UNDER THE ARCH
                                                          News from the Museum on Main
                                                         The Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society
                                                             603 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566

      Enriching Community Life Through
          Education and Preservation                       Fall/Winter 2009             Volume 1, Issue 5

A Lifetime of Memories
A while back there was a greeting card commercial in which a voice-over said, and we paraphrase, “When Mrs.
Jones sat Barbara and Verna next to each other in kindergarten, she didn’t realize she began a lifetime friend-
ship.” But in this case, Verna Delucchi and Barbara Lanini, now Verna Garibaldi and Barbara Wolfenberger,
knew their parents were friends, and they played together before they started school. Today, these two women,
now both 85 years young, are two of the Amador Livermore Valley Historical Society’s Museum on Main out-
standing volunteer archivists and docents. They can be found almost weekly in the archive room going through
photos, labeling them, discussing their contents and in many cases recalling memories of the people, places or
events pictured.

                                                       Verna Garibaldi, left, and Barbara Wolfenberger
                                                       have decades of volunteering on
                                                       Friday afternoons at the museum.

                                                       Photo by Pat Lane

Everybody Walked
Some of Verna’s youthful memories include walking everywhere in a much smaller Pleasanton, the joys of play-
ing outdoors and making up games and the rules as she and her friends went along. Then, too, there was going
to the Italian vegetable farm in the field behind Amador Valley High School for fresh produce and also being
able to take the Western Pacific train to the Oakland Mole and then the ferry to San Francisco for Senior Sneak
         After high school graduation in 1942, Verna became a legal secretary and soon became a familiar face at
the old Justice court on Neal Street. Even today, she keeps her fingers in doing the books for Terra Bella Farms,
on the Foothill Road property of her former boss, the late Judge William “Bill” Gale. Now widowed, Verna was
married for 57 years to Pleasanton born and raised George Garibaldi, who served as an Alameda County deputy
sheriff at Santa Rita Jail for 30 years. Together, they raised daughter, Kathryn, and son, James. Verna enjoys life
with her family that includes five grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Michael, Molly and Makenna. Verna has
resided in her home on downtown’s Vervais Street for 64 years. It is the second house she has ever lived in and
just around the corner from where she was raised on Stanley Boulevard.
         Although born in a Hayward maternity hospital in Hayward, Barbara Wolfenberger came home with
her parents to Pleasanton and has lived here ever since. As did her friend, Verna, she attended Pleasanton Gram-
mar School (K-8) and Amador Valley Joint Union High School. (9-12), class of 1942, as the schools were for-
merly known. The grammar school was located at First and Minnie streets, the current site (continued on page 4)
                   Museum on Main Falls Into Action
                      By Board President Rebecca Bruner
                      This fall was definitely busy for the Museum on Main! We started with our Hollywood in Plea-
                      santon event with four films reenacted. The museum became a theater playing silent movies
                      and hosting Abbott and Costello on the radio performing their famous “Who’s On First.” The
                      museum now has its own silent film of local performers in Tom Sawyer!! The funeral scenes in
                      the move were actually filmed in the church where the original was filmed. We plan to move the
                      event to spring and are seeking private and/or corporate sponsors for the event. We hope to have
    Rebecca Bruner a filmmaking contest (silent and talkies) for various ages to add to the fun. Contact me if you are
                      interested in participating or know a funding source.
    Our second event—Brothels, Bar Rooms and Bandits—took us back to the 1890s with the Senior Center trans-
