A ticket to the future — and the past
Just a block down the street from The Rose Hotel there is a portal that allows people to move from the present to the past. It’s a place where people can go back in time, a place devoted to preserving and disseminating information about history specific to the Tri-Valley. The objective of this effort, somewhat paradoxically, is to link the past to the future.
That place is the Museum on Main and we invite our guests to pay this local institution a visit — and we will even throw in free tickets to the Ed Kinney series of lectures. The Ed Kinney series is a monthly program of historical character portrayals and speakers. Spend an evening with historic characters such as Mark Twain or Babe Ruth and hear from speakers who are experts in their fields. Many of the speakers in the series are Chautauquans, a type of historical character performance originating in Chautauqua, New York. The Chautauquan is in character from the moment he or she steps on stage, right through the question and answer session. The performer only steps out of character to answer questions that the historic character being portrayed could not address.
The Ed Kinney series of lectures is one of many resources found at the Museum on Main, which has something for just about everybody. Examples include:
- Permanent and temporary exhibitions. (For a listing of the museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.)
- Guest lecturers, presentations and panel discussions about local, state, regional and national topics.
- Tours for school groups, scouts and other youth and adult organizations.
- Special events and public programs, such as Ghost Walks; Wild West Evening; and Brothels, Bar Rooms and Bandits.
- Historic artifacts, documents, oral histories and photographs.
The Museum on Main comes with a history of its own. Fifty years ago, concerned about the rapid development in the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys, local residents organized to preserve the region’s history with the founding of the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society in April 1963 and began its decades-long effort to protect, preserve and interpret the history of the Tri-Valley, located 35 miles east of San Francisco. In 1984 the City of Pleasanton offered the organization a vacant building at 603 Main Street, a structure that was formerly the municipality’s town hall, and also home to the police department and Pleasanton’s first free library. It was considered the perfect setting for an organization dedicated to preservation of the region’s history. Eventually, the organization was renamed the Museum on Main.
There is much more on the museum’s website. Check it out. Then come by for your complementary lecture series tickets during your next stay at The Rose Hotel.
Written by Mike Consol