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The Petaluma Museum Association holds their Board Meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.  Public welcome.


2015 (Partial) Program of Public Service

Winter/Spring 2015 Exhibit:

January 8-25: 2nd Annual Children’s Art Show

Artist Reception – Sunday, January 11 2-4 pm  Music by the Petaluma Children’s Chorus, Directed by Sadie Sonntag.  Come see amazing art by children from Petaluma and surrounding areas.

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February 1 – April 26: Exhibit: “The Many Faces of Petaluma”

Web Version The Many Faces of Petaluma

February 6th, 6:30 pm
Black History Month Celebration 3rd Annual Jazz Concert

featuring local vintage jazz & blues group
The doRiaN Mode
$20 downstairs ($25 at door) $30 upstairs Refreshments served

February 14th, 8 pm Valentine’s Day Concert: Music inspired by love

North Bay’s beloved clarinetist, Roy Zajac, and celebrated soprano extraordinaire, Carol Menke, are joined by pianist Elizabeth Walter and violist Jennifer Sills to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Bruch
$25 advance/$30 at door

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

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.

Sunday, March 8th, 2:30 pm

Coro Allegro in Concert


Coro Allegro in Concert

The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation ‘s (NBICF) choral group, CORO ALLEGRO, has been in existence since 1985. It is a mixed-voices folkloristic group that is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Italian culture through popular music. Coro Allegro has performed at NBICF special events, such as Festa Italiana and at numerous concerts and Italian festivals throughout Northern California.

The Coro Allegro will be performing songs from all over Italy spanning the late 19th century to the late 1950’s.

 Saturday, March 14th, Noon to 6 pm

“A Celebration of Our Diverse Heritage”

Ballet Folklorico of Petaluma, Paquiyollotzin, Los Gu’Achis Band, Native Youth Pomo Dance Group, Jewish Music and ethnic foods.

Saturday, March 21st, 3 pm

“A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma”

Film by Bonnie Burt.

Comrades and Chicken Ranchers
Readings from Comrades and Chicken Ranchers by Kenneth L. Kann.
Books will be available for sale in our Gift Shop
Songs performed by Scott Gerber


Sunday, March 22nd, 2:30 pm

Holy Ghost Hall Petaluma
Holy Ghost Hall, Petaluma

Portuguese Celebration

Learn the history of the Petaluma Holy Ghost Hall, various Portuguese celebration & customs

Saturday, April 18, Noon: Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremony


Including presentations of the Good Egg Award and Parade Grand Marshall

Followed By:
Saturday, April 18, 1:30 pm “Reflections: a Look Back and Forward at our Community”

“Reflections: A Look Back and Forward at our  Community”. This is a time that all age groups are invited to share their experiences in Petaluma. Memories of growing up in Petaluma and the changes you have seen take place. Good and not so good memories of Petaluma. Everyone is welcome to participate. Kaye Chandler has agreed to video tape this event and John Crowley will be our moderator. This is a chance to record some of Petaluma’s history from the mouths of those who have lived it and to look at what the future holds for us through the eyes of our youth.

Free to all!

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April 30: Single Malt Tasting – (Scotch Tasting and Food Pairing)

Spring/Summer 2015 Exhibit:

May 3rd – July 26, 2015



This exhibit is about the men and women who have served in our military. Their triumphs in battle and for some, the fight to heal themselves of the psychological and emotional scars that are left behind when the military battles are over. The exhibit will include art created by veterans as a means of healing themselves from war related mental health challenges and veterans who paint, take pictures or sculpture for fun. You will hear veterans read their poetry and short stories and tell war stories. We will show two movies in honor of our veterans, display military uniforms and other artifacts of decorated officers, show the causes of war as illustrated by postage stamps, see and hear from local veterans and much more.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2:30 – Opening Reception

Kim Kelley

Music by Kim Kelley, accomplished singer and songwriter. She has been singing R & B, rock and country western since 1996. Kim has performed throughout the bay area. She has two videos, Home and We Can’t Forget that are dedicated to Vietnam Vets. Kim is a recent graduate of USC with a Masters Degree in Social Work concentrating on working with military veterans.
She is currently doing research with Veteran Health Research Institute of San Francisco, working out of the Veterans Home in Yountville.

Michael Pritchard

Michael Pritchard, our host for the evening, is a comedian, actor and keynote speaker. He has been billed with noted comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey, Whoopi Goldberg and the late Robin Williams. He has been featured on the “Tonight Show”, CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt and other national televised shows.

