The Dublin Library is pleased to welcome Dublin’s first City Historian, Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold.  Georgean was born and raised in Hayward, Ca. and moved to Dublin in 1971.  She has served as a member of the Dublin Chamber Board of Directors, the Dublin City Council, and the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD).  Her involvement in local arts and heritage has included representation on the Dublin Historical Preservation Association Board since 1990, the Dublin Fine Arts Foundation Board since 1995, and the Dublin Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission since 2004.

Georgean took time out from her busy schedule to talk about her new position.  Here are the following questions and her responses:

What is your official title?   City Historian

Why has the City of Dublin decided to appoint a City Historian?  The city council determined through their goals and objectives workshops that the time had come to officially appoint someone who would be responsible for preserving the information for the future.

What do you expect to be doing as City Historian?  This first year we will spend time developing the job description.  After that, I’d like to get as much, as possible [materials] digitized and searchable so everyone has access.

Is there any historical project(s) that the citizens of Dublin should be excited about?  Two; the digitization project [the local history digitization project] and the Kolb farm moving from its present location to the Heritage Center.

Do you want to add anything else?  Please let everyone know that I will take anything they have of historical nature pertaining to Dublin.  These things will be stored until they can be displayed or scanned.

Georgean mentioned the California Local History Digitization Resources Project (LHDRP) in which the Heritage Center and Dublin Library digitized 200 original photographs owned by the Museum.  The goal of LHDRP is to preserve local history resources such as historical photographs, providing permanent public access to a digital version.   This project is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

To be able to view the digitized materials go to: www.aclibrary.org/branches/dub/default.asp?topic=Dublin&cat=DUBLocalHistory .

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