Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Amador Livermore Valley Historical

  • Pleasanton, CA
  • www.museumonmain.org

Mission Statement

Enriching Community Life Through Education and Preservation

 

We are dedicated to linking the past to the future by preserving, clarifying and disseminating information about history specific to the region.

Main Programs

  1. Museum Education Program
  2. Ed Kinney Lecture Series
  3. Changing Exhibitions
  4. Public Programs
Service Areas

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California

Tri Valley cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay area

ruling year

1969

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Jim DeMersman

Keywords

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museum, local history, archives, pleasanton, tri valley

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Also Known As

Museum On Main

EIN

94-6100957

Physical Address

603 Main Street

Pleasanton, CA 94566

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We carry out that mission through the following programs and projects:

Permanent and temporary displays in the Museum on Main Street

Guest lectures, exhibits. Slide shows and panel discussions

Special tours for school groups, Scout troops, and other youth and adult organizations

Newsletters, pamphlets and other publications

Outreach to newcomers seeking links to this community

Celebration of Heritage Families and their contributions to the region

Encouragement of interest in local history for all residents and visitors

Special events, such as previews of new exhibits

Interviews with Heritage Families and other significant individuals, to all to the oral history collection

Acquisition, archiving and care of fine historic artifacts, documents, and photographs that enhance the role of the Museum on Main Street as an architectural and cultural resource.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Museum Education Program

Education programs for school students that include walking tours, in-house hands on history tours at the Museum and at the Alviso Adobe, and outreach to the classrooms.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$28,438.00

Program 2

Ed Kinney Lecture Series

Ed Kinney was a resident of Pleasanton for many years and was probably one of the biggest promoters of the city. He was a former mayor and is probably best remembered as the emcee of  the  parades in the downtown where he broadcast from the balcony of the Pleasanton Hotel. His involvement and service to the city inspired both the Ed Kinney lecture series and the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award  The 10 month lecture series introduces participants to a variety of topics of local, regional and national history interest that often times relates to the current exhibtion at the Museum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 3

Changing Exhibitions

The Museum hosts a number of changing exhibitions each year that are related to local, regional and national history and the relationship to the community's developmont.  Recent examples include: the Civil War in CA, silent movies made in Pleasanton in the earlty 20th century, the legacy of Phoebe Hearst who lived in Pleasanton, an annual local artist show, and the role of acgriculture in the history of the community.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$24,000.00

Program 4

Public Programs

We offer a range of public programs on an annual basis that includes such things as Hollywood in Pleasanton (an afternoon with recreations of various movie scenes that were filmed here with local citizens playing the roles), Brothels, Bar Rooms and Bandits ( an affordable program that acknowledges the community's rough and tumble "Wild West" days, Ghost Walks ( an October event that explores the various ghost stories that abound in the downtown historic core).

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$26,500.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Taken from our 2012 Strategic Plan, our organizational goals for the next 5 years are:

    1. Increased relevance between public programs, including exhibits, and mission.
    2. Improved Institutional Image and Community Presence
    3. Board governance and transition is complete
    4. Diversified and expanded financial base
    5. Completion of physical and intellectual control of our collection
    6. Creation and implementation of plans for current space and future expansion
    7. Increase Professionalism of Staff and Volunteers
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Tri Valley cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay area

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Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

American Association for State and Local History

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AMADOR LIVERMORE VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Amador Livermore Valley Historical

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Principal Officer

Jim DeMersman

BIO

I have been the Director of the Museum on Main for just over two years. My career in small and medium sized museums has taken me across the country including stints at Historic Speedwell Village in Morristown, New Jersey, Rosemount Victorian House Museum in Pueblo, Colorado, the Woodrow Wilson House, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Washington DC, the Molly Brown House Museum, a property of Historic Denver in Denver, Colorado, the Hi Desert Museum in Yucca Valley, California, the Hayward Area Historical Society in Hayward, California, and the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland, California. I hold a BA in History and Business Administration from Houghton College, Houghton, NY.

I am active professionally on the local, state, regional and national level, including being a Past President of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums. I am currently the President of the Board of Director of Exhibit Envoy, a non-organization that provides traveling exhibits and services to primarily California museums. I conduct museum assessments for the American Association of Museums Museum Assessment Program and have done over a dozen assessments across the country. I serve as a peer reviewer for grant applications for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I am a member of CAM, WMA, AASLH, AAM, the National Trust, and the California Preservation Foundation. My passion in the museum world is working in small museums and helping them to grow and realize their potential.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chuck Deckert

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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