an island on San Francisco Bay, is now a neighborhood of
Richmond, California . Point Richmond is
that city's birthplace and today is it's "old
town". The Point Richmond History Association was
founded in 1979 by Donna Roselius and is dedicated to
promoting awareness of the community's exciting and
colorful history. To this purpose, we maintain a small
museum on the downtown Point Richmond Triangle that is
housed by the oldest commercial building in
Richmond. The little museum was saved from
destruction and moved to its current location in 1990
under the PRHA leadership of Jerry Cerkanowicz. It
is open on Thursdays 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and Saturdays
11:30 am to 2:00 pm. We invite you to join our
organization, with your membership you will receive a
subscription (five issues) to "This Point...in time",
our entertaining and informative newsletter.
Membership categories include Senior
(65 or older) ($15.00/year), Single
($20.00/year), Family ($25.00/year), History
Preserver ($50.00/year) or History
Maker ($100.00/year). Checks should be made
to the Point Richmond History Association and mailed to
Pam Wilson, 521 Western Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801.
Related Richmond History Links:
Board of Directors
Our museum hours:
From the President
Bonnie Jo Cullison
I am never disappointed when I visit the PRHA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/prhafan/ There is always something new to learn. People are continually contributing old and new photographs, recalling their time spent living in or visiting the Point and exchanging information about people, places and events. Though the information contributed to the Facebook page may not be as comprehensive as, say, James Chesharek’s articles on Standard Avenue in the Newsletter, they can sometimes lead one in unexpected directions. For example, I had noticed that there have been many contributions by Roxy Miraválle. I was curious about who she is and why she does so much research about the history of Point Richmond. When I learned from her Facebook profile that she is the Director of Historical Research at the San Pablo Historical and Museum Society it led me to their website https://sites.google.com/sanpablohistoricalsociety.com/museums.
I am chagrined to say that my perspective on the history of this corner of the East Bay has been for the most part rather myopic, being focused primarily on Point Richmond and Richmond to the exclusion of any on the adjacent communities. I was a little startled to learn that the San Pablo Historical Society manages two historic homes, one of them being a re-creation of the 1840 adobe house that was the home of a governor of California, Juan Bautista Alvarado. And that 3 additional buildings dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been moved to be included in the Alvarado Square Historic Park in downtown San Pablo. For a community that is so geographically close to us the history of the San Pablo area has significantly different stories to tell. Which I guess is my long-winded way of saying that the PRHA Facebook page can be a jumping off point for some surprising revelations.
Be safe. Be kind.