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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

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.

Admission $5, Seniors $3.00, Free to Members, Children 12 and Under


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Chronological List of Featured Activities:

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

Sunday, March 8th, 2:30 pm
Coro Allegro in Concert

A mixed voice folkloric musical group

Saturday, March 14th, Noon to 6 pm
“A Celebration of Our Diverse Heritage”

Join the various cultural and ethnic groups of Petaluma for dancing, music, food, poetry reading and more

Saturday, March 21st, 3 pm
A Home of the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma” Film by Bonnie Burt.
Readings from Comrades and Chicken Ranchers by Kenneth L. Kann.

Songs performed by Scott Gerber

Sunday, March 22nd, 2:30 pm
Portuguese Celebration

History, Customs, Dance, Music & Food

Sunday, April 12th, 2:30 pm
Danish Community Celebration

Information on the Hansen House, Danish Soldier’s Club, Petaluma Danish Sisterhood and Brotherhood and more

Saturday, April 18: Good Egg Award at Noon
followed by “Reflections,” 1:30 pm

A Look Back and Forward at our Community.  A time to share memories of growing up in Petaluma and the changes you have seen take place.  All are welcome to participate.


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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