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20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
(Corner of 4th and B Street)


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Our Current Exhibit:

El Dia de Los Muertos

“Amor Sin Fronteras” – “Love Without Borders”

Samantha Sanchez Monter


“The young skeleton in the front is erasing what used to be lines drawn on the ground, symbolizing the removal of borders that are socially constructed. This young skeleton is also painting hearts, which symbolizes how people should spread and create love instead of lines that divide each other. The skeleton represents the youth and how they are the hope for a better future, one with solidarity. The skeletons in the back represent people coming together, meeting each other, and reuniting after the removal of the lines. This painting is about love without borders.”
Sammy Sanchez Monter

October 7 to October 29, 2017
Hours: Thurs. – Sat. 10 to 4, Sun. noon to 3
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 4th Street

Admission to the exhibition is free
Facebook: El Dia de Los Muertos Petaluma


Scheduled Events:

Opening Ceremony
Oct. 1st, 11:00 – 3:00
St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty Street
Enjoy music, dance, food and a Health Fair celebrating opening day at Vincent de Paul Church Plaza.

We’re very proud to present our official 2017 image: Amor sin Fronteras, and our very own native Petaluma TALENTED ARTIST : Samantha Sanchez Monter.

Artist Reception
Oct. 7, 6:00-8:00
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 4th Street
Meet Bay Area Latino artists while enjoying music, art, food, altars, and refreshments.


Sorry – This Event Has Been Cancelled
Poetry of Remembrance
We are sorry but Friday night’s POETRY OF REMEMBRANCE has been CANCELLED due to the uncertainty of the fires. Stay safe everyone!!

Fine Art Exhibits and Altars throughout Petaluma
Oct. 15th-Nov. 3rd
View the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community throughout downtown.

Tequila Pairing

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM

The evening begins at 6:00 pm in the main hall of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum.


This classic historical site creates a perfect atmosphere for your enjoyment of a professionally guided tasting tour of five different varieties of Tequila, accompanied with notes and anecdotes on both the spirits and related regions and process.


Each selected Tequila will be accompanied by a dish specially prepared by Preferred Sonoma Caterers to complement that spirit. Caterer Amber Balshaw will share with us her process in pairing each dish.

Tickets in advance only, not sold at the door
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Willibees Wines & Spirits
with Preferred Sonoma Caterers
and JRB Event Services



Scott Hess Photo

Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Oct. 28th, 4:00-9:00, Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street
Facebook: El Dia de Los Muertos Petaluma
Procession starts at 4:00 pm at 100 Petaluma Blvd. N. and ends at Petaluma Historical Museum. Festivities include live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers, food and art, a children’s activity area, and much more.



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Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Through Saturday, Oct. 21
(No Tour Saturday, Oct. 28)

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Steps to the Museum
Led by costumed docents
Free – Donations accepted

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Contributions of the Petaluma Pioneers: Reflecting On Life In 19th Century Petaluma.

Saturday, October 28 2017,
Two Tours: 10:30 AM and 10:45 AM
(See Below for Ticket Sales)
Donation $15, 12 years of age and under free.
$5 discount for Museum Association members
Cypress Hill Memorial Park
430 Magnolia Avenue
Tour begins at the Cypress Hill office parking lot.

Brainerd Jones, Petalumas renowned architect
Lyman Byce, Petaluma Incubator Company
Captain Baylis, early river captain
Isaac Wickersham, Esq., lawyer and entrepreneur
Addie Atwater, early civic leader
The McNears Clara McNear, Ida Belle McNear
Helen Putnam mayor of Petaluma


Introduction of Brainerd Jones (Brent Russell) at the columbarium and a viewing of the ashes of Lyman Byce (Leif Ortegren), then a short walk to the various gravesites of Captain Tom Baylis (John Fitzgerald), banker Isaac Wickersham (Marshall West), civic leader Addie Atwater (Sherri Ortegren), the McNear circle gravesites and discussed by Clara McNear (Susan Coolidge). Our tour concludes with a visit to the grave of educator William Howard Pepper with questions and answers following.

Donation $15, 12 years of age and under free.
$5 discount for Museum Association members

Purchase Tickets for the 10:30 Tour


 Purchase Tickets for the 10:45 Tour


Or call us at 707.778.4398


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Musical Mondays Fall Series

Classical Anatomy: The Evolution of Form

With Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.


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


Join Dr. Kayleen Asbo, celebrated music historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony for eight weeks of lecture-performances into the evolution of Classical Music, in a series that will bring to new depth and insight to the upcoming season at Weill Hall.


Session I: The History of the Concerto
October 9 – October 30

October 9: From Baroque Beginnings to Mozart’s Masterpieces
October 16: Beethoven’s Revolution
October 23: The Romantic Virtuoso: Schumann, Grieg, Liszt and Tchaikovsky
October 30: The Contemporary Concerto: From Prokoviev and Ravel to Arvo Part’s Credo


Series I Subscription:  $100   Drop in single classes $30


Session II: The History of the Symphony
November 6 – November 27

November 6: From Concerto Grosso to Haydn and Mozart
November 13: Beethoven’s Revolutions
November 20: Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rachmaninoff
November 27: The New World: From Dvorak to Leonard Bernstein


Series II Subscription:  $100   Drop in single classes $30


Early Bird Special for all eight classes
Purchase both series by September 1 for only $150! 

Registration Information and to Purchase Tickets please click here

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.

Petaluma Historical Museum ~ 20 Fourth Street ~ Petaluma, CA 94952 ~ (707) 778-4398

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