Martinez Museum Gala
Oct 13, 2016 04:22PM ● Published by Becky Coburn
After months of being closed due to much needed renovations, the museum is almost ready. Thanks to the help from Shell and many community volunteers, the lovely Borland Home at 1005 Escobar Street, which houses the Martinez Museum, received a foundation, new flooring, fresh paint and many updated displays.
Come to the gala on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 4pm for a chance to see the new and engaging displays featuring much of the history of this area. The event begins at noon with a short program at 1pm and food to follow. This event is free to the public.
The Martinez Historical Society was established in 1973 to save the "Borland House," an 1890's cottage. Convinced that the city's history deserved a repository where papers, documents, photographs and artifacts could be housed, the society prevailed upon the City of Martinez to join in acquiring use of cottage for that purpose. A lease was obtained from the Contra Costa College District, and the Martinez Historical Society took possession in February 1974 and opened the first two rooms of the museum in June of 1976.