The Conference of California Historical Societies has awarded Scott Sedgley the 2016 Award of Merit-Individual for his many contributions to keeping history alive in the Napa Valley. Sedgley, Napa City Council member, also serves as the vice president of the Napa County Historical Society.
He was nominated by three different local history-minded organizations, the Napa Police Historical Society, the Napa Valley State Parks Association, and the Napa County Historical Society.
The nomination was spearheaded by Napa Police Detective Todd Shulman, who suggested nominating Sedgley for his countless hours volunteering for organizations at any and all history-related activities in the Napa Valley. “I am so gratified to learn he was awarded this honor,” said Shulman. “He contributes in so many ways, it was a challenge to remember all he does.”
Sedgley’s work on behalf of preserving Napa’s history spans decades and consists of docenting, carpentry, and assisting at fundraising events. According to Jeanne Marioni, representing the state parks, “Scott became a (Napa Valley State Parks Association) volunteer beginning with our very early work at the mill over 25 years ago.”
The Napa County Historical Society wrote in its nomination that Sedgley “has served this community and helped educate and preserve our history in many ways over the years.” He joined the Historical Society board five years ago and had been docenting historic tours of downtown Napa for years before then. “He has guided NCHS’ annual all-valley history tour each year since its inception four years ago,” the Historical Society noted. “He also devotes time to docenting tours at the historic Bale Mill, one of our unique historic assets.”
An event honoring Scott and other awardees was to be held Saturday, June 25, in Southern California at the historic La Villa Bella.