The Vision Sonora Community Design and Marketing Committee has completed the Historic Plaque Project for Downtown Sonora. This is their first step in creating a new walking tour of Downtown Sonora. The project included a recreation of the historical stories and photos originally created by Pat Perry the City’s Historian. Pat’s original images had begun to fade from exposure to the sun and were in need of replacing.
The project started with Laurie Lehmann, Committee Member, and Sheala Wilkinson, the City’s Special Programs Coordinator, meeting with Downtown businesses to see who was interested in a newer version of the old pictures and 23 businesses jumped on board. Laurie redesigned the original images and found a company that made a “plaque” mount for the images with metallic paper and a UV protection layer.
John Banke, the owner of Sonora Florist, set up a beautiful window display of the entire group of new plaques in time for the Mother Lode Roundup. The display will remain through the month of May. John said, “People keep coming in to my store to ask me about the plaques. They came out really great!”
The plaques will also be on display at the Mother Lode Fair in July. Soon, after the County Fair, the “group” of plaques will be split up and sent off to their assigned businesses to grace the inside front windows for all to see.