Michael Acker has been a resident of the Sonoma Valley for the past 18 years. A local artist and historian, Acker is the rental coordinator at the Sonoma Community Center, past president of the Sonoma Valley Grange, and an activist in the Springs Community Alliance. He holds a master of fine arts in sculpture from San Francisco State University. The author is thankful for the participation of local collectors and longtime residents, as well as the Bancroft Library, the Sonoma County Library, the State Library of California, the Stanford University Library, and the San Francisco Public Library.
Artist and historian Michael Acker has been enamored of the Springs
since he moved to the Sonoma Valley 18 years ago. His appreciation
for the area's rich history has appeared in the form of artwork -
mainly paintings constructed from historical photos - and through
the many conversations he cheerful participates in whenever asked
about the Springs.
And now, after more than a year spent combing through archives and libraries, Acker has completed his exhaustively-researched book, The Springs: Resort Towns of Sonoma Valley, to be published March 27 by Arcadia Publishing. Sonoma Index Tribune