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(Corner of 4th and B Street)

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“From Steam Punk to Speak Easy”

Saturday, June 17 2017
Petaluma Museum Association Fundraiser at the Historic Hotel Petaluma


The Petaluma Museum Association invites you to the Annual Steampunk to Speakeasy gala at the:

Historic Hotel Petaluma
2015 Kentucky St.
Petaluma (Corner of Kentucky and Washington St.)



The Stompy Jones Band
The Oyster Girls
Canapes, Fabulous Hors D’Oeuvres & Cocktails
Amazing Auction Items, and
Prizes for the Best Steampunk & Prohibition Dress


$60 Single
$100 Double

Purchase Your Tickets Online Now!

Or call us at 707-778-4398

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Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis

Saturday May 27, 2017
7:30 pm
Join us for a magical evening!

$25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Balcony Seating With Elite Beverage Service: $40.
Free to Students.

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 Or call us at 707-778-4398

Once again, world-renowned virtuoso pianist, Jura Margulis returns May 27th to the North Bay with a powerful and uplifting performance to inspire audiences of all ages.


Margulis has developed quite a loyal and dedicated following and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy this concert in the beautiful and acoustically superior Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association have been working together for over eight years, bringing high-quality classical music to Petaluma.



Margulis will play his ninth concert on the legendary Henry F. Miller concert grand, which is currently housed in the Petaluma Museum. His first performance on this piano was at the Charles M. Schultz Museum in 2009. This piano was built in Boston in 1899 and has been magnificently restored by JB Piano Company in San Rafael.


Margulis will be playing works by Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms.  

Access the Program Here

Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese.

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Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers

Personal Images & Public Stories of a California Rivertown

June 10 to September 24, 2017
Hours: Thurs. – Sat. 10 to 4, Sun. noon to 3
Admission to the exhibition is free


An exhibition of photographs from the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum and the Sonoma County Library portrait collections.

Online Resource

This exhibit is supported by a web-based catalogue of images which can be accessed at:

Please take a moment to visit and enjoy the visual richness of the many Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers from the collection of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum.

As the availability and popularity of camera portraiture grew in the 1850’s and 60’s, so did the booming frontier town of Petaluma, California. The pioneers took full advantage of the services offered by their town’s entrepreneurial photographers, preserving for us the opportunity to observe their faces and demeanor in rich intimate detail and connect them to the stories of their accomplishments and experiences.

Scheduled Events:

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday, June 10, 5 to 8pm

This will be a joint reception with the Petaluma Arts Center that will also be celebrating their correlating, contemporary exhibit, “The Face of Petaluma.”  Transportation between the venues will be provided.  The Petaluma Museum Association’s annual fundraiser will be themed to compliment the exhibit and held at the Hotel Petaluma on June 17th.  See above to purchase those tickets or call us at 707.778.4398


Adair Lara, author of the definitive
History of Petaluma, A California River Town

June 25, 2 to 3:30

Adair Lara will discuss the creation and content of her book, History of Petaluma, A California Rivertown.  Published in 1982, this is the definitive book on the history of our community.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Petaluma history and to pick up a copy which belongs on every Petalumans’ bookshelf.


Unveiling of the City of Petaluma’s 1858 Incorporation Documents

Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Join the PMA for this annual tradition!
Steps of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Free and Open to All!
July 4 at 10:30 a.m.

At the Annual July Fourth Bell Ringing Ceremony this year, our own Mayor Glass will unveil the founding Incorporation Documents of the City of Petaluma.  Our early pioneer residents created these documents in 1858 in an attempt to civilize a frontier town.  It was thought the original documents were in our own city hall, but after a bit of sleuthing, they were found in the State Archives in Sacramento.


Paula Freund

Saturday, July 15, 2 to 3:30

Paula Freund, curator of Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers will speak about what inspired her to create the exhibit, and the many surprising historical facts she unearthed along the way to its completion.


Arielle Lehmann

Public Historian

Saturday, August 5, 2 to 3:30

Arielle will lecture on the importance of Petaluma’s incorporation documents.


Exhibition Support: Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers has been funded anonymously by a patron of the Petaluma Museum Association and created by its staff and volunteers with generous assistance from the Sonoma County Library; the Bancroft Library, the California Historical Society; and the Society of California Pioneers.

For questions and more information please contact us at 707-778-4398

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Summer Myth and Music Academy


Join celebrated cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D  for a three week Summer Academy of Myth, Music and Art exploring the theme of Men Behaving Badly. Come for the morning session on Mozart’s opera, enjoy lunch in charming downtown Petaluma and then savor the visual delights of an afternoon series on Rodin’s sculptures.


Scandals and Scoundrels
Monday Mornings
10:30 – 12:00

The three Mozart-Da Ponte Operas are considered masterpieces of operatic literature; witty, fully human, with marvelous characters and unforgettable melodies. The “behind-the-scenes” story of their creation is every bit as dramatic as the action on stage–including a consultation with Casanova himself!

June 5:  Marriage of Figaro
June 12: Cosi fan Tutte
June 19: Don Giovanni
Musical guests Amy White, Bonnie Brooks and Jason Byer will bring Mozart’s magnificent arias and duets to life.

This series is recommended to deepen the experience for the San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Don Giovanni.


Rodin: Scandals in Stone
Afernoons:  1:30 – 3:00

To celebrate Rodin ‘s centenary, we’ll explore the dramatic story of his life.  Born in poverty, Rodin struggled well into midlife and his life was marked by continual love scandals.  His style–raw and  emotionally real–flew in the face of the quest for surface prettiness of his time and are now hailed as a turning point in 20th century art. We’ll trace the profound impact of both Dante and Michelangelo on shaping the imagination of the mature Rodin as he sought to sculpt in stone works that gave expression to the depth of human passion and despair.

June 5: Rodin’s Early Years and Michelangelo’s Influence
June 12: Love, Lust and The Gates of Hell
June 19: Sacrifice and Surrender: The Burghers of Calais

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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

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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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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.

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