    formed into a saloon. The gaming tables, provided by the Lions Club, kept busy all evening; Greg Creighton
    loaned us his craps table and expertise to run the game. The outstanding entertainers were: Don Lewis, Jill Vel-
    linger, Sandra Lepley, Doug Linman, Bonnie Green, Paula Wujak and Debra Knox provided music. Also ‘Teddy
    Roosevelt’ Fred Rutledge and ‘Black Bart’ Ken MacLennan. The food, catered by The Hop Yard Ale house was
    outstanding. George Hearst (Brad Hirst) and his wife Phoebe (Margene Rivara) and son Wm. Randolph Hearst
    (Lou Rivara) were dressed to the nines as were many of the museum volunteers and guests. We have already
    scheduled this event for next year—Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010—because it was a very successful fund raiser.
       We just completed our annual Ghost Walks, again a great success that brings hundreds into the museum and
    downtown Pleasanton. The walks take guests to numerous sites that have experienced ‘ghostly’ activity and
    there’s lots of history with the eerie stories told.
       Thank you to all the volunteers, board members and staff who made these events so successful. We value all of
    you and your expertise. I hear over and over again that volunteering at the museum is so much fun. If you haven’t
    tried it, come on down. We can always use another helping hand. My thanks to Hollywood in Pleasanton vol-
    unteers: Actors Bev Anglin; Avari Barnett; Kelli Brown; Tom Bruner; Rob Campbell; Luke Darga; Chuck Deckert;
    Lester Dissels; Whitney Herne; Ann Marie Itamura; Mr & Mrs Eric & Edgar Karimi; Savannah Marquez;
    Janine, Noelle & Rachel Mattison; Maryam Mohseni; Bryan & Nicole Moran; Giorgio Navarini; Adam & Con-
    nor Ochs; Thomas Ostermeyer; Carter Person; Drew Reitz; Austin Riley; Eddie Rivera; Adam Schmit; Hannah
    Schott; Adam Siegel; Jessica Svandsgaard; Jerry Thorne; Lena Twarowski; Roz Wright. Directors: Debra Knox;
Jill Vellinger; Rob Woodworth; Dave Wright. Camera work: Michael Bruner. Behind-the-scenes: Julie Eckroat; Lisa
Hildebrand; Judy Holzen; Bob & Pat Lane; Alan McGee; Bruce & Patti Takens; Bob & Sarah Warnick.
    Ghost Walk volunteers: Bev Anglin; Suzanne Aziz; Pete Bailey; Jack Batcheller; Leslie Braga; Michael & Tom
Bruner; Jan Caine; Kelly Cousins; Fran Cassell; Louise Davis; Chuck Deckert; Mary Ann Duley; Mike Faber; Lloyd
Felix; Jack Harrington; Tom Hervey; Mike, Franci & Kevin Hettenbach; Kimberly Holst; Dave & Evonne Hopkins;
Rosemary Hosterman; Bill & Ellen Lathlean; Jen Meyer; Bryan Moran; Paul Padavana; Richard Patenaude; Lou Ri-
vara; Valerie Rossman; Garry & Chris Samuels; Ted & Irma Slage; Jay Springarn; Reyne Stultz; Larry Valenzin; and,
Sarah Warnick. Special thanks to: Terri Carlson, Milfleur; Judy Wheeler, Towne Hall Books; the Rose Hotel; Plea-
santon Hotel; and, Gay 90s Pizza.
    Brothels, Bar Rooms and Bandits volunteers: Auction Participants and Sponsors: Alexanders Fine Art Gallery;
Jim Allen; Angela Aloise, RPM Mortgage; Pete Bailey; Jan & Jack Batcheller; Blue Agave; Rebecca Bruner, ReMax
Accord; Tom Bruner; Carmel Valley Ranch Resort; PF Chang; Clover Creek; Crooked Vine Winery; Gary & Nancy
Dewees; Mike Faber; Farmer Restaurant; Frankie, Johnny & Luigi; Joel Gelderman; Jack Harrington; Claudia Hess;
Lisa Hildebrand; Jim’s Restaurant; Jim Hoge; Charles & Kay Huff; Lion’s Club; Tony Macchiano; Meadowlark
Dairy; Pat Lane; Otis Nostrand; Oakland A’s; Primrose Bakery; Retzlaff Winery; Rose Hotel; Rotary Club of Plea-
santon; SF Giants; Bob Silva; Patti & Bruce Takens; Valley Community Bank; Wente Winery; Vic’s All Star
Kitchen; Dave & Roz Wright. Actors and volunteers: Tom Bruner; Boyd Burt; Chuck Deckert; Mike Faber; Nelson
Fialho; Joel Gelderman; Jim Gulseth; Jack Harrington; Claudia Hess; Lisa Hildebrand; Brad Hirst; Jim Hoge; Charles
& Kay Huff; Ron & Lety Hyde; Lee & Barb Kiplinger; Bob & Pat Lane; Christi Mariani; Gary Meek; Richard
Patenaude; Ron Peterson; Bill & Marlene Rebello; Lou & Margene Rivara; Jerry & Sandi Thorne; Bruce & Patti
Takens; Winnie Takens; Victoria Torey; Jill Vellinger; Bob & Sarah Warnick; Gary Winter; Rob Woodworth; Dave
& Roz Wright. Others: Jo Betty Allen; Ann Anderson; Leslie Braga; Bill & Fran Cassell; Greg Creighton; Jim &
Joanie Fields; Shelby McNamara. Dave & Roz Wright. Special thanks to Karen Wilson-Bonnar for her graphics for
all of these events.

