Keller McDonald received the award for the 2014 Citizen of the Year. McDonald is the Superintendent of the High School District. Business of the Year is the local Baskin-Robbins ice cream store, for contributions to school fundraising.
The Service to Seniors award was given to Ariella Macii; Volunteer of the Year is Sylvia Forrest; Outstanding Public Service was awarded to Andrea Hagan Schmidt; the Environmental Consciousness award went to Green Janitor Service; the Service to Youth award went to soccer coach Greg Fitch; Humanitarian of the Year is Rich Cundall.
The award for Beautification of a Visible Site went to the Barlow; the Business Spark Plug award went to the CORE Project; the Contribution to the Arts award went to Main Stage West; Volunteer Firefighter of the year was Jack Piccinini; Police Employee of the Year is Dispatcher Tracy Peters; and the Spirit of Sebastopol award was given to Denice Cull. A special Wow! award went to Teresa Ramondo.
The rich history of Sebastopol and West County are captured in a collection of nearly 7,000 images held by the West County Museum and now made available through Sonoma County Library's Sonoma Heritage Collections (http://bit.ly/19uKFKx). With the the launch of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society Collection, WSCHS members, the community, students and historians can explore the Museum's collection beyond its walls.
This project is the culmination of five years of dedicated efforts by volunteers Sally Morrison, Mary Dodgion, Rae Swanson, Evelyn McClure, John Fore, and Tim Webster. Geoffrey Skinner, cataloger for the Sonoma County Library, translated information from the Museum's cataloging platform, PastPerfect, to create the new Heritage Collection on the Library's website.
Among the many historical images from Sebastopol and western Sonoma County, Luther Burbank and his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad, and the local apple industry get a lot of space, but visitors can also find hundreds of portraits, extensive architectural images (including those from Evelyn McClure's Sebastopol, California: History, Homes and People, 1855-1920) and snapshots of daily life in the area, dating back to the 1870s. Many images (except for portraits) are paired with a Google Street View image for a then & now experience; multiple photographs of some houses and other building can provide a different view of changes over time.
Visitors to the collection can discover images in a variety of ways -- through using descriptive terms provided for each image or by browsing the entire collection by dates, names, street address, photographers and more. Because the Sonoma Heritage Collections includes many related images in other collections, users may search across the entire site to discover additional useful and interesting images. The site also allows users to download copies of images for personal use.
Finally, visitors may leave comments -- especially encouraged for unidentified subjects or errors.
Keep your eyes on this collection as we digitize additonal images donated to the Museum. Enjoy