Helena over 150 years ago.

This year marks 163 years since the first burial at St. Helena Cemetery. Our 17th annual “Spirits of St. Helena” Cemetery Tour will celebrate the listing of St. Helena Public Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places.

This year’s theme is “Vive Le Vin: French Winemakers at St. Helena Cemetery” as we tell the stories of French and Swiss French winemakers who settled here. AGAIN THIS YEAR!! In partnership with St. Helena High School Drama, our local drama students will be our actors. We are very excited to have these young thespians step into the 1800s and tell about French and Swiss French winemakers who are buried in St. Helena Cemetery.

Tours will depart from the front gate at 1:00 and 2:00 pm (rain or shine). Each tour will visit selected grave sites on the grounds. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

The entire community is encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.

“This event pays homage to the French who brought their culture to St. Helena over 150 years ago. Winemakers on our tour will include Jean Brun, Adrien Chaix, Henry Pellet, Germain Crochat, plus others who made a difference but were long forgotten.” explains Mariam Hansen, Research Director for the St. Helena Historical Society. “You will learn about life in St. Helena and the contributions of these immigrants to the development of St. Helena."

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St. Helena High drama students re-enact history in several scenes at the 2018 Cemetery Walk.
Our 2019 poster features an image of Emma Roxanne Davis, from the Money family.
Each year's Museum for Day event gives us a glimpse into a different aspect of of St. Helena history.

Museum for a Day

"Founding Families of Napa Valley"

May 18, 2019

1-4 pm

Native Sons Hall

1313 Spring Street, St. Helena

Suggested Donation: $10
(Free for SHHS Members & kids 12 and under)

This year the Bedolla, Lincoln, MacDonald, McCormick, and Money families will share their histories with us. 

Read their stories (with family photos):

In 2017, the bi-annual event honored Hispanic families who have shaped the culture and history of St. Helena. Besides the family displays, attendees were entertained by Ballet Zenoalxochiti dancers and the Gastelum Family Band.

"Gleaners" by Christine Olivo, to be auctioned at the event.

Our 3rd annual event this year was a tremendous success, thanks to our artist participants and all who attended!

Saturday, March 9, 2019    1-4 pm
The Gallery at Brasswood Estate
Tickets: $100

Original Art Auction with Devon Bell
Artisan Hors d’Oeuvres    Live Music

Brasswood & Other Local Wines

Watch for our 4th annual “History Becomes Art” fundraiser in early 2020.  It's an afternoon of wine, food, music and the opportunity to obtain art that represents the history of our community.

Artists will create 30+ works of art inspired by pieces of St. Helena History. They will donate them to be auctioned at our event.

Help us raise funds to establish a permanent home for our collection. With such a facility, the public will be able to learn about the history of our area and enjoy some of the amazing historical artifacts that have been so generously donated to us over the years.


The Historical Society often sponsors interesting and educational lectures. Previous programs have featured local Historian Jay Greene exploring how purposes of governance change because of actions resulting from major shifts in political, social, and religious ideas and beliefs. He wove a historical tapestry based on the successes and failures of the American, French, Russian Revolutions and the Spanish Civil War.

Historian and painter Lin Weber presented a talk and slideshow on several local notable women who influenced the development of Napa Valley and, sometimes, the world.

Pacific Legacy archaeologists described their findings from an extensive archaeological dig near the confluence of the Napa River and Sulphur Creek done as part of the Napa Valley Flood Control Project.

Todd Shulman, Napa detective and founder of the Napa Police Historical Society, presented “Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley,”a slide show and lecture about researching the frontier justice, lawlessness and cold cases that still haunt the Napa Valley.

One of the Pacific Legacy archaeologists captivates the audience.