Welcome

Who We Are

The Martinez Historical Society was created in 1973 to save this 1890 cottage and its site from becoming another parking lot in downtown Martinez. Convinced that our city's history deserved a repository where papers, documents, photographs and artifacts could be housed, we prevailed upon the City of Martinez to join with us in acquiring use of the "Borland House" for our purpose. A lease was obtained from the Contra Costa College District, and we took possession in February, 1974.

Martinez In Contra Costa

"Just thirty-five miles around the corner from San Francisco, where the waters from Suisun Bay and Carquinez Straits mingle, is Martinez, the county seat of Contra Costa. In traveling there by rail one follows the winding water front of Contra Costa from Berkeley to Martinez."

Mission Statement

To discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about and interest in the history of Martinez.

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