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“The Many Faces of Petaluma”

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The Ethnic & Cultural Groups That Make Petaluma Home

Local  history told through displays and oral  histories by family and friends of early settlers who brought their varied cultures, practices and ideologies, creating our community.

Hours: Thurs. – Sat. 10 – 4, Sunday 12 – 3
$5.00 General, $3.00 Senior
Free to Members, Children & Military

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Saturday, April 18, Noon: Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremony


Including presentations of the Good Egg Award and Parade Grand Marshall

Followed By:
Saturday, April 18, 1:30 pm “Reflections: a Look Back and Forward at our Community”

“Reflections: A Look Back and Forward at our  Community”. This is a time that all age groups are invited to share their experiences in Petaluma. Memories of growing up in Petaluma and the changes you have seen take place. Good and not so good memories of Petaluma. Everyone is welcome to participate. Kaye Chandler has agreed to video tape this event and John Crowley will be our moderator. This is a chance to record some of Petaluma’s history from the mouths of those who have lived it and to look at what the future holds for us through the eyes of our youth.

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Single Malt Scotch Tasting and Food Pairing

Scotch w Ice

Thursday, April 30 at 6:00-8:00 PM

Fund Raiser Benefitting the Petaluma Museum Association,
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Sponsored by:

Willibees Wines & Spirits

with Preferred Sonoma Caterers

$60 per person or $100 a Pair which includes the Single Malt and Food Pairing

Purchase Your Tickets Online

Or call us to purchase with your credit card at 707-778-4398


Wilibees wines and spirits  Preferred Sonoma Caterers

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Chronological List of Featured Activities for this Current Exhibit:

Saturday, February 7th, 5 pm
Jewish Community Celebration “From Generation to Generation”

A Celebration of 150 Years of the B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Refreshments /  Open to all ages / Free to all!

Sunday, February 15th, 2:30 pm
A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou


A look at her inspiring life through her poetry and other works.  Videos by Dr. Jon Jackson, Songs by Wings of Glory Gospel Choir and reading of her poetry by Tracy Blakely and Hanna Biggs
Admission $5 (Free to Members and Students)

Sunday, March 1st, 3 pm

Native American History Presentation

by Nicole Lim, Executive Director of the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center

Nicole Lim (Pomo), Executive Director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center will talk about the history of California Indians. You will learn about the lives, cultures and traditions of native peoples from Sonoma County, and the impacts of colonization on tribal groups throughout the state. She will review the little known California laws and policies passed by the first state legislature that impacted the lives of California Indians.

The history of California Indians has not yet been fully integrated into the history books for the state or this nation. California Indians played a significant roll in the development of California even though they were subject to state and federal policies aimed at subjugation and extermination. These stories must be shared lest they be forgotten. We hope you will join us to explore these and other important historical issues involving California Indians.

Sunday, March 8th, 2:30 pm

Coro Allegro in Concert


Coro Allegro in Concert

The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation ‘s (NBICF) choral group, CORO ALLEGRO, has been in existence since 1985. It is a mixed-voices folkloristic group that is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Italian culture through popular music. Coro Allegro has performed at NBICF special events, such as Festa Italiana and at numerous concerts and Italian festivals throughout Northern California.

The Coro Allegro will be performing songs from all over Italy spanning the late 19th century to the late 1950’s.

 Saturday, March 14th, Noon to 6 pm

“A Celebration of Our Diverse Heritage”

Ballet Folklorico of Petaluma, Paquiyollotzin, Los Gu’Achis Band, Native Youth Pomo Dance Group, Jewish Music and ethnic foods.

Saturday, March 21st, 3 pm

“A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma”

Film by Bonnie Burt.

Comrades and Chicken Ranchers
Readings from Comrades and Chicken Ranchers by Kenneth L. Kann.
Books will be available for sale in our Gift Shop
Songs performed by Scott Gerber


Sunday, March 22nd, 2:30 pm

Holy Ghost Hall Petaluma
Holy Ghost Hall, Petaluma

Portuguese Celebration

Learn the history of the Petaluma Holy Ghost Hall, various Portuguese celebration & customs

Saturday, April 18, Noon: Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremony

Including presentations of the Good Egg Award and Parade Grand Marshall

Saturday, April 18, 1:30 pm “Reflections: a Look on how we see Petaluma”

A time to share memories of growing up in Petaluma and the changes you have seen take place.  Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts and ideas.


Our 2014 Program of Public Service

For a listing of all of  our current and sponsored activities please visit our Calendar of Events Page


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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical 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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