Co-worker Martin Espinoza called it capturing Americana.
On Saturday I covered the 140 year anniversary of Dunham Elementary School, located out on Roblar just northwest of Petaluma. One of the great things about Sonoma County is the rural nature of our communities. Just five minutes from any town, our farming roots are clearly evident. At Dunham Elementary, I met generations of locals that graduated from the school whom decided to stay around and till the ground, passed down from great grandparents.
I don’t know if it’s Americana, but it’s pretty close to it.

Robby Tunzi, 12, a 2010 graduate of Dunham Elementary School near Petaluma, stands at attention for the national anthem during the school's 140 year celebration, Saturday Oct. 9, 2010. Tunzi's great grandfather, Alfred Tunzi, attended the school in 1902. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Fourteen year-olds, from left, 2007 Dunham Elementary School graduates Avery Taylor, Eva Phillips and Zach Cooper take a trip down memory lane as they attend the 140 year celebration of Dunham School near Petaluma, Saturday Oct. 9, 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

4H'ers wait for the Dunham Elemenatry School's 140 year celebration to begin, Saturday Oct. 9, 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

1923 Dunham Elementary School graduate Duke Iverson of Petaluma greets longtime friend Althea Torliatt, during Dunham's 140 year school celebration, Saturday Oct. 9, 2010 near Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

-Kent Porter