Ashes from Ashes: A Story of Hope and Healing in Response to the North Bay Wildfires

Thu, October 15, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Museum of Sonoma County, in association with Sonoma State University, will host a panel discussion which is part of an ongoing process of community support for healing from the 2017 North Bay wildfires. As people fled from threatening wildfires, frantically collecting belongings from their homes, the cremains (cremated remains) of loved ones are often left behind. Cremains recovery pairs the uniquely qualified skills of archaeologists and forensic canines in a way that has never been done before. In the aftermath of the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, a team of archaeologists worked with a forensic canine team to locate and recover cremated ashes of over 40 individuals. As cremains recovery teams excavate ashes from ashes, they not only return the physical remains of loved ones, but they also give relief, hope, and peace to families in the midst of turmoil and loss. Our experience of 2017 forever changed our community but also provides stories such as these which inspire us to support each other. A Humanities for All grant from California Humanities is allowing a Sonoma State University oral historian to record and share these experiences and stories.

Panelist include, Archaeologist, Alex DeGeorgey, Institute for Canine Forensics Dog Handler, Lynne Engelbert, Museum of Sonoma County Board Member, Staci Pastis, and Moderated by SSU Oral Historian, Dana Shew.

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