Consulting

 My consulting work has given me the opportunity to work with great organizations. Here is some information on a few of my recent projects.

Matson Navigation in Oakland, California hired me to organize over one hundred years of historical documents and photographs about their heritage of luxury passenger liner travel and innovative freight shipping. I processed the collection and wrote up a detailed inventory. The company uses its archives for legal research, marketing and public relations.

To celebrate their founder’s 99th birthday, cookware giant Williams-Sonoma went back to its original location on Broadway in Sonoma, California. The company opened a new store, a re-creation of the storefront Chuck Williams debuted in 1956, and a cooking school. Williams-Sonoma asked me to use their historical objects and images to create displays about Chuck and about the store’s early years.

When outdoor clothing pioneer Patagonia decided to create an in-house archive, they asked me to consult with them about first steps. I visited their beautiful headquarters in Ventura, California, surveyed their materials, and wrote up a plan which is now being put into action.

 

Two Arizona organizations asked me to create exhibits for important public spaces.

I curated a major new exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg about that town’s storied history of mining, ranching, dude ranching, and rodeo. It is on permanent display in their Quayle Family Gallery.

The Chemehuevi Indian tribe in Lake Havasu City has a large indoor waiting area for their casino boat. They asked me to create displays about their history, culture, language, and modern day life for waiting visitors to enjoy.

Closer to home I am also writing the text for exhibitions at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, and for their temporary museum in Tokyo.

Other clients include the Oakland Museum of California, Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, and Levi Strauss & Co., for whom I worked as corporate Historian for twenty-four years.