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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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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


Reservations Available Here for Online Purchase!

Or Call us at 707-778-4398

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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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Our Next Exhibit: April 2 Through May 21:

A Call To Arms
World War One: A Petaluma Perspective

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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.


Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 3:00 pm
Donation $5.00


Grand Opening
Sunday, April 2 at 1:00 PM
Serving Coffee, Tea & Donuts


Documentary: The Christmas Truce
Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 pm


Documentary: The Chocktaw Code Talkers of World War I
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm


John Martini, Historian
Lecure on the Bay Area during World War I
Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 pm


Skip Sommer, Historian
Lecture on the sinking of the SS Tuscania as seen by G.P.McNear
Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm


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April 22 at Noon
Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremony

Kick off History Week and celebrate the 2017
“Good Egg” & “Grand Marshall” recipients
At the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma
Free and Open to the Public!

Sponsored by the Petaluma Downtown Association


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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 Here

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April 29 at Noon
Butter & Egg Days Parade
Best view in town – PMA members watch
parade from the Museum front steps!

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Historic Downtown Walking Tours

May through October
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Steps to the Museum
Led by costumed docents
Free – Donations accepted

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May, 2017 (Date to come)
Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis
Annual PMA Concert
Details and online ticket sales coming soon

Presented by the Sky Hill Cultural Alliance & The Petaluma Museum Association

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Saturday, June 17 2017

“From Steam Punk to Speak Easy”
PMA Fundraiser at the Hotel Petaluma.
Most information coming soon!

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July 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Join the PMA for this annual tradition!
Free and Open to All!

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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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