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Annual 4th of July Bell-Ringing Ceremony


Saturday, July 4th, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Meet at the steps to the Museum
20 4th Street, Petaluma 
Actual Sounding of the Bell: 11:00

Free and fun for the entire family!

Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade in the Garden Court. Following the Bell Ringing:
Steven Moore, an Iraq Veteran will share his experiences in the war and will talk about his work with Dogs Helping Veterans.  His Golden Retriever will accompany him.

More about the history of the bell ringing here!

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Friday, July 10, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Abigail M. Markwyn, Author, Presents:

Empress San Francisco

“Images and Realities of Race and Gender at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition”

Underground Chinatown. The Dixie Plantation. Japan Beautiful. These were just some of the attractions that greeted the over 18 million visitors to San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and reflected contemporary racial hierarchies. Rather than erasing the realities of Progressive Era America, the fair reflected the social debate and realities that wracked the world outside the fair grounds. African-Americans and Asians faced racial discrimination and stereotypes, while the fair’s official narrative used women’s bodies and beauty to advertise the fair and state, ignoring their newfound public power. This talk will explore the images and reality of race and gender on the grounds of the PPIE.


Santa Rosa native Abigail Markwyn is an Associate Professor of History at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin; where she teaches U.S. and Latin American history. She is the author of Empress San Francisco: The Pacific Rim, the Great West, and California at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.  And, she is co-editor of Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World’s Fairs.

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Gottschalk in Petaluma
150 Year Commemorative Concert

Louis Moreau Gottschalk


The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum will host a duo-pianist concert to commemorate L. M. Gottschalk’s Petaluma performance exactly 150 years ago on July 27, 1865.

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), known as America’s first concert pianist and composer, was the “rock star” pianist of the day, mobbed by adoring fans wherever he went.

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Pianists Marilyn Thompson and Antonio Iturrioz will perform 2-hand and 4-hand pieces by Gottschalk, who staged “monster” concerts that included up to 30 pianos, and orchestras with 650 musicians.

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Make Reservations for ‘Gottschalk in Petaluma – 150 Year Commemorative Concert


Or call us with Credit Card Information at (707) 778-4398

At the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street (Corner of 4th and B Street)
Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
($15.00 Limited Balcony Seating)
Students – Free!

Learn more about Gottschalk’s Work:

L.M. Gottschalk – Wikipedia

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Docent Led Walking Tours
No Tour Sat. July 4 – Please Come to our Bell-Ringing Ceremony!  See Above.
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – Through October

Walking Tours

Meet at the Steps of the Museum 
Free, Donations Appreciated!
20 Fourth Street, Corner of 4th & B (Downtown Petaluma)

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May 3rd – July 26, 2015




May 3rd – July 26, 2015
$5 General, $3 Senior
Free to Members & Students

20 Fourth Street, downtown Petaluma
Hours:  Thurs. – Sat.:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Over the years the museum has had several wonderful military exhibits. This exhibit will show a different side of war. Yes, you will see some information about our countries triumphs in battle, but what you will see or hear through most of this exhibit is about the men and women who were in those wars.  Some came home whole and readjusted to their communities without physical, psychological or emotional scars. Others came home, less than perfect and are being helped through various programs that use the arts (expressive and performing) to help them transform or change their perception of the world and give them hope and a positive way to express themselves.

Walking Point Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that helps veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan to process their wartime experiences through the arts.  The founder, Thomas Bird, has been instrumental in connecting us with other organizations to create this exhibit.  He has connected us with the Yountville Veterans Home which will provide art (paintings, sculptures, stories) from some of their residents.  The Pathway Home, a treatment center for war-related stress, has loaned us some mask and other art created by veterans as a medium to explore the roots of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Several women’s groups have connected us to women veterans who will share their art and stories about being in the military.

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Weekend Schedule of  Events

Sunday, July 12 – 2:30 p.m.

Reception and Panel Discussion by Women Veterans – Hear women veterans discuss their experiences servicing in the military during war
time and peace. Recent changes in the role of women in the military and much more.

Sunday, July 19 – 2:30 p.m.

Poetry and Short Stories by Women Veterans


Our 2015 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 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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