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Preserving the Unique History of Petaluma and Providing Educational and Cultural Services to the Community

20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
(Corner of 4th and B Street)

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Black History Month Exhibit

Josh Emmanuel Akognan.  Petaluma native, Graduate of Casa Grande H.S.  Went on to play for the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies in the MBA.  And more!

Black Athletes, their challenges, triumphs and impact on American Culture

Willie Smith.  Smith played college football as a tackle for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1956 to 1958.  Smith appeared in all 14 games for the 1960 Denver Broncos, mostly at the right guard position.  Willie Smith is the father of our own Dorian Bartley

The exhibit profiles America’s Black Athletes from our past, present and future (high school students).  Their athletic power and ability to break down barriers paved the way for future black athletes.  The exhibit looks at some of the physical and racial challenges that some athletes have faced to accomplish their goals.  The exhibit  includes sports artifacts, pictures and memorabilia.

Thru – Sunday, February 26

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday – 12:00 – 3:00
Suggested Donation $5.00 at the door

Cal State Fullerton Senior Josh Akognon

Black History Events Around Town

Friday, February 24

Annual Black History Program
7:30 Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Keynote speaker — Bubba Paris retired 49er
Free and open to the public.

The program will last 90 minutes and include entertainment and educational segments with participants from many cultures throughout Sonoma County.


Sunday, February 26

Gospel Hour
4:00 Petaluma Christian Church
1160 Schuman Lane, Petaluma
Free and open to the public.

Featuring Family Voices of Praise, an a cappella women’s group from Oakland California.  “A must hear” group singing gospel songs.  Come early for a seat.

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Talk on Fred Wiseman
Petaluma’s Aviation Pioneer
Special Guest Speaker – Mike Glose

On Feb. 17, 1911, Wiseman made the first air mail flight, carrying letters, newespapers and merchants’ orders on a cross-country route of 12 miles between Petaluma and Santa Rosa.

Come help up celebrate the 105th Anniversary of this First Air Mail Flight!

February 25,  2:00 – 3:00 PM
Free, Donations Appreciated
Presented by The Petalumans of Yesteryear

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Musical Mondays:


Spring Term:
The Spirit of Dance, Folksong and Nationalism
at the Petaluma Historical Museum
With Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D.

Join celebrated music historian and pianist Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D for a series of inspiring and enlightening lecture-performances.

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“Kayleen Asbo is a force of nature. She has the rare ability not to just educate and entertain-but also to inspire”
Alan Silow, President of the Santa Rosa Symphony

Monday, March 20: The Scandanavian Spirit:  Grieg and Norse Myth

Monday, March 27:  The Eastern European Spirit:  Dvorak, Janacek and Bartok

Monday, April 3:  The Russian Spirit:  Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky

Monday, April 10: The English Spirit:  Elgar, Vaughn-Williams, Quilter and Finzi

Monday, April 17:  The Spanish Spirit:  DeFalla, Mompou, Granados, Albeniz



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March Exhibit

Women’s History Month

Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business
March 16 – 26

More Information Coming Soon!

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April Exhibit

A Call To Arms
The 100th Anniversary of 
World War I

On April 6th, 1917, the United States of America declared war on Germany joining World War I.  At that time, hundreds of Petaluma boys registered for the draft, and over seventy five Petaluma men and women answered the call to go serve their country abroad.  They joined over four million men and women who answered the call to fight in the Great War.  This April, on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into the war, we honor their sacrifice.  We will be showcasing information and artifacts about World War I.  Focusing on America’s participation as a whole as well as a Petaluma Perspective through music, letters, newspapers and more.

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Second Annual History Trails Walk, 2017
With the Petalumans of Yesteryear

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Starting point: The Balshaw Bridge, Western Avenue at Water Street, near Water Street Bistro

The walk begins at the FOOT OF THE BALSHAW PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE (NOT at the museum); where Western Avenue meets the Petaluma River at the Water Street Bistro location at 1:00 pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in.

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Cost: $20 general, $15 for those 62+ and for museum members
Walk Limited to 20 People!
Time: 1 – 3pm
Light refreshments served outdoors at conclusion of walk, Museum Garden Court.

As part of Petaluma’s History Week celebration, please join the Petalumans of Yesteryear in the second annual History Trails walk through our historic downtown! This is your chance to meet some of Petaluma’s most colorful, influential and fascinating characters, including Clara McNear, Issac Wichersham, Addie Atwater, William Howard Pepper, Lyman Byce (inventor of the heated incubator) and many more. Along the way, historic points of interest will be pointed out, and each character will delight with their humorous, sad, and sometimes, downright bawdy stories, which took place right here in our historic town!

The walk is moderate in length (1 – 1.5 hours), the pace leisurely. Don’t forget walking shoes, hats, water and sunscreen to be comfortable.

Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets Soon

The Outrageous Muse: An Evening with Alma Mahler

Friday, March 31 at 8 pm
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street (Corner of 4th & B) in Downtown Petaluma


Wife of three extraordinary men (composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel), lover of artists Klimt and Kokoshka and muse for many more men of genius, Alma Mahler (1879-1964) was a composer of formidable talent in her own right.


She stood at the very center of fin-de-siecle Viennese cultural life. Her story is one of the most scandalous—and ultimately triumphant–stories you’ll ever encounter.


Join us for an unforgettable evening of song and story as we celebrate the greatest muse of all time and the magnificent art and music that swirled around the “prettiest girl of Vienna.”


Kayleen Asbo, piano and story
Karen Clark, contralto
Karen Rosenak, piano accompaniment

Music of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky and Johannes Brahms



$30 General Seating
$40 Balcony Seating


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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street, in downtown Petaluma, CA 94952.  (707) 778-4398

Hours Thursday through Saturday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Petaluma Historical Museum ~ 20 Fourth Street ~ Petaluma, CA 94952 ~ (707) 778-4398

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