The Museum of Ventura County’s Bridge Builder Award celebrates the accomplishments of leaders who have made significant impact on the region — those who have changed the fabric of our community, creating a new and better future. In 2020 and 2021, the Museum of Ventura County honors the extended families and descendants of Isabel Winemiller and William Dewey Hobson.

In this 4-part video series, the Museum of Ventura County celebrates the accomplishments of this incredible family, now in its seventh generation.

Episode 1—A Legacy Begins: In 1873, William Dewey Hobson and Isabel Jane Winemiller played pivotal roles in the formation of Ventura County. They were two of Ventura’s first American settlers, and showed their love for the area through their involvement in its politics, commerce, and society.