Community Outreach

The Museum not only preserves our heritage through its exhibits, publications, collections, and research facilities, but also by providing programs for connecting past and present.

We participate in many local public events in partnership with the City of Healdsburg, the Chamber of Commerce, the Healdsburg Branch of the Sonoma County Library and the Sonoma County Wine Library, the Healdsburg Senior Center, the Healdsburg Branch of the American Association of University Women's annual Healdsburg Homes Tour, and many other non-profits. Our annual “Historic Preservation Awards” recognize owners of well-maintained historic residences and commercial buildings.

2019 Family History Essay Winners

2019 Family History Essay Winners


The Museum offers docent led school tours by appointment, tailored to fit the grade level, with a History Hunt of the current exhibition.

Each spring the Museum hosts its Family History Essay Challenge open to all local 2nd - 8th graders.  The essays are based upon interviews of an older family member to capture family history. The winning students are celebrated at the Museum with certificates and cash prizes.  Their essays are then displayed for several months at both the Museum and the Healdsburg Public Library.

For several years the Museum in the Classroom program presented by Museum volunteers focused on teaching third graders about local Native American history.  These materials are now available to classroom teachers.  A new Museum in the Classroom program on the history of Healdsburg will be introduced in the fall of 2019.

oak mound cemetery

The Museum’s two year project to clean up and restore the Pioneer Section of Oak Mound Cemetery and its iconic Leda and the Swan fountain came to fruition in 2017 thanks to the many generous donors of money, time and materials.  The Museum will continue to lead the effort to maintain this important part of Healdsburg’s history.

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