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                                                                                            Bill and Marlene Rebello
         From left, Sandra and Brad Hirst, Barbara and Frank Berlogar


  Photos by Chuck Deckert

                                                                         Mike Faber, left, Nelson Fialho and Jim Gulseth

                                                                                                  Patti Takens & Lisa Hildebrand
                                                                        Don & Julie Lewis

     Backing Jim Hoge are, from left, Kelly Cousins,
     Kris Jarvis, Ann Montgomery, Janet Burton

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     “There have been some changes made” and when all
     the parts are put together, it will make for a fun
     evening 6-10 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010. After
     a one-year recess, it is the return of the Pleasanton’s
     Museum on Main its third annual fund raising, Wines
     and Valentines Dinner and Two-Bit Auction.
         The location is the same: the newly renovated Plea-
     santon Hotel, now home to the Farmer Restaurant.
     Charges for the party feature a reduced cost of $85 per
     person and a choice of three entrée selections with
     coordinated wines for every course as selected by
     Chef Bert G. Ortiz. Trays of appetizers will be served
     during the 6-7 p.m. no-host cocktail hour. At dinner,
     Chef Ortiz will speak on why each wine was chosen
     from the restaurant’s wine list and how each comple-
     ments what is being served. (See entrée choices below)
        Between courses and the chef’s commentaries, the
     Wines and Valentines’ traditional Two-Bit Auction
     will occur; bring your supply of quarters for this al-
     ways fun time; a limited number of quarters will be
     sold during this time. A voice auction will round out
     the evening with proceeds from both going toward                                            Artwork by Karen Wilson-Bonnar
     the museum’s Board of Directors approved projects.
        Paid reservations are being taken for this fun-filled
     Valentine’s Day event, that incidentally would make a
     wonderful Christmas present to be collected on
     February 13. To reserve, contact the museum at
     462.2766 or in person at 603 Main Street. Credit                                         Artwork by Karen Wilson-Bonnar
     cards or cash are acceptable; make checks payable to Museum on Main. Also, if you wish to be seated with a pre-
arranged group, let us know. As always, we will make an effort to accommodate all requests. Reservation deadline is
February 5, 2010. Pat Lane is chair of the event, assisted by Sandi Thorne and Sarah Warnick.
Entrée choices to consider when making reservations are:
Baked Filet of Sole, stuffed with crab and shrimp, with a chardonnay cream sauce with rice pilaf and vegetables accompaniment;
Old Fashioned Fried Chicken served with mashed potatoes, country gravy and vegetables; or,
Vegetarian Spaghettini Pasta tossed with tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.
A tossed salad with choice of dressing, delicious bread, dessert, coffee or tea are also included with each entrée.

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of Pleasanton School district facilities. Minnie Street, a gravel country road, is now paved and called Bernal Avenue.
Baseball on First Street
Among Barbara’s childhood memories is playing baseball in the street….on now busy First Street. In those days, it did
not connect to Stanley Boulevard, but ended at the Arroyo. She also remembers never locking doors and the fun of
small town life where everybody seemed to know everybody and “your mother knew what you had done before you
got home.” Following World War II, Barbara married Joe Wolfenberger, whose family had moved to Pleasanton
during the 1930’s Depression. Joe was a crane operator at the Lone Star gravel operation off Stanley Boulevard. Bar-
bara and Joe raised a family of four children: Joe, Steven, Alan and Joan in their home on First Street where Barbara,
now a widow, has resided since 1950. Her family includes eight grandchildren: Tom, Gina, Barry, Steven, Dori, Scott,
Bryan, Daniel and Kimberly and six great-grandchildren. As her children grew up and left home, Barbara began work
as a church secretary at Pleasanton’s Presbyterian Church (now Centerpoint). She retired after 20 years.
        Both women were honored by representatives of the Board of Directors, museum staff and fellow volunteers
on their 85th birthdays. The joint affair was held in August at the Farmer Restaurant at the Pleasanton Hotel.
                                                                                                              By Pat Lane

