El Día de los Muertos - A Celebration of Life Exhibit and Event

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1 . Volume 26, Issue 11 Serving Our Community to Preserve and Share Local History NOVEMBER, 2014 El Día de los Muertos - A Celebration of Life Exhibit and Event by Holly Hoods, Curator The Healdsburg Museum is proud to host our fourth annual El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit, a special installation created and presented by students from Healdsburg High School. Colorful altars honoring the dead will be prepared by members of MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization) and Spanish Club students along with Day of the Dead-themed art and ceramics created by the school s art students. Bilingual audio tours recorded by the students that describe their displays in more detail will also be available. This special exhibit will be on display from November 1 to 9. El Día de los Muertos will be sharing the Museum s gallery space with the If the Plaza Could Speak exhibit. This exhibit showcases the life and times of the Plaza through historical photographs, stories and artifacts from the Museum collection along with a not to be missed handcrafted scale replica of the Plaza in This year s celebration of El Día de los Muertos will be augmented with a fundraising event for future Latino community outreach programs. On Saturday, November 8, we will sponsor El Día de los Muertos - A Celebration of Life, an evening of delicious food and wonderful entertainment. To be held at St. John s Activity Center, the evening will (cont d on page 4) November, El Día de los Muertos Opening Reception, 5:30 pm 5 HMVA Meeting, 9:30 am 8 El Día de los Muertos Fundraising Dinner, St. John s Activity Center, 5:30 pm Museum Closed for New Exhibit Installation 18 Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, 28 All Aboard for Toyland Exhibit Open House, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Calendar December, HMVA Meeting, 9:30 am 6 Napa-Sonoma Junior League Holiday Homes Tour in Healdsburg, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 16 Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, 25 Museum Closed Healdsburg Museum 221 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA Telephone Fax Museum Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday Sunday CLOSED MONDAY and TUESDAY Research Center open by appointment Thursday Saturday

2 History Matters by Holly Hoods, Curator Autumn is the season when we tend to see more youth participation at the Museum, which we welcome. In recent weeks, we have hosted several second and third grade school tour groups from the Healdsburg Charter School and Alexander Valley School. The teachers had obviously prepared the students well for their trip to the Museum to see If the Plaza Could Speak... Museum volunteer Phyllis Chiosso Liu and I were impressed with the students intelligent questions, enthusiastic participation and courteous behavior during their tours with us. We encouraged them to bring their families back to the Museum and show them what they had learned. The teachers rounded out the experience by having the students write thank-you letters telling us what they particularly liked at the Museum. We are also offering a new, free educational outreach program about native Pomo culture to the local third grade classes. Taught by retired teachers and Museum volunteers Phyllis Chiosso Liu and Carol Adams, the lessons will include hands-on learning and interactive experiences. Flyers announcing this enrichment program have just been mailed to the teachers. Healdsburg High School student Gavin Gillies has been creating a short documentary film about If the Plaza Could Speak for his digital media class. In addition to interviewing me and filming the exhibit, Gavin also recorded footage of the Plaza as it is today to add to our archive. Healdsburg High School students Bishwo Purkuti and Vicente Ochoa have been earning community service credits for graduation by photographing buildings and sites of Healdsburg today to add to the Museum s photographic record of Then and Now. We appreciate the valuable assistance from all three students. The Research Library has been the center of other diverse projects this month. Assistant Curator Whitney Hopkins has been delving into the history of the Alliance (Alianza) Clinic. Mary Ann Hadley and two students from Rio Lindo Academy sought my assistance to locate several significant local Seventh- Day Adventist historic sites, including the homes of church founder/prophetess Ellen G. White. Steven Sachs, a new Museum member and part-time Geyserville resident, has been devouring historical newspaper articles to learn more about his Goldstein ancestors who were part of Healdsburg s pioneer 2 Jewish business community before moving to San Francisco in We continue to discover and learn interesting new local history every day! President s Cornerby Stan Becker, Board President Contributions to the newspaper digitization project continue to arrive. Support for this project has been amazing - $17,000 to date! Our online donations have included contributions from Texas, Colorado, Montana and New Zealand. While we still have a long way to reach our $40,000 goal, we appreciate the response we have received to date. Please contact the Museum ( ) directly or go to our website (www.healdsburgmuseum.org) for additional information or to make a donation. The first group of newspapers will be available online next spring at The repair and restoration of the Sotoyome Market painting has been completed and will be reinstalled in the museum shortly. I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has donated to this historically important project. I also appreciate the extra effort of Jon Lacaillade, Anna Darden and our curator, Holly Hoods. Save the Date! Holiday Open House All Aboard for Toyland Exhibit November 28 4 pm to 7 pm HMVA News by Ann Howard It s good to be back in California and with our Museum community! The If the Plaza Could Speak exhibit is outstanding with the amazing detailed work of Jon Lacaillade and Maggie Bates! During my Saturday morning receptionist duty I spoke with visitors from out of state and local folks who brought family from out of town. Our 45 dedicated receptionists are the ambassadors of our museum. Behind the scenes, the energy, expertise, and enthusiasm of our dedicated research staff, along with the collection resources and

