In most any museum, the items on display are just a small slice of their large and varied collection. And the Sonoma County Museum is no exception.
By acquainting himself with the breadth and variety of the total museum collection, Curator Eric Stanley is then able to find ideas and items to draw from it to flesh out thematic displays. One recent instance of this, he recalls, was an exhibit based around the concept of Botany.
Another collection within the larger multitude of historic items that fascinate Stanley are the relics remaining from Santa Rosa's Chinatown. Now vanished and virtually unknown to all but the oldest area residents (or students of local history), it was a vibrant part of the core community less that 100 years ago.
The Sonoma County Museum is celebrating its own history with a 25th Birthday Party on Saturday afternoon. See a full schedule of upcoming museum activities here, including their rare, late September warehouse sale.