My last blog (June 21st) featured the availability of the Argus-Courier’s 85th Anniversary Progress Edition in the Hoppy Hopkins Research Room of the Petaluma Historical Museum (4th & B Streets). My thanks to Nancy Wilson, a docent from the Petaluma Library (100 Fairground Drive), who sent me the following e-mail:

“There is no need to wait till a Thursday to read this or any of the other special editions of the Argus. The History Room at the Petaluma Library has all of them, and they are available to read any time the library is open. There are docents in the History Room on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1-4 and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:45, but the Reference librarians will bring down material for patrons to look at during other hours. This includes virtually every item in the History Room collection, but the patron must know the name and  all number he wants.”

For example, the call number for the 85th Centennial edition is – Petaluma History R 979.418 Petaluma. Date: May 9, 1941.

“There is an excellent guide available in the History Room that will help a researcher access the collection from a home computer. 33,000 photographs can be viewed online and printed at home too.”

So, readers, Petaluma has another “History Treasure Chest” with all sorts of “Golden Nuggets.” Be sure to drop by and check out this collection.

P.S. The Petaluma Library History Room may be accessed online, from home, at:


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