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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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The Museum will reopen Jan. 17 Evening for our Book Signing with John Schubert, and open again on January 18 – January 21 when we feature the following special exhibits/events:

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John Schubert’s “Hidden Histories of Sonoma County” Discussion & Book Signing

Wednesday, January 17
7:00 p.m.
$5.00 Suggested Donation


The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is kicking off 2018, their 40th Anniversary, with a monthly series showcasing a variety of presenters who will focus on different aspects of the history of Petaluma and Sonoma County. “Third Wednesday Dialogues at the Museum” kicks off on January 17th 2018.


Join John Schubert, the author of The Hidden History of Sonoma County for an evening at the museum and hear of the enterprising spirit and enthralling history that led to Sonoma County’s storied agricultural heritage and defined its earliest denizens. Sail the seas with Captain Bodega y Quadra, whose name graces the coast and beyond, and wave farewell to the last train out of the redwoods. Discover the fate of Charles Henley, spirited from the county jail in 1876 by masked vigilantes. Learn about the rise and fall of Sonoma’s tobacco growers and the historic opening of the Jenner Bridge as the automobile rose in popularity.


Schubert will be available after his talk to sign copies of his book. Admission: $5 suggested donation.

Register Free at Eventbrite

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Spring Hill Montessori Middle School Presents:
Pop-Up Exhibit
Pioneer Memoirs

Thursday, Jan. 18 – Saturday Jan. 19 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
and Sunday January 21 12:00 – 3:00

Reception on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00
All Are Invited


The memoirs and artwork exhibited were done by students of the Spring Hill Montessori Middle School as a product of their class project.  The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum partnered with the school on this project by providing presentations to the students over a two-month period.



We would like to thank Megan Shelton, Pamela Tambe and Yoli Holman, the teachers of the Spring Hill Montessori Middle School, and their students for allowing us to collaborate with them on this project.


We also want to thank the following presenters:
* Paula Freund on her Petaluma Pioneers exhibit
* John FitzGerald on the importance and uses of historical maps
* Solange Russek on the artifacts and documents held by the museum and how they can be used for historical research
* The Sages of Petaluma for telling stories of Petaluma’s past


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The Masterpiece of Prof. Eugene Urbain
“California Yesterday and Today”


Presentation by Paula Freund
Saturday, January 20 – 2:00 p.m.

The curious story of the painting’s creation, exhibition, storage, rediscovery & conservation, & An Explicit Analysis of its Antecedents and Iconography

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Mythica and the Petaluma Museum Association Present:

Mozart and Schubert Birthday Party!

Sunday, January 28 at 4 pm
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma


Join Santa Rosa Symphony Music Historian Kayleen Asbo and musical friends Elizabeth Walter, Jason Byer and Bonnie Brooks for a celebration of the birthdays of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert through storytelling, song, libations and nibbles. 



Featured Works:

Mozart: Sonata in Bb Major, K.333
Mozart: Sonata in c minor, K.457
Mozart: Arias from Operas

Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1 in c minor
Schubert: Moment Musicale
Schubert: Gretchen im Spinrade
Schubert: Selections from “Winterreise”
Schubert: Litanei


Ticket Prices: $20.00 Downstairs
Balcony $25.00

Purchase Tickets Online with Brown Paper Tickets

Or call us at 707-778-4398


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Photo credit: Joe McDonald

6th Annual Jazz Concert
The doRiaN Mode

Friday, February 2, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month and the opening of “Reflections” – An exhibit which tells the story of Petaluma’s black population since the 1800’s.

The concert features vintage jazz & blues with The doRiaN Mode, with Dorian Bartley – bass/vocals, Bob Johns piano/cornet, David Scott – sax/flute and Tony Blake -percussion.


Cost – $25.00 downstairs includes food and beverages
($30.00 at the door)
$35.00 upstairs (limited seating) includes an amazing view, champagne, and food


Tickets Available Online Now!

Last year this concert sold-out, so get your ticket early!

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Petaluma Blacks for Community Development
40 Years of Celebrating Black History Month


An exhibit which tells the story of Petaluma’s black population since the 1800’s.
Thursday, February 8
10:00 a.m.


Children’s Story Time
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. – noon
A parent must be present



40th Annual Black History Program – February 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd.  Free and Open to the Public

Annual Gospel Hour at the Petaluma  Christian Church, 1160 Schuman Lane, 4:00 p.m. Free and Open to the Public

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Musical Mondays at the Museum:

A Beethoven Celebration

With Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
Mondays, 10:30-12:30


Kayleen’s gift for making classical music come alive is nothing short of breath-taking.
I leave every class with my mind on fire and my heart burning with inspiration and hope”
“Pure passion- the perfect combination of head and heart”


Odes to Joy: Gustav Klimt and Beethoven’s Ninth
Monday, January 8, 10:30 -12 Noon

Discover the alchemical connections between Gustav Klimt’s monumental masterpieces and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony-two joyous works that reflect the transformative possibilities of the human spirit.


Drop in single classes $30 at the door- check or cash only or
​Advance Sale: Purchase both events for $50 through


Kayleen Asbo Ph.D. is a lecturer for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. A pianist, composer and cultural historian, she is on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Pacifica Graduate Institute of Santa Barbara and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Dominical University and Sonoma State University where her classes have been hailed as “a revelation”, “pure passion” and “an addictive blend of joy and education.”


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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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