                           Page 4                                                   Pleasanton‘s Museum on Main Newsletter
 Museum Welcomes New Executive Director: Jim DeMersman
 Jim DeMersman, Museum on Main’s new Executive Director, never recovered from a history bug bite years ago. It
 happened on a visit to Gettysburg with his grandparents when he was eight years old, later prompting a high
 school guidance counselor to suggest he pursue a degree in business administration. “He told me you can teach or
 go into pre-law with a history degree, neither of which appealed to me,” recalls Jim, who earned a bachelor’s de-
 gree with a double major in business administration and history from Houghton College in New York. “It was a
 college counselor, who mentioned a career in museums and and encouraged me to add the history major.”
           His first job, but three miles from home, found him at
 Genesse Country Museum in Rochester, NY preparing artifacts for
 exhibition, maintaining historic buildings and rooms, interpreting
 the site, and developing and implementing education programs for
 students. “What they did was move old structures onto a historic
 site in a town setting and restore them. It was an architectural
 petting zoo,” he explains. “It’s really an antiseptic way of looking
 at history because the buildings are pretty, the lawns are mowed
 and there’s no poop in the streets.”
           Shortly, Jim accepted the responsibilities of Curator/
 Director of Education for Historic Speedwell Village in Morris-
 town, NJ, adding exhibition design and volunteer recruitment to
 his resume. Curiosity about what lay beyond the east coast led him
 to Pueblo, Colorado and an Education Director position at the                        Executive Director Jim DeMersman
 Rosemount Victorian House. Three years later, Jim was Executive
 Director of the 37-room mansion;, managing staff, volunteers, a           From the Executive Director’s desk:
 budget, collections and writing grants, doing marketing and                           I recently attended the annual meeting of the
 public relations.                                                         Western Museums Association in San Diego and our quar-
           Then, the National Trust for Historic Preservation in           terly California Association of Museum’s Board of Direc-
 Washington, C.D. called. As Assistant Director of the Woodrow             tors meeting. The theme of this year’s conference was Ris-
 Wilson House Museum, Jim also got a taste of life in our nation’s         ing Tides: Sustainable Practices, Green and Beyond. Many
 capital plus an invitation to lunch with other museum directors           of the conversations with my colleagues revolved around
 and Barbara Bush in the White House. “I was glad I knew what              the difficult time that non-profits, and in particular, muse-
 knife to use,” laughs the 52-year-old whose hobbies include travel,       ums are living in right now. Many of us are taking a hard
 wine and gourmet cooking. “But really, Washington was a great             look at what we are doing, how we have been doing it and
 place to live….for awhile.”                                               retooling our organizations to be “meaner and leaner” in
           Jim admits his earlier Colorado employment spoiled him,         order to survive. We are finding that there are fewer mem-
 effectively converting a native easterner into a westerner with its       bers, fewer people attending events and programs, and
 slower change of pace, relaxed attitudes and different perceptions.       fewer funders for major projects that will enhance the work
           No less important was going to work as the Director of the      of the museum. The sessions dealt with subjects like audi-
 Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. “It was like myth versus              ence development, budget management, personnel issues
 reality, there,” he shares. “People came with perception of who           because of cutbacks and furloughs, marketing in tough
 Molly Brown was. What they found was what she was really like.            times, strategic planning and reorganization. It was not
 There were no silver dollars in the floors, the house was modest,”        one of the happier annual conferences I have ever attended.
 not at all in tune with Broadway shows and movies about the so-           But even in those low hanging clouds, there were still rays
 called Unsinkable Molly Brown.                                            of hope and sunshine as we listened to stories of success
           Two years later, the Hi-Desert Museum in Yucca Valley,          from organizations that have redefined who they are and
 CA beckoned with similar responsibilities, including development          what they are doing. Ever the eternal optimist, I tend to
 and management of an Elderhostel program and serving as liaison           look at these times as an opportunity in the face of mount-
 to auxiliary and community groups. This livelihood led to becom-          ing challenges.
 ing Community Services Department manager for the town. Now                           Here at MOM, we have some of those success
 added was oversight of the recreation department with youth and           stories to share. We have an extremely competent Board of
 adult sports, trips, contract classes, day camps, teen activities, spe-   Directors who have done an excellent job of managing the
 cial events and supervising none permanent, eight part-time and           assets of this organization. While we have had a decline in
 25 seasonal employees.                          (continued on page 6)     membership renewals, we continue (continued on page 7)

