As we continue to search for a new theme or series of “our River Town” blog site on, we revisited Petaluma’s “Treasure Chest,” aka the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library.  In addition to the “golden nuggets” found in the Hoppy Hopkins Memorial Research Library, there are several exhibits and displays worth calling your attention to, and hopefully motivate you to visit and see in person.

 As you wander around the second floor, in addition to the beautiful glass dome, you will find displays about:

* John A. McNear – one of Petaluma’s most influential and successful men.

* George P. McNear – who became one of  the foremost business men in the history of California.

* Map Display, 1855-1930.

* Henry Schluckebier, local merchant and baker.

* Brainerd Jones – architect.

* Architectural photos of local buildings, homes, and schools.

* Harrison Mechan and John Denman – early settlers and ranchers.

* The Petaluma Poultry Industry

* Coast Miwok Indians

* The Petaluma River

On April 17, 2014, a new exhibit will open on the first floor titled, “Watershed Moments-From the River to the Sea.” Since the space available for our blog isn’t sufficient to do justice to the historical information that these displays preserve for all Petalumans to read, the Museum is open to the public: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday Noon – 3:00 p.m., corner of 4th & B Streets.




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