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
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|From the President
Bonnie Jo Cullison
In the early 2000’s the PRHA under the leadership of Mid Dornan conceived of a project to recognize the historical significance of some of the earliest buildings in Point Richmond. Their plan was to mount bronze plaques with brief descriptions of the buildings’ past. With the financial and physical assistance of other community members texts were composed, Andrew Butt created drawings, the plaques were cast and mounted. The first two buildings to receive plaques were the Critchett Hotel (now the Point Richmond Market) and the First United Methodist Church. That was in 2003. In the years that followed, 7 more plaques were created and mounted by the PRHA. A complete list of buildings with plaques as well as locations of plaques provided by other organizations is printed on the inside of the cover. I am not sure when the last plaque was added but I know it’s been quite a few years. Identifying buildings and providing them with informational plaques has been on the to-do list for the PRHA for quite awhile. But when it rains, it pours, as they say, and I am delighted to say that we have 4 plaques at the foundry ready to be cast and another one almost there. The moving force behind this accomplishment is Jim Davis who has been doggedly persistent in tracking down and gaining permission to mount a plaque from the building owners as well as editing the texts. Caitlin Hibma provided us with wonderful drawings and James Cheshareck researched and conducted the all-important fact-checking. As soon as they come back from the foundry we will be adding plaques to the Abbott Hospital, the Masquers Playhouse, the Trainmaster’s building and the Hotel Mac (additional to the one it has indicating its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places). Furthermore, we’re on a roll and it won’t be long before there are more!
I would like to thank Teresa Albro, one of the original founders of the Point Richmond History Association for her donation of back issues of TPIT and other Point Richmond memorabilia.
Have fun. Be safe everyone