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From ongoing dynamic lectures to exciting ever-changing exhibits and more, Pleasanton’s Museum on Main provides it all.

The 2009 Ed Kinney Lecture Series features:
February 19 – Julia Morgan, as impersonated by Betty Marvin, architectural historian. Marvin will share information about Morgan, a native Californian born and raised in the Bay Area. Learn about her life and career that changed the architectural landscape of our state.
March 19  – A Nation Transformed: How the Civil War Changed America Forever, with Dr. Gerald Henig. Often called America’s second revolution, the Civil War left a legacy of change unsurpassed by any other event. Dr. Henig is an emeritus professor of history at California State University, East Bay. A four-time winner of the Pi Kappa Delta Best Lecturer Award, he also received the Outstanding Professor Award.
April 16 – Trail master Steve Thomas will discuss the uniqueness of the Tri-Valley and its trails.
May 21 – Meet the Museums when representatives from three area museums present their programs.
June 18 – Maxine Troust will relate the History of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory from the early 1950s through today.
September 17 – Film historian D. Klehn will tell about the film industry in Pleasanton and Niles.
October 15 – Teri Carlson returns to share her experience with ‘spirits’ in Pleasanton.
July 16 and August 20 lectures will be announced later.

All lectures will be held at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, $10 for non-museum members.  Memberships are available at the lectures.

Two events should be of particular interest to museum visitors this year.

Mid-March begins the Civil War display in conjunction with the March 19 lecture. A gala opening is slated for March 27-28.
Mark October 10 for an evening of fun and fund raising for the museum with Brothels, Saloons and Gaming. This historic-era, dress-up party will be a boon to anyone wishing to assume a slightly different role than one’s daily life.

Unique exhibits include:
Treasures of the Tri-Valley II – Transportation, which closes the end of February;
The Civil War from early March to mid-May;
The Horse, Of Course – mid May to mid-July;
Pleasanton Art League – mid-July to mid-August;
Hollywood in Pleasanton – mid-August to late October;
A Haunted Museum – late October to the end of October;
Holiday Exhibit – early November to January 20, 2010.

Two superb programs include:
Lark in the Park, a historic journey to give you a different perspective on each of Pleasanton’s parks; Saturday events for the whole family.
Once Upon a Time – for pre-schoolers to third graders. Held at the museum in the early evening, this 90-minute program includes stories, games and a treat at the end of the session.

For further information about these events, exhibits, programs contact the museum at 462.2766 or visit its website: www.museumonmain.org
The museum is located at 603 Main Street, Pleasanton.

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