Western Sonoma County Historical Society presents:

12th Annual Barbara Bull Memorial Cemetery Walk
October 10 & 11, 2014
Seating Both Nights: 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, & 7:45
$35 per person
Early Bird Special: 5:30 seating $30 per person

Advanced Tickets Only
This is a sell-out event every year.
Reserves your tickets early to get preferred date and time.

Call: 707.823.0884 or 707.823.1900 for info/tickets

Admission Includes

  • Soup & Salad Supper
  • 6 all-new historical vignettes
  • Homemade apple dessert & coffee served in the historical Burbank Farm Cottage
  • Door prizes


  • There is a lot of walking on uneven cemetery ground and stairs
  • Kids under 16 won't find much to entertain themselves (No Discount)
  • Parking at St. Stephens Church (Directions)
  • Don't forget your flashlight

All proceeds benefit Western Sonoma County Historical Society

Borba Exhibit

New exhibit opens at West County Museum

Photographer captures local history

West County Museum presents Through the Lens of William S. Borba. This exhibit tells the story of native Californian and long-time Sebastopol resident William S. “Bill” Borba (1886-1971) and his passion for photography and local history.

Borba’s parents immigrated to America from the Portuguese Azores Islands in 1873, subsequently settling in Sebastopol in 1892 with their ten children, all of whom became local businesspeople. In 1908 at age 24, Bill opened his first Stationery store, selling Victrolas, cameras and photography supplies, school and athletic supplies.

Borba pursued his love of photography and local history by photographing Sonoma County events and everyday life. In the 1910s he documented the first Gravenstein Apple Shows using glass negatives. He captured iconic Sebastopol images of the 1917 Sebastopol Carnegie Library, local soldiers off to France in 1918 and the 1923 Chamber of Commerce building. In the mid-1920s he produced photos for the Analy Union High School yearbook Azalea. Shown in this exhibit are 54 of Borba’s extraordinary photographs spanning 1900 to mid-1930s.

Borba’s enduring interest in history is told in photos as a founding member of the Sonoma County Historical Society in 1963, a life-long member of Native Sons of the Golden West, the 1930s first reconstruction of Fort Ross and many others.

Through the Lens of William S. Borba runs April to August 10, 2014.

Upcoming Events

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History of Sebastopol

From the first known inhabitants, the Miwok and Pomo Indians to today, Sebastopol's history is rich in cultural, and often high-spirited discourse. Read about the History of Sebastopol.

A Pomo woman, Cecilia Joaquin, using a seed beater to gather seeds into a burden basket.

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