MICHAEL ACKER

 

Purpose

A storefront museum focusing on the community of Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, and El Verano, California.

Problems

I am unclear whether you are looking to create a history museum, an art museum, a community center, or some hybrid performing functions of all three, Robert Holloway, Curator for the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Accomplishments

Collection of oral histories, several of which have been donated to the Sonoma County Library. Ongoing.

Visit, with Roy Tennant, to the Zan Stark archive at Stanford Library, where we selected Sonoma Valley images to be digitized. These will be in the collection of the Sonoma County Library.

Compilation of a database of historic photographs, and other materials, of Sonoma Valley, being a reference work spanning many collections. Ongoing.

Valley of the Moon Main Stem Project. Panoramic photo-collages documenting the Highway 12 corridor, including historic images, where possible, with the understanding that the “current” images are also “historic,”

Inspiration

The Museum of Neighborhood Phenomena
The Santa Cruz Museum of History and Art
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and History
I've noticed that my eye collects, Walker Evans
Ed Ruscha, “Every Building on Sunset Strip” 1966
It all adds up to a reminder that, even as the art historians have been slowly trying to squeeze the history out of their discipline, artists have been assiduously turning themselves into historians, archivists, even collectors of a sort. Barry Schwabsky, the Nation April 2014

The Springs Museum is under construction!

Visit us at springsmuseum.org

We will gladly accept your donations of artifacts, memories, photographs, or just about anything else. We also accept monetary donations, but we are not yet a nonprofit corporation.

Contact us at michaelcacker@sbcgloba.net or PO Box 1959, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416
THANK YOU!