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.
Speaker Series Featuring Lawrence DiStasi
Lawrence DiStasi has been the project director of the traveling exhibit Una Storia Segreta: When Italian Americans Were “Enemy Aliens” since its inception in 1994, shepherding it to more than 50 sites nationwide, and inspiring a national movement which resulted in Public Law #106-451: The Wartime Violation of Italian American Civil Liberties Act.
Thank You Refining Company Volunteers
The Martinez Museum would like to properly acknowledge the fine work performed by the many volunteers from Martinez Refining Company. So much beautiful paint was placed on the walls of the Museum over a period of Friday work sessions during a two month period in 2016.
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