The Petaluma Museum is hosting a fabulous exhibit called I Do! which features vintage wedding dresses and other associated textiles and artifacts related to Petaluma families. If you haven’t seen it, consider putting it on your To Do! list. The exhibit runs until September 30, 2012.
Seeing Neyda Houx-Brown’s dress brought to mind a photo owned by the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library in which Neyda is seated with her groom, Walter Clayton Brown, in the backyard of Neyda’s parent’s home located at 241 Liberty Street, Petaluma where the couple was married on June 5, 1927.
I might not have come across this photo had it not been for the fact that 241 Liberty Street was on a Heritage Homes of Petaluma House Tour in 2006. The Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library is a major resource when it comes to researching the history of a house. I do remember locating information on this property and the Houx family using city directories, HeritageQuestTM, Sanborn MapsR, and other materials found through the Library’s online catalog. One such item being the photo of Neyda and Walter shown below.
Over the last several years Heritage Homes has produced some terrific tour booklets that come with the price of a ticket to the biennial event and the 2006 brochure is one of the best containing high quality images – both historic and current and is replete of history and architectural descriptions. This brochure and others dating back to 1978 are on file at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library.
The next Heritage Homes tour is scheduled for September 16th. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Connie Hammerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 762-4701.
Tour tickets will be available starting September 1st at the Petaluma Museum, Petaluma Visitor’s Center, Tuscan Gardens and the Mail Depot - $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. For more information go to www.heritagepetaluma.com.