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We Had a Great 2016 Docent Mixer!

On Sunday January 31st, the docents of the Alameda Museum met for a training and luncheon at the museum with the Board of Directors. The luncheon, catered by Juanita’s on Park Street, was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better and connect. Twenty-eight volunteers were present, some of whom who […]

Ambrotype of William W Chipman

William Worthington Chipman – Alameda’s co-founder

William Worthington Chipman was born in 1820 in Vermont and grew up in Ohio, where he served as a school principal and studied law. In 1850, he came to San Francisco (via Panama) and set up a “Reading Room and Intelligence Office,” with newspapers from many cities as well as a register of “miners and […]


Carriage House Progress

Museum Director Jim Smallman was kind enough to create this brief presentation about the renovation of the Carriage House at the Meyers House and Garden. With many photos, the presentation charts the progress from inception to completion. Please click below to open the PDF in your browser or download it to your computer. MHG Carriage […]

Curator George Gunn, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese in the renovated carriage house at the Meyers House and Garden

Meyers Carriage House Rededicated

Nearly forty contributors and supporters gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Carriage House in the Gardens of the Meyers House this past Sunday afternoon. Led by Board President (and Alameda Sun co-Publisher) Dennis Evanosky, the event featured a Proclamation from Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, remarks and thanks from Curator George Gunn, and delicious homemade refreshments. Among […]

Alameda Legacy Home Tour

Alameda Legacy Home Tour 2015

The Alameda Legacy Home Tour is coming up, Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM. It’s a self-guided tour featuring five period homes and a church. Participants will partake of exterior charms, lush garden settings, and beautiful interiors in this offering of spectacular dwellings. Come celebrate the history of our island city. Tickets are […]


City Council Report 2015

Board President Dennis Evanosky presented the Museum’s Annual Report to the Alameda City Council on Thursday evening, July 16, 2015. In his 15 minute report, Dennis covered our progress over the past year, including major renovations at the Meyers House, a tour behind the scenes in the Museum archives, the Museum’s ongoing needs for conservation […]


Railroaders Once Called East End Home

At least eighteen railroad men lived in the neighborhood that surrounded South Pacific Coast Railroad’s High Street Station. They included six brakemen. Charles Deal and his stepson Edward Hein both did this very dangerous job. They lived at 3227 Monroe St. (today’s Encinal Avenue). Brakeman Harry Pennock lived at 3214 Monroe St. just across the […]

Swearing in of the 2015 Board. From left to right: Mayor Trish Spencer, Board President Dennis Evanosky, Vice President Johanna Hall, Adam Gillitt, Jim Smallman, Secretary Valerie Turpen, Adam Koltun, Charlie Howell, Treasurer Bob Risley and Evelyn Kennedy. (Our newest board member, Robin Seeley was unable to attend.)

2015 Museum Luncheon

By all accounts, the 2015 Museum Luncheon was a huge success. More people attended this year than ever before, the newest board members were sworn in by Mayor Trish Spencer, and bidding on the silent auction items was fiercely competitive. More than 90 museum members, docents, and volunteers attended the delicious meal held on the fourth floor of the […]


The Year in Review

As a part of our Annual Luncheon yesterday, Board member Jim Smallman created a presentation highlighting some of the accomplishments, achievements and advances at both the Meyers House and the Alameda Museum in the past 12 months, including repairing the fence and carriage house at the Meyers House, a new furnace at the Museum and much, much more. […]

The cover of Julia Park Tracey's new book; she will read from it at the Museum Friday January 9. Credit: Booktrope, designed by Melody Barber

Museum Archive Inspires Local Author

Alamedan Julia Park Tracey will hold a launch party in the Art Gallery of the Museum Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm, for her new novel, set in a fictional version of Alameda: “San Pedro Island.” The book is based on an old photo from the Alameda Museum showing early settlers digging up the […]