Monday, May 25th

Movies in Honor of Our Veterans – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Petaluma Christian Church
1160 Schuman Lane, Petaluma

11:00 a.m. “Dear America – Letters Home from Viet Nam”. This is a documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines during the Vietnam War to their families. The letters are read by actors.
1:30 p.m. – “Taking Chance”. This is a film based on real-life events when Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Starbucks Coffee Co. will provide coffee & refreshments.  Job applications will be on hand for veterans.  This event is Free and Open to the Public.


Tuesday, May 26th, 8pm
Sky Hill Cultural Alliance & The Petaluma Museum Association present:

Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis in Concert Performing the music of Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich and Scriabin.

Complimentary wine & cheese as well as freshly baked cookies from Carolyn’s Cookies.

Sunday, May 31 – 2:30 p.m.
Stories and Discussion from Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saturday, June 6th – 2:00 p.m.

Medal of Honor
Will Twomey will talk about the Medal of Honor, the nations’ highest award for bravery “above and beyond the call of duty.”  He will discuss its history, famous recipients, some of which are featured in our exhibit, and numerous other facts about the award.

Sunday, June 7th

Poetry and Short Stories by Veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

Saturday, June 20th – 2:00 p.m.

Matteri Postage Presentation

A video presentation with annotated stamps and images entitled “United States Navy Radioman – A Good Fist = Good at Morse Code” This is a story about a family member who was aboard the U.S.S. Salt Lake City days before Pearl Harbor when he took a very important radio message/orders. Those orders, an unforseen weather condition and a personal proclivity to seasickness changed the fate of the ship, the men aboard and his personal life forever. Ron will also talk about the power of revealing historical facts through the study of the commonly used stamps in varying war eras.

Saturday, June 27 – 2:30 p.m.

John Martini

Sea Coast Fortification – Presentation by John Martini, History of the Golden Gate’s Fortifications. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area contains an amazing collection of seacoast fortifications that offers examples of nearly every important development in military fortification from the Civil War to the Cold War.

Soldier Stories with John Martini

Sunday, June 28 – 2:30 p.m.

Frederik Penn

Buffalo Soldiers Presentation – Presentation by Park Ranger Frederik Penn on the Legend and the Legacy of the famous Buffalo Soldiers. The exhibit will include pictures and information about the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buffalo Soldiers with Park Ranger Frederik Penn

Saturday, July 4th
Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Gather on the Museum front steps for a Helen Putnam tradition.  Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade in the Garden Court.  Stephen Moore, Veteran, will then share his story of how his Service Dog helps him.

Sunday, July 19 – 2:30 p.m.

Female Vets discuss their experiences in the service and serving during war time and peace, the recent changes in the role of women in the military and more.

Monday, July 27 – 7:30 p.m.

Gottschalk in Petaluma!  150 Year Commemorative Concert

Pianists Marilyn Thompson and Antonio Iturrioz will perform two-hand and four-hand pieces by Gottschalk

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August 6th to September 20th
Ripples and Reflections – a Petaluma River Exhibit

River Reflections
Photo Credit: Mary Rowe

There has always been recreational use on the Petaluma River, but the last 30 years has seen a large increase in recreational activity.  Rowing clubs, pleasure boats, kayaks, paddleboards, just to name a few.  Learn more about our past and present use of the River . . . Petaluma’s longest park.  Come visit the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum’s latest exciting exhibit opening Thursday, August 6th, 2015.

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Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

Saturday, September 19th – 7:30 p.m.
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble will play a wide variety of ancient to modern Klezmer and Israeli music.

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Sunday, September 27, 2-4 pm

El Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Workshop

Saturday, October 3, 6-8 pm

El Dia de los Muertos Artist Reception.
Featuring the work of Latino Artists in the Bay Area, music and food.
Free admission – Donations welcome!

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Thursday, October 15, 6-8 pm
Mezcal Tasting/Pairing.

Ticketing information to come.

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Friday, October 16, 6-9 pm

El Dia de los Muertos Poetry of Remembrance – Including poets and community readers.  Potluck dinner

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Saturday, October 17th 10:30 a.m.
Annual Cemetery Tour
Check back for details

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Sunday, November 1, 2-8 pm

El Día de los Muertos Candlelight Procession.  Procession route ends at the Museum

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Sunday, November 29
Navarro Trio Concert

Violinist Victor Romasevich, cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel and pianist Marilyn Thompson performing chamber music.

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Sunday, December 6, 3:00 p.m.
Renaissance Christmas Concert

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Sunday, December 13, 3:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Children’s Choir Christmas Concert

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Thursday, December 31st
New Years Eve Concert





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