Remembering Lynn Rudy
We lost a towering member of our community this month with the passing of Fort Ross volunteer Lynn Hay Rudy. Her historic research has been invaluable in capturing the ranch era history of Western Sonoma County and Fort Ross in particular. She’s contributed to many Fort Ross publications, and her books on the Salt Point Township are the authoritative guide to local history. It was Lynn Rudy who saw the value of the Call House during a time when Fort Ross State Historic Park was seen as a “Russian only” destination and ranch era buildings outside of the fort compound were being demolished -- Lynn decided the Call House needed to stay and through force of will alone put that building on the map. Over many years she meticulously furnished it with Call family artifacts and replicas, and then realizing she alone couldn’t keep this going indefinitely, grew and indoctrinated a dedicated band of still-active volunteers to steward the house museum. Lynn will be missed but her legacy will outlive us all.