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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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We are participating in ‘Where’s Waldo?’
Find Waldo in the Museum!

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 Our Current Exhibit:

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:

Arielle Lehmann

Public Historian

Saturday, August 5, 2 to 3:30


Arielle Lehmann, a Public Historian and Petaluma native, will be presenting a free lecture entitled “The Significance of Petaluma’s Incorporation Documents.” During her lecture, Arielle will delve into Petaluma’s rough and tumble past and the efforts its early leaders took to establish the city we know today.



Gawain Weaver

The Conservation, Preservation & Restoration of Photographic Material


Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 2:00


Join us for a presentation by photograph conservator, Gawain Weaver.  Scheduled in conjunction with the PHL&M’s current exhibit, “Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,” Gawain will discuss the subject of photograph conservation and demonstrate a wide range of treatments from simple tear repair and flattening to more complex unmounting, washing, and stain removal. Gawain will also discuss the expanding role of digitization in the preservation of photographic materials.


Gawain’s B.A. degrees are from Sonoma State University, and his M.A. is from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  A fellow of the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, N.Y., Gawain has served as the President of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild since 2012, and teaches photograph preservation at San Jose State University. 


Gawain’s two companies, Gawain Weaver Art Conservation, and Two Cat Digital, provide photograph conservation and digitization services for both institutions and individuals.



Jeff Elliott

Petaluma’s Three Crises

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00


Jeff Elliott, Santa Rosa historian, will discuss three historic crises faced by the Petaluma community: Petaluma’s conflict with the rest of Sonoma county as being the only town outspoken in opposition to the confederacy; how the town resisted anti-Chinese bigotry after the infamous murder of the Wickershams; how Petaluma greeted waves of refugees escaping the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Jeff Elliott is a veteran journalist having written nationally for magazines and newspapers for over a quarter century. In 1995 he founded the Albion Monitor, the first internet “newspaper” with syndicated news and commentary plus original investigative journalism. He turned to historical research after retiring in 2009, and his writings can be found at, with over 600 articles on local history and architecture. You can follow him on Facebook @OldSantaRosa.


In Conjunction with our exhibit, please visit:

The Petaluma Arts Center for exciting events supporting their exhibit: Face Of Petaluma



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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Paris in Petaluma: Music and Art Summer Salons

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
Mondays, 10:30-12:30
July 24- August 7

$75 Early Bird Special Through June 21!
$90 Regular Tuition

Registration Information and to Purchase Tickets please click here


Come celebrate the city of lights and love in this delectable three-week lecture performance course on the history of music and art in turn of the century Paris.

July 24: Wild Beasts: Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel and Fauvism
July 31: Moonlit Cathedrals: Debussy and Impressionism
August 7: The Sublime and the Surreal: Erik Satie and Salvador Dalio


“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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Join us for Family Storytime Outside under the Oak
Thursdays, August 10 & 24
10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Oak behind the Museum
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 Fourth Street (Corner of 4th & B Street)
Presented by the Petaluma Regional Library
100 Fairgrounds Drive
(707) 763-9801


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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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