3 access to thousands of photographs online, are outstanding. Anyone can search the photographs at home late at night! Brainstorming and serendipitous results abound in the Research Room! Holly quickly pulled out 4 large ledgers and 2 maps, then sat down to the computer to quickly answer a major question I couldn t solve; 18 years of experience and Holly s memory is its own database. I hope you ll join us for the two upcoming Dia de los Muertos events. They are described on the front page of this newsletter. Jeanne Hartlaub is organizing a wonderful evening at St. John s Activity Center on Saturday, November 8. She has planned a colorful event with music, dancers and a delicious dinner prepared by Octavio and Pedro Diaz. Jeanne still needs additional volunteers and silent auction items to help make this a grand success. Please contact her ( ) if you can lend a hand. Get your tickets at the Museum by November 4. See you there! The All Aboard for Toyland exhibit will open on November 28. We need your toys and stories that date before We also need help with our annual cleaning on November 12. Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers! Please contact me if you have comments, concerns, great new ideas anything that will add to our growing success. Wishes and Wants by Jane Bonham We ve been working on a project for the past several months that is nearing completion and I m so excited to tell you about it. Have you ever intended to visit the Museum for an exhibit that sounded interesting, but had not been able to get in before it was gone? If you are a Museum receptionist, have you had to console a visitor who came in for an exhibit that was no longer up? Or have you thought that a particular exhibit was so well done that it was a shame not to be able to save it somehow? I think we ve all experienced this or something akin to it; and there have been conversations from time to time about creating some audio-visual memory of exhibits. Well, we ve done it! I have been having so much fun with this project, I can hardly wait for you to see it. Healdsburg Museum s first virtual exhibit preserves our Sonoma County utopian communities of the late 19 th century exhibit, Visionaries, 3 Believers, Seekers and Schemers. When completed, it will be posted on the Museum website in a page of menu items. By clicking on the menu, the visitor will be able to select from one of a dozen options, each a two or three minute video. One piece is a walkthrough with the curator s welcome. Each of the four utopian communities has two or three short features. A behind the scenes piece that thanks our viewers for visiting will round out this online exhibit experience. What you will see and hear in each segment is a combination of the original audio tour narrated by Elizabeth Holmes and photos of the actual exhibit with lots of close-ups. There are also some photos and visual pieces that work in concert with the sound track and include additional content. In researching the supplemental content for this project, I made a very special friend along the way. Susie Henzie is a loom and spinning wheel collector/textile historian who lives in California. She graciously allowed us to use a photograph of a beautiful loom from the 1800s. It is used in one of the Altruria segments and I know that it would have been appreciated by the members of that community for the craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty incorporated in its functional, solid design. In the meantime, you might also enjoy an article about Susie at Thank You to Our Newspaper Digitization Donors Dr. David Andersen Jim Brush Diane Carriger Chanslor Wildlife Doris Clark Cooley A. Crawford Cathy Dempsey Durgin Properties Thelia Eagan Carol Eber Toni Hopkins Whitney Hopkins Patricia Nelson North Bay Association of Realtors Raymond Peterson Glenn Proctor Marty Silge Warren Watkins

4 Historic Preservation Awards By Fran Schierenbeck Each year, the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society seeks to acknowledge local efforts to preserve Healdsburg s architectural heritage by presenting Historic Preservation Awards. Historic preservation isn t easy; it takes time, money and commitment. That s why we think it s important to recognize those individuals and businesses who enrich our community by carefully renovating or maintaining our community s historic buildings. Nominate your favorite restored house or commercial building or recognize someone for lifetime maintenance/preservation of a historic building. The committee will choose one or more deserving structures and present the award at our Annual Meeting in January, Nominations are due at the Museum by December 7. You can send your nominations to me or Holly Hoods Thank You to Our Donors Ken Hill Ron Kane Lou Preston Preston Farm Madeline Wallace Save the Date! Napa-Sonoma Junior League Holiday Homes Tour in Healdsburg Saturday, December 6 11 am to 4 pm El Día de los Muertos (cont d from page 1) begin with a no host bar reception and silent auction. A remembrance table/altar will be set up for small framed photos of deceased loved ones in keeping with Día de Los Muertos tradition. Dinner, prepared by Octavio Diaz of Agavé Restaurant and Pedro Diaz of El Farolito Restaurant, will feature Oaxacan duet moles. The entertainment following dinner will include several musical selections from vocalist Valeria Gomez and traditional Mexican dances performed by the GNTA Balletfolklorico Quinto Sol. It promises to be a full evening of delicious food, fabulous entertainment and fun! Tickets are $40 per person; $20 age 12 and under. They must be purchased by November 4. Call the Healdsburg Museum ( ) or Jeanne Hartlaub ( ) to place your order. Seating is limited. Contributions in Memory of: Barbara Baxter from Pamela Vana-Paxhia Mary Brandt Joyce Mortensen Jerry & Mary Lou Eddinger Johanna & Ed Vanoni Peter Leary & Holly Hoods Joanne Simington Stan & Blanche Becker Dane & Margaret Petersen Beverly Ziganti Nancy Cook Drs. Ellie & Rick Wattles Dino Ferreri from Alma, Shirley & Rick Buchignani Fidele Saccomano from Shirley, Alma& Rick Buchignani Marge Puccioni from Antoninette Sousa Joel & Harlene Wright Ernest Frandsen Contributions in Memory of: June Smith from Pamela Vana-Paxhia Mary Brandt Joyce Mortensen Child Jerry & Mary Lou Eddinger Peter Leary & Holly Hoods Mel & Geri Amato, Endowment Fund Adele Mortensen Beverly Ziganti Chris and Phyllis Baldenhofer John Bippart, Newspaper Digitization Project Ruth Watson from Patricia Carroll Marilyn Haywood Gary & Janice Albee John & Diane Carriger Leah Andrews Terry and Elizabeth Rhyan Gerald & Christine Nola Nancy Leach Muller from Joan & Bob Clark 4

