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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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Our Current Exhibit:

El Dia De Los Muertos

This year’s image is the master piece of Carlos Villez a Latino artist from San Jose, born in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Se ve hermosa Carlos Villez!!

Opens October 1 – November 6, 2016
Dates Open:  Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – Noon – 3:00
Suggested Donation $5.00

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Poetry of Remembrance
Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm

An evening of bilingual poetry will include featured poets and community readers.  Potluck dinner.



Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday, October 29, 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The procession starts at Water Street Bistro and ends at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum on 20 4th St.  Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.


Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Led by costumed docents

Walking Tours

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
May Through October
Meet at the steps to the Museum
Corner of 4th and B Streets in Petaluma
Free; donations welcome

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Annual Cemetery Tour

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Cypress Hill Memorial Park
430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma

Susan Coolidge-Clara McNear
Featuring the Petalumans of Yesteryear

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$10 for member of the PMA, $15 for all others.
Children 12 and under are free.

Enjoy a quiet stroll as you visit the resting places of various of Petalumas past luminaries. Their stories will be told by docents dressed in period piece garb. Comfortable shoes suggested.

The Petalumans of Yesteryear return to reflect on life in the 19th century Petaluma. Presenting their life story at their respective gravesites will be:

Capt. Baylis, early river captain
The McNears – Ida Bell, Clara and John McNear
Issac Wickersham, Esq., lawyer and entrepreneur
Professor and Sarah Lippitt, lawyer and educator
Brainerd Jones, Petaluma’s renowned architect
Addie Atwater, early civic leader
Lyman Byce, Petaluma Incubator Company
William Howard Pepper, founder Pepper kindergarten

Tour begins at the Cypress Hill office parking lot –
Cypress Hill Memorial Park, 430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma at 10:30 a.m.
We will walk from gravesite to gravesite, and listen to these costumed Petaluma Pioneers tell their life stories.

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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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