The Review
October-November 2021
From "Diggers Bend to River Rock: Dry Creek Rancheria People and History" is now open!

The exhibit will be on display at the Healdsburg Museum for the next 8 months, including the holidays.
Dry Creek Rancheria (DCR) is a place, a California Native people, and a wealth of stories about both. The place is located in inland northern Sonoma County. The Native people are both Dry Creek Pomo and Western Wappo. The stories begin in the long ago time when Animals were People and continue up to today. They are narratives of beauty, tragedy, family, creativity, resistance, and survival: the mundane and the remarkable.

Our guest Curator, Dry Creek Pomo historian and basket expert, Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Ph.D., (pictured above) has arranged for the loan of baskets woven by DCR makers to the Healdsburg Museum. Private basket collectors, Tribal families, and UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have loaned these pieces, many of which were woven around 1900. They were made for sale, and thus designed to appeal to non-Native buyers. DCR weavers of the time developed a particular regional style that incorporated a variety of multi-hued, sparkling glass beads and richly colored bird feathers. Even in small numbers, historic baskets created by DCR weavers have very rarely been exhibited as a body, making this the first time that Sonoma County community members will be able to see and admire a significant body of these local art treasures.

We welcome this opportunity to partner with the tribe for the first time on an exhibit. The Healdsburg Museum is located within the ancestral homelands of the Pomo/Wappo people who comprise Dry Creek Rancheria. We look forward to building relationships, learning from the past and creating new memories together.
Upcoming Exhibit Events

We have a number of exciting upcoming events scheduled in support of our exhibit, "From Diggers Bend to River Rock: Dry Creek Rancheria People and History." We are able to offer enhanced programming because of our generous grant partners: Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, Healdsburg Tourism Improvement District (HTID), Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Merritt and Pamela Sher family.

Museum Members' Evening Event
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Guest Curator and Dry Creek Rancheria member, Sherrie Smith-Ferri, will introduce her new exhibit, "From Diggers Bend to River Rock: Dry Creek Rancheria People & History." Sherrie will present the scope and background of the exhibit, highlighting key elements. She will take questions afterwards.

Please wear a mask to this free indoor event. We ask that you do not attend this event if you have any COVID-like symptoms. No food or drink will be served.

A Virtual Celebration of Oaks and Acorns
Saturday October 30, 2021, 2:00- 3:30 pm

2:00– Slide Lecture, “Oaks: A Hub of Biodiversity,” by Kate Marianchild, author
of the best-selling Secrets of the Oak Woodlands.

California’s oak woodlands support more life than any other type of terrestrial ecosystem in the state. Kate Marianchild will discuss some of the countless organisms that depend on oaks, from caterpillars and lizards to woodrats, wood ducks, and bears. She’ll talk about mycorrhizal fungi and scrub-jays, both of which are beneficially symbiotic with oaks, and other species, such as oak mistletoe and acorn woodpeckers, that give little to the oaks that feed them but “pay it forward” by supporting numerous other oak woodland animals.
2:45– Illustrated Talk, “Acorns: Telling Good Nuts From Bad Nuts,” by Sherrie
Smith-Ferri (Dry Creek Pomo), exhibit Curator.

Many people know that acorns were a major food source for many California Indian peoples and that, given acorns' high tannin content, it takes a lengthy preparation process to make them edible. However, few people understand the seemingly simple point where this process begins, harvesting acorns. Come and hear from Dry Creek Pomo elder Sherrie Smith-Ferri on what makes good nuts good and bad nuts bad.
Presented online via Zoom.
Click HERE to register. Spots are limited.
In-Gallery Basketmaking Demonstration
Friday November 12, 2021, 12:00-3:00pm
Enjoy watching Dry Creek Rancheria weaver Clint McKay at work.

Click HERE for full list of events.
Training for Volunteer Gallery Receptionists:
Friday October 22 10:00 - 11 am
Healdsburg Museum gallery.
New Volunteers welcome!
A Silver Anniversary
Holly in the Museum garden wearing her new necklace,
made by Lucy and Clint McKay, September 2021.
August 1, 2021 was Executive Director/ Curator, Holly Hoods' 25th anniversary at the Healdsburg Museum. Holly's enthusiastic spirit and love for history has inspired so many. Her hard work and dedication to the Museum have propelled our organization into the beloved community institution it is today. It is undeniable that the Museum has benefited greatly from her longevity.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Holly's gifts. A special thank you to "Quail Top Way" artists Lucy and Clint McKay, Dry Creek Pomo/Northern Sierra Miwok/Wappo/Wintun, for making Holly's beautiful abalone necklace.

-Lauren Carriere
Research Curator
Thanks to Lauren for the thoughtful tribute and to everyone who contributed to the gifts. Thanks to the Board of Directors for the proclamation to commemorate my contributions to building the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society over the past 25 years.

I appreciate all of the wonderful families of Healdsburg and Geyserville for the decades of kindness and support. I gratefully walk in the footsteps of those who came before me. I have learned from so many people and hope to continue to grow and learn in my job. I appreciate the embrace of such a supportive community. I love getting to do the important work we do at the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society. I have never had a single boring day. Thank you for making so many good things possible.
---Holly Hoods, Executive Director/Curator

Looking forward to helping our regional history museum thrive, keeping our important mission alive:

The mission of HM&HS is to record the history of the area through the collection and preservation of historical materials; to foster the appreciation of local history and arts through educational programs, activities and historical research; and to support and operate the HM&HS, linking the past with the present by providing engaging exhibitions, active outreach programs and relevant research, fostering an appreciation for the people, places and events which have shaped the community.
Día de los Muertos in the Plaza, October 31st
Look for our Healdsburg Museum table at Corazon Healdsburg's Day of the Dead event in the Healdsburg Plaza, on October 31. Meet our high school interns Clarissa Caro, Livi and Braulio Oseguera (pictured with Holly Hoods in photo at right). We will have treats, face paint and an offrenda. Hope to see you there.

The Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society is grateful for the following memorial gifts:

George Hageman
Remembered by Shirley Buchignani

Armen Cuadra
Robin Daniel
Barbara Gassaway
Anna Jo (Petersen) Black Rued
Remembered by Ernest Frandsen

Wilbur and Norma Moniz
Remembered by Eric and Janet Ziedrich

Henry Hersch
Remembered by Persis McCarley
HM&HS Partners