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Our River Town

Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Petaluma’s Historic Water Street Trestle

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to support the Petaluma Trolley & Living History Museum in its effort to preserve and rehabilitate the Petaluma downtown trestle, which runs along side of Petaluma River from the Yacht Club to the Balshaw Bridge. Since I have been blogging about places and events in Our River Town that are of historical significance, I thought I should act in a way that matches my mouth. This local railroad trestle certainly qualifies as a structure… Read More »

What Is Historical Significance?

Last month (July 8th), I posted a blog titled, “Our River Town’s Historical Significance,” which added a new theme to my Petaluma360 blog site. Some readers might ask, “How do we define historical significance?” One web site “Facing the Past-Shaping the Future” addresses that concern: “Historical significance is the process used to evaluate what was significant about selected events, people, and developments in the past. Historians use different sets of criteria to help them make judgments about significance. Significance has… Read More »

Organizations – Clubs – Lodges

Early Petalumans were fortunate to have many community groups created over the years to meet their personal  needs and interests. Section “K” of the 1855-1955 Centennial Edition of the Petaluma Argus-Courier identifies and describes briefly various non-commercial groups serving the needs of local residents in many different ways. Many of them are no longer active today.  (Date established in Petaluma) Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 30  (1854) Masonic Order, Petaluma Lodge No. 180  (1855) Royal Arch Masons, Chapter No. 22  (1858)… Read More »

Petaluma’s Future – Did It Turn Out This Way?

Petaluma’s Future – Did It Turn Out This Way?   Seventy-three years ago (1941), in the 85th Anniversary & Program Edition of the Petaluma Argus-Courier, an article titled: “The Future of Petaluma” contained the following information: * The Poultry Industry Is Here to Stay Because … Our climate is especially adopted to it Our soil is of the right type Our proximity to markets is a great factor Our poultry men know the game from experience, and their sons and… Read More »

It’s Not a Question of IF, But WHEN?

Today’s 6.1 earthquake answers the question; will another major earthquake strike Northern California and the Bay Area? This blog site created a special category – Emergency Preparedness” – eight years ago in 2006, that includes over 100 posts. They are still available to read, today. Just go to the index on the right. Click on “Emergency Preparedness” and scroll down to the date of these earlier blogs. 4-18-06   Then & Now #8 – It will happen again@ But when? 10-18-06  … Read More »

Let’s Crack Open Those Golden Nuggets

Although I’ve been promoting our local Historical Museum and Library as a community “Treasure Chest” filled with all kinds of “Golden Nuggets,” I now plan to crack open some of those nuggets and share their historic value with you, the readers of “Our River Town” blog. On a shelf in the Hoppy Hopkins Resource Library room on the second floor are Centennial Editions of three publications: * The Argus-Courier Centennial – 8/18/1955 * The Press Democrat Centennial – October 1956… Read More »

Historical Collections – So What?

It’s 4:30 a.m. – not another “significant” twilight moment, but important enough to keep one from going back to sleep. What’s the question? All these local historical collections in our libraries, museums, and homes – “So what?” Time and time again, I hear people say, “They take up space, no one ever looks at them, put them in storage.” If we do that, how will the current generation and future generations of “Our River Town” learn about its rich and… Read More »

Lest We Forget – Brainerd Jones

It was 21 years ago (1993) that we moved to Petaluma. It didn’t take too long for my wife, Connie, and me to become immersed in the history of Petaluma. This interest in the past of “Our River Town” is reflected in various blog themes: Petaluma History, Then & Now, Historical Significance, and more recently, Lest We Forget. Although a photograph of Brainerd Jones hangs on the wall of the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library I wonder how many current… Read More »

Our Cyberplace – Another Twilight Moment

Once again, around 6:00 a.m., another twilight moment occurred before I was fully awake. It centered on our community and how knowledgeable its citizens are about all the “good deed” activities, events, and projects that take place throughout the year that enhance and improve the quality of life in “Our River Town.” The Argus-Courier’s “Petaluma360″ web site is one such source for this information, but how many residents access it on a regular basis? How many people learn about these… Read More »

The Sages of Petaluma – Oral History Project

Over the past few weeks, my blogs have focused on promoting our Petaluma Historical Museum and Research Library as a local “Treasure Chest” that contains many “Golden Nuggets” that enrich the legacy of “Our River Town.” A discussion group of Petalumans, who were either born here or have lived in Petaluma for several years, has been meeting monthly at the Museum and sharing their personal memories of growing up, going to school, playing, working and living here. They’re known as… Read More »