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Healdsburg Museum opens fundraising campaign

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by
The Healdsburg Tribune in an undated photo. (Photo: Healdsburg Museum Collection)

The Healdsburg Tribune in an undated photo. (Photo: Healdsburg Museum Collection)

The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society has opened a crowd-source funding campaign to raise the money to digitize ten local historical newspapers.

Local collectors and donors Eric and Mary Drew of Healdsburg Sotheby’s Realty opened the campaign with a $6,000 matching-fund challenge.

They are using Razoo, a crowd-source site that specializes in nonprofit fundraising. Their goal is $40,000.

Razoo allows the money to go to the Museum regardless of whether they complete their goal.

The site will take 4.9% of the fundraising, and is one of the lowest percentages available, according to Museum Curator Holly Hoods.

The ten historical newspapers they will digitize date back to the mid-nineteenth century. Over the years, Healdsburg has had a number of newspapers. At one time, there were three separate newspapers in town operating at the same time–the Sotoyome Scimitar, the Healdsburg Enterprise and the Healdsburg Tribune.

The other papers slated for digitizing are the Sotoyome Sun, the Sonoma County Tribune, the Russian River Flag, The Democratic Standard, The Advertiser, The Casket and The Review.

“We’re trying to emphasize there is currently only limited access to the newspapers,” said Hoods. “The only way you can see them right now is at the museum and library on microfilm. A digital collection will allow researchers access to the collection at any time.

“We are really excited to have this opportunity to try to share these historical newspapers with the interested community,” Hoods said. “We want to provide that access.”

People can also donate to the Museum directly by sending check to P. O. Box 952, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

“We intend to fundraise for as long as it takes and we do not have a specific deadline,” said Assistant Curator Whitney Hopkins.

“We hope to get positive feedback from the community,” said Hoods in a telephone interview.

The cost of repairing or replacing the defunct microfilm reader at the Museum was challenging their resources when they learned the California Digital Newspaper Collection could do the digital work.

The Collection is an online repository of California newspapers. It is operated by the University of California Riverside. It is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

If the fundraising campaign raises more money than the goal, the Museum would consider digitizing the Geyserville Press, the Cloverdale Reveille and the Geyserville Gazette, as well. They have microfilm segments from each of those papers.

For more information, visit razoo.com.

  • Eric Drew

    Ann – I would like to encourage your readers to go to the search page of UC Riverside’s California Digital Newspaper Collection and explore. http://www.cdnc.ucr.edu
    Find the article in the SF Call from May 8 1896 ‘Healdsburg’s Banner Day’
    “During the hours preceding the floral parade, townspeople and visitors promenaded through the streets, gayly chatting, exchanging greetings, the strangers pronouncing Healdsburg the most attractive town they had ever visited.”
    And Find the article in the Daily Alta Californian July 18, 1865 – ” Arrived at Healdsburg about sunset and stopped for the night … the hotel is kept by a man who knows how and ‘Uncle Tom’s’ Cabin’ was playing at the local theater”
    And now imagine how it would be if we could do similar searches of our local historic newspapers rather than out of town newspapers
    Eric Drew

    • acarranza

      Thank you, Eric. You are a fount of information for the wider community.

  • Whitney Hopkins

    Thanks for the nice write-up about the Healdsburg Museum’s newspaper digitization project! Just wanted to make one correction. While we hope the community will match Eric and Mary Drew’s $6,000 grant by December 31, 2014, our fundraising campaign will continue beyond this date. We intend to continue as long as it takes to raise the funds to digitize Healdsburg’s newspapers.

  • Eric Drew

    Ann – Please let your reader’s know that the link I sent re the search page of California Digital Newspaper Collection in my earlier post is incorrect. The correct Link to the CDNC seach page is cdnc.ucr.edu (ie without the www)
    Eric Drew

    • acarranza

      Thanks, Eric. Readers will now see your update on the web.

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