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                                               By then, Jim had a partner, Richard Patenaude, whose immedi-
                                      ate family obligations required he return to his hometown, Hayward. It
                                      turned out to be another fortuitous time as Jim was hired to be Execu-
                                      tive Director of the Hayward Area Historical Society. “The board there
                                      was ready to make changes,” he says. “I was in the right place at the
                                      right time.” Indeed, Jim led the Society to its next level, from beings its
                                      lone fulltime employee to six fulltime and three part-time employees,
                                      from a $125,000 annual budget and no endowment to a $1.2 million
                                      budget and a $14 million endowment. He left after a decade with the
                                      thought that it was time for someone else to see where he/she could go.
                                      While there, Jim received the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Chair-
                                      man’s Award.
                                               Jim applied with the Museum on Main when it posted the
                                      Executive Director position several years ago but before he received an
                                      offer to interview, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland
                                      phoned with its Executive Director opening. He accepted the position
                                      but it was not the right fit. “I’m a museum guy and not a rental facility
                                      manager,” says Jim, whose professional activities include memberships
                                      and several board position in the American Association of Museum,
                                      American Association for State and Local History, National Trust for
                                      Historic Preservation, Western Museums Association and the California
                                      Association of Museums.
                                               When MOM phoned again, Jim was more than ready, eager to
                                      return to a community-based museum and in Pleasanton, yet. His praise
  Pleasanton’s Museum on Main         for the board, the community and the city almost has no bounds. Jim
        presented its first           appreciates the high value the residents place on their quality of life here
                                      and is anxious to provide them with a first-class museum.
       William Apperson                        And, rather than equating his many moves with being a
          Scholarship                 wanderer, it seem fair to consider them necessary occupational steps
last spring to Frank Wei, pictured    that would be required of any MOM Executive Director who would
above with his parents. During his    seek to ensure all residents know about the museum, increase its
                                      membership, provide educational programs for all ages, thereby turning
     four high school years, he
                                      a place into a family institution.
     volunteered weekly at the                 “I want the museum to be for kids of all ages, where they can
              museum.                 have fun and not be put to sleep, to have it be a part of the community,”
                                      he says, noting many of Pleasanton’s residents are new to the area and
   Frank is now a freshman at the     likely to be unfamiliar with their Main Street building. “I’m just thrilled
      University of California at     to be here. I told the executive board that interviewed me this is my last
    Berkeley, majoring in physics     job. I want to be in a place where I can accomplish things.”
  engineering with a career goal of                                              Photo by Kris Jarvis; Text By Sarah Warnick
‘engineering in physics,’ according
 to his mother. She added, ”He is a
  great son whose personality his     (continued from page 5)
                                      ….to bring new members into MOM. Our events, particularly Paint the Town, Brothels, Bar
    father and I really enjoy. This
                                      Rooms and Bandits and the Ghost Walks have all been successful fundraisers. Our volunteer
   semester he has returned home      corps continues to grow and astound me with the level of commitment and dedication offered
        about once a month.”          by its members at all different sorts of projects. There is an amazing “can do” spirit that per-
                                      vades this organizational psyche. So, even in the midst of these hard times, it is a wonderful
Frank’s parents are Changfu Wei       time to join MOM. Many of the ideas raised by colleagues at the meeting will come in handy as
and Gangli Wang of Pleasanton.        we start our journey here developing new audiences, creating new programs and starting to
                                      form a new vision for the museum of the future in Pleasanton.             (continued next page)
       Museum on Main photo

