Mission Statement

To preserve the heritage of Petaluma, to protect its artifacts and to provide 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 and Activities

February 11-28
The Legacy of African Americans.
The exhibition will include black inventions, their music and more.
(More information to come . . .)


Feb. 18 – Movie “Selma”

Showing at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma
(Carole Ellis Auditorium) 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm  Free to the public.

Feb. 26 – Annual Black History Program –
“The Impact of Black Music on American Culture”

7:30 p.m., Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd.
Program is free and open to the public

Feb. 28 Annual Gospel Hour

6:30 p.m., Petaluma Christian Church
1160 Schuman Lane, Petaluma.
Free and open to the public

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Saint Valentine’s Day
Classical Concert

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Music Inspired by Love
Featuring the works of Brahms, Liszt, Thomson & Dvorak

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an enchanting classical music concert at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. You’ll enjoy beautiful compositions by Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, and selected works by Handel, Hindemith, Sheldon, and Thomson. Widely known as the “Carnegie Hall” of Petaluma (built in 1904 as a Carnegie Library), the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library features stunning acoustics in an elegant, neoclassical concert hall.

Performing at this special concert will be Elizabeth Walter & Marilyn Thompson (piano), Judiyaba (cello), Carol Menke (soprano), Eileen Morris (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Trujillo (tenor), and Thomas Hart (bass).

With complimentary wine and cheese, a perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day!

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma
February 14th, 2016 3:00 PM
Complimentary wine & cheese

$25 General Admission
$35 Balcony (Limited Seating) With Elite Beverage Service, Port & Chocolates

Buy tickets Online for The Valentine’s Day Classical Concert

OR: Call us at 707-778-4398


Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
Liszt: Liebestraume No. 3
Dvorak: Selections from Slavonic Dances
Other selected works by: Handel, Hindemith, Sheldon, Thomson


Presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance & the Petaluma Museum Association

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Kayleen Asbo/Mythica Presents:


Flowers in the Shadows: Women Composers and Artists

Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16
Petaluma Historical Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
10:30am – 12:00pm
1:00- 2:30 pm (two classes each day with lunch break)
Each class is $25 at the door, or the entire six class series can be purchased for $120.00.

To learn more and  register, go to

A three-week celebration of the life and works of extraordinary women throughout history by celebrated professor and musician Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, with live musical performances by magnificent guest artists.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Petaluma Historical Museum will be hosting a return engagement of cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D for a three week series entitled “Flowers in the Shadows”. This Wednesday salon series will bring together fascinating lectures and performances on women composers and painters throughout history.

Featured will be the Medieval Abbess, Visionary Scientist and Illuminator Hildegard of Bingen, one of the first composers we know by name; Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelsson, two profoundly gifted composers of the 19th century who were overshadowed by the men in their lives; Artemesia Gentileschi, a Baroque painter who used the tragedies of her life as inspiration to create images of feminine strength and power and Georgia O’Keefe, whose joyous paintings of flowers in the desert were a visual response to her experience of “seeing sound” and “hearing color” when she listened to classical music.

March 2, morning: The Music of Hildegard of Bingen
March 2, afternoon: The Art of Hildegard of Bingen
With guest performer Karen Clark, contralto

March 9, morning: Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann
March 9, afternoon: The Art of Artemisia Gentileschi
With guest performer Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano

March 16, morning: The Musical Inspirations of Georgia O’Keefe
March 16, afternoon: Hidden Gems of Music and Art
With guest performer Julija Zibrat, violin

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Each class will feature explorations of both art and music, interwoven with poetry and culminating in performances by guest artists contralto Karen Clark, mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks and violinist Julija Zibrat accompanied by Kayleen Asbo on piano.

Each class is $25 at the door, or the entire six class series can be purchased for $120.00. To learn more and  register, go to

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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.

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