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Our River Town

Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

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 »

Another Twilight Moment – My Fellow Bloggers

It’s 4:00 a.m. – another twilight moment. is about to occur. It isn’t about “Our River Town;” it’s about “my fellow bloggers” on Petaluma360. For some unknown reason I envisioned we were all in the same room, listening to one another as we shared our individual thoughts about why we post blogs about the various topics or themes that we create.   It isn’t the money; because as far as I know, we’re not being paid to post our thoughts.… Read More »

Lest We Forget – Lyman Byce

Incubator L

Although his name is well known in “Our River Town,” how much do current Petalumans really know about Lyman Byce? Most readers will respond, “he built the first incubator.” However, are there other tidbits of information we should be aware of? An article in the Argus-Courier’s Centennial Edition (Section 4G), reports the following: “Byce was the son of a Canadian poultryman and had experimented with various forms of incubators, as well as many other devices and inventions, before arriving here.”… Read More »

More Historical Significance Thoughts

Last week (7-8-2014), the first blog that focused on the use of the term “historical significance” was posted. Since then, I have also conducted an Internet search for “historical significance,” and guess what – I found a link to “Richmond, VA.: A City of Historical Significance.” This, in turn, led me to think about  a new series of blogs related to “Our River Town” and past people, places, and events that were important in the history of Petaluma (translation –… Read More »

Our River Town’s Historical Significance

Another personal twilight moment: one that I hope will be one of  “historical significance.” Coincidently, it occurred the day after another event of “historical significance” in the history of our nation – the United Sates of America. Why have I repeated the use of the phrase “historical significance” four times, so far, in today’s blog? Regular readers know that my recent theme for this blog site titled, “Our River Town” has focused on the historical treasure chest that our local… Read More »

Happy Birthday America

At today’s bell ringing ceremony,on the steps of our Petaluma Historical Museum, guest blogger Jack  Withington gave me this message posted on Facebook by Sgt Major (Retired) Al McClymonds, a 1959 graduate of Petaluma High School. Please consider it as “food for thought” on this significant historical day in our country’s history. “Tomorrow, July 4th, I will be celebrating my birthday. Not as a German-American, French-American, African-American, Italian-American, Gay or Straight-American or as any other type of hyphenated American. I… Read More »