                    Page 6                                                           Pleasanton‘s Museum on Main Newsletter
 Jennifer Amiel Joins Museum Staff Jennifer Amiel groans when she hears someone say they don’t know
                                                       about the Museum on Main. She won’t for long because her goal is to en-
                                                       sure they learn about it through programs with specific outreach to
                                                       families. “We have a great opportunity to reach out to new audiences,
                                                       namely families and young adults,” says Jennifer, the new Education/
                                                       Volunteer Director for the museum she calls the ‘gem’ on Main Street.
                                                                She knows the tours with school children are already a big plus
                                                       for MOM, recalling one session with third graders when they grew ex-
                                                       cited to learn how Pleasanton got its name, saying, “It was a mistake,
                                                                With her strong desire to increase educational endeavors, she
                     Jennifer Amiel                    silences thoughts of there not being enough room. “You just need to be
 Jennifer Amiel with how you use the space. And there is room,” she argues, citing First Wednesdays and Paint
 the Town as examples where participants were on the front lawn and down Main Street. “Education is not lim-
 ited by walls.” To Jennifer, it is important to recognize that people learn in a variety of ways. Some learn best by
 listening, some by reading and others learn best by doing (kinesthetically). She strives to provide access points
 for learning by providing material and information through a variety of access points.
          Though she could have taught, the Los Angeles native didn’t see herself in a classroom when selecting a
 career after earning two degrees. A self-titled lifelong learner, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
 with an emphasis on Archaeology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996, a Master of Arts in
 Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 2001. (She also studied Essentials of Marketing from the
 University of California at Berkeley Extension just last year.)
          In 1997, she moved to Tel Aviv and became an executive assistant and office manager for P.W.S. Israel,
 managing its daily office schedule, meeting and travel calendars for international insurance brokers covering
 reinsurance for property, art, ransom and athletic personal injury policies of $3 plus million American dollars,
 besides managing all incoming correspondences and drafting all outgoing correspondence, including
          She also found time to connect with relatives there, further develop her love of history and meet her fu-
 ture husband, Meir Amiel. They moved to the states when Jennifer entered graduate school. She interned at the
 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) in the Museum Programs Department and in the Education
 Department at the Oakland Museum. While serving on the board and being Program Development Committee
 Co-Chairperson at the Valley Children’s Museum, she also worked as Museum Programs Manager, Public
 Programs Division at LHS. She developed, budgeted and implemented educational programs for various age
 groups, including on-site programs, external community events, annual/seasonal programs and daily presenta-
          Jennifer left work when she became a fulltime mother of two: Benjamin, now 5, and Maya, 3. She says
 her job then – and now – is playing Candy Land as well as Chutes and Ladders but adds she is seeking a
 publisher for a book she wrote about a 13-year-old daughter of an archeologist. “It’s a middle grade adventure
 story,” she explains, laughing about penning it in her free time.
          In her heart, Jennifer always knew she wanted to work with a non-profit in an educational field but
 didn’t find the right fit until Pleasanton and the potential at the museum. “The volunteers here are outstanding
 with the amount of time and the dedication they give,” she says. “And, it is important to have archives (for the
 residents). There are 68,000 people here who have reason to connect with and enjoy their experience at the
 Museum on Main.”                                                                 Photo by Kris Jarvis; Text by Sarah Warnick

 (continued from page 6)
 What can you do as MOM members friends There are several ways to stay engaged. Please renew your membership; those dollars are crucial to
 maintaining a stable financial base. Take part in the many events offered, including lectures, programs and special events. There are many different
 things for people with different interests. Tell your friends about the museum. Lastly, I would love to hear from you about your ideas for a reinvigo-
 rated museum and what that would look like to you. I cannot promise that we will be able to do it all right away, but it would certainly be helpful
 for the board and staff to have those ideas as we set about our planning efforts. I hope that you will spread the good news about the good work that
 is being done at YOUR museum.                                                                                                 By Jim De Mersman

Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                                                  Page 7
                                                                                  Pleasanton’s Museum on Main
                                                                                        Board of Directors
From the Curator’s Corner
Ken MacLennan                                                                                 Officers
                                                                                    Rebecca Bruner, president
                                                                                    Roz Wright, vice president
If you haven’t had a chance to see our fall exhibit, Lights! Camera!                  Julie Eckroat, secretary
Pleasanton? There’s still plenty of time to do so. Our celebration of                   Jim Hoge, treasurer
moviemaking in Pleasanton from the silent era to the present day                     Jim Allen, past president
will be on display through January 17, 2010. The exhibit features nu-
merous production and publicity stills of films made in Pleasanton                            Members
                                                                                              Gary Alt
and the performers who appeared in them—Mary Pickford in Rebecca
                                                                                           Bill Apperson
of Sunnybrook Farm, Jackie Coogan in Peck’s Bad Boy, Abbott and                              Pete Bailey
Costello in It Ain’t Hay, and many others. The exhibit also features                       Jan Batcheller
some of our newest collections acquisitions, including two early edi-                     Chuck Deckert
tions of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, graciously donated by Cheree                           Mike Faber
Heathershaw—one copy featuring stills from the Pickford film.                               Charles Huff
                                                                                          Sandra Jellison
                                                                                              Pat Lane
Meanwhile, we’re planning next spring’s exhibit. The Horse, of Course!
                                                                                          Otis Nostrand
will explore the horse’s role in the history of the Amador-Livermore                        Patti Takens
Valley from the arrival of the Spanish up to the present—vaqueros                          Sandi Thorne
and cowboys, horse races and rodeos, stage coaches and Seabiscuit.                        Sarah Warnick
The scheduled opening date is Wednesday, March 10—St. Patrick’s
Day—keep your evening free for the reception.                                                   Staff
                                                                                Jim DeMersman, executive director
                                                                            Jennifer Amiel, education/volunteer director
                                                                                     Kris Jarvis, office manager
                                                                                      Ken MacLennan, curator

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