Most of the best-known “historic figures” of Sonoma Valley’s past were men. But many women contributed to the Valley's rich history and became important figures in their own right.

They varied from a wealthy woman from San Francisco who made her local ranch a place of respite, to a club woman who helped establish the Sonoma Woman’s Club and Sonoma Valley Historical Society, to a well-known author of cookbooks, to a renowned sculptor. Alma Spreckels, Carrie Burlingame, MFK Fisher and Marian Breckenridge are among those featured in the new exhibit at the Depot Park Museum.

Nine striking individuals are represented in photos, documents and books they've written. Each of their stories is unique, as they carved their legacy in Sonoma Valley’s history for being bold, innovative, vibrant and fearless.

The Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s special exhibit is open through June 30.

In addition, a colorful display of old-fashioned valentines will be shown through February.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 938-1762 for further information. Admission is free.