5 Minnesota Memories by Whitney Hopkins Many people have asked me about my experience at the American Association for State and Local History s (AASLH) Annual Meeting. It was a success! I applied for, and received, a Small Museums Scholarship, which covered the cost of my registration for the conference. Each year it is held in a different city and this year the conference was held in St. Paul, Minnesota. AASLH is a national leader for history and history organizations with 6,000+ institutional and individual members. I had the opportunity to attend a variety of informative sessions given by history museum professionals from across the country on topics which included how to assess the impact of your museum on visitors, the role of a museum s board, engaging the public via crowdsourced online projects, using audience research to shape the visitor experience, interpreting the history of your town using signage, QR codes and podcasts, utilizing volunteers for preservation projects and ethical issues in museum collections. Many of these sessions had standing room only due to high attendance at the conference which included over 1,000 attendees from 50 states and several provinces. I enjoyed hearing what other museums and historical societies are doing and identified some good ideas for the Healdsburg Museum to consider in the future. It was also nice to be reminded that many museums face similar challenges. In addition to the sessions, there was also an Exhibit Hall where a number of vendors marketed their businesses to history museum professionals. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to speak with Brian Gomez, the Vice President of Operations from PastPerfect, the museum software we use here, and to give suggestions for improvement. I was pleased to hear that software updates are already in the works. Typically at the AASLH meeting, the host city highlights its own history museums by holding several evening receptions in selected museums. The two featured museums were the Mill City Museum and the Minnesota History Center. The Mill City Museum is built in the ruins of the Washburn A. Mill on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis, and tells the history of milling. A highlight there was my visit to the Baking Lab to learn about the test kitchens from Betty Crocker herself. The next night at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, the state s history museum, the highlight was going behind the scenes to tour the museum s collections storage area. I was so impressed with the amount of space and quality of their facility. In 2008, Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a 3/8 cents sales tax to support outdoor heritage, clean waters, sustainable drinking water, parks and trails, arts, history and cultural heritage projects and activities. A significant share (19.75%) of the new revenue generated by the tax is dedicated to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The state s strong funding commitment for Minnesota s history museums is clearly apparent at the two museums I visited. An additional highlight was the Small Museums luncheon which was also covered by my Small Museums Scholarship. It enabled me to meet and interact with a variety of small history museums staff and directors from regions as diverse as Vermont, Michigan and Texas. My mind filled with ideas, and the memory of the beautiful Minnesota scenery, I am back at the Healdsburg Museum energized and looking forward to contributing. Board of Directors: Stan Becker (President), Ted Calvert (Past President), Jim Brush (Vice-President), Phyllis Chiosso Liu (Recording Secretary), Phil Hartlaub (Treasurer), Barry Stallard (Assistant. Treasurer), Rawleigh Fjeld, Louise Fowler, Sally Freelen, Lockie Gillies, Ann Howard, Jeanne Leal-Hartlaub, Kent Mitchell, Larry Orr, Ken Spadoni (Directors) The mission of the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society is to record the history of the Healdsburg area through the collection and preservation of historical materials; to actively foster the appreciation of local history of the Healdsburg area through educational programs, activities and historical research; and to provide finances for, and to support, operate and manage the Healdsburg Museum, Edwin Langhart, Founder. Membership Dues: Centennial Circle: $1000 Patron: $500 Sponsor: $250 Gold: $100 Business Premier: $500 Business: $100 Family (2 or more): $50 Individual: $30 Educator: $25 Student: $15 Newsletter Editor: Pamela Vana-Paxhia, Printing: Amoruso 5

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