Morningstar Commune, (Morning Star Ranch, The Digger Farm),
was an active open land counterculture commune in (Occidental) Sebastopol
near San Francisco. Morningstar was part of the historical changing society
of young adults in the 1960's that traveled back and forth between the
Haight-Ashbury and Sebastopol.
Lou Gottlieb After a brief stint reviewing concerts for the "San Francisco Chronicle," moved to Morning Star Ranch , his 30-acre ranch in Sonoma County, in 1966. Many people will remember fondly "The Digger Farm," as it came to be called, Lou coined acronym LATWIDNO (Land Access To Which Is Denied No One) for everyone coming to the Ranch. The Ranch was in existence for a very short time but many of those traveling through the Haight traveled to the Ranch. We have documented its story at the links provided below and the impact Lou had as the "resident piano player," as he referred to himself. Gottlieb attempted to leave the land he owned to God. A series of court appeals culminated in the 9th district court ruling that he could not. The ruling centered around the fact that if God was named owner on a quit claim deed, there would be no recourse for the collection of property taxes. The finding, therefore, was that God has no property rights in the state of California.
This Morningstar Commune frightened Ronald Reagan then
Governor of California and he vowed to remove it from the face of the earth.
Ramon Sender Baryon's meticulous undertaking to document the history of the Free Land movement through reminiscences and painstakingly edited oral history interviews.
Pam Hanna's vivid personal recounting of both the California and New Mexico branches of Morningstar. Part I (California). Part II (New Mexico) and Part III (New Mexico). ( See Rainbow Gathering )
These flower children on these external links below are not the painted portraits of "Flower Children" we see on television. These human beings are the ones that fought hard for human dignity and were pushed hard by the law.
Thanks also to Eric Noble's San Francisco Diggers website who created space for several newsletters and the "Home Free Home" book (See below). I've linked this page to his sites when you click on the appropriate title and many thanks for the technical help from David Hatch.
We are always searching for photos of both ranches, so please let me know if you have any in your memorabilia!
Thanks to Elph and those responsible for the Intentional Community website for hosting this website for the past five years. The Most Newsletter has now moved to laurelrose.com (which is hosted by Tomas who is a Morningstar alumni).
Ramon Senderis the originator of the MOrningSTar POSTS (Morningstar Newsletter) and is responsible for maintaining a dialog with everyone until the onset of the web when his job became a lot easier and a lot more complicated in a few short years.
Use the search engine below to find the name of a friend in six different web sites.
MOSTposts functions basically as a list for folks who lived on two communal ranches, Morningstar and Wheeler's, and for this reason we keep it as a moderated list.
Feedback, comments, photos and queries can also be sent to: 2006morningstar at laurelrose dot com and the information will be sent to Yahoo Groups MOST POSTS Newsletter:
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Click here to see a few of the alumni then come back here.
This is a list of all published issues of the MOST Newsletter
to date -- last updated January 2004
Click each link for stories about the Commune.
Plans to sell Morningstar Ranch
"Home Free Home," a 24-chapter Morning Star & Wheeler Ranch history
Old Newspaper Articles & Photos Scrapebook
second Manifesto was put together at the Ahimsa Ranch commune in 1971.
It was a collaborative effort, and evokes the warmth and love of the community very well. Enjoy!
Olde Daze photos from Wheeler Ranch in the late Sixties/early Seventies
Hundreds of black-and-white shots conveniently arranged by topic byChar~*
thanks so much for your Web expertise/ongoing assist!
Ramon Sender Website
By Ramon Sender
Barayón's and Judith Levy-Sender's Art and Writing
By Ramon Sender
Chronicles" by Pam Hanna Read
Pam Read's Experiences at Morningstar California
Pam Read's Experiences at Morningstar New Mexico
The Next Morning Star New Mexico Installment
The Digger Forum is a good place for all of us to meet and say hello.
Morningstar Commune Wikipedia
If you have written your Morningstar
/Wheelers Ranch biography to a blog or website
let us know and we will post a link to it here.
Morningstar imformation can be gleaned at these web sites and archives:
Feedback, comments, photos and queries can also be sent
Place "2006 Morningstar" in the subject line or it will be included as junk mail and may not be seen; the information will be sent to Yahoo Groups MOST POSTS Newsletter:
If you send us a photo to us it will be placed into the
Newspaper Articles & Photos Scrapebook
Comment Blog2006morningstar at laurelrose
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