In response to the firestorms that ravaged much of the North Bay region in October 2017, the Museum of Sonoma County developed two projects under the banner of The Fire Project.
The Fire Project is about memory, expression and our shared experience of the firestorms of 2017. These projects are designed to benefit the Sonoma County community in the spirit of restoration and healing.
The Fire Collection: Preserving our Stories
The creation of a permanent historical record of one of the most important and pivotal events in Sonoma County history is of great importance to our community. With this in mind, we are collecting related objects, photographs, recordings and other documentation that is representative of the firestorms of 2017. From the materials collected, the museum will develop a permanent collection and will curate exhibitions to commemorate our shared experience.
The Fire Wall is an online searchable display and digital repository of the community's creative reflections and personal stories of the 2017 wildfires and their aftermath. The Fire Wall is designed to be inclusive, broad in scope, and empowering to all who participate and experience it. We invite you to visit The Fire Wall and submit your own creative reflection by clicking here.
October 6, 2018 - January 27, 2019
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds was an exhibition that commemorated the anniversary of the October 2017 firestorms. In the exhibition, we examined the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlighted art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.
Thank you to the following for their generous support of the Fire Project:
The Codding Foundation
DPI - Digital Print Imaging
The Engine is Red
First Interstate Contractors
Eric and Debbie Green
Steven and Angela Gelber
Lawrence and Jacqueline Simons
The Sonoma County Community Memory Map serves to provide a central place where people can share photographs and stories of the places that we lost. The Sonoma County Community Memory Map was created with the support of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.