NOVATO HISTORY MUSEUM HAMILTON FIELD HISTORY MUSEUM
In the historic 1850 Postmaster's House In the historic 1934 Firehouse
815 DeLong Avenue, Novato, CA 94945 555 Hangar Avenue, Novato, CA 94949
(415) 897-4320 (415) 382-8614
Museum Hours (for both locations): Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
12pm-4pm, or by appointment.
Closed on Holidays / Admission is FREE
Please call the main number for each museum for more information.
Mailing address: Novato Historical Guild, PO Box 1296, Novato, CA
Novato is home to a number of wonderful small museums! ALSO VISIT:
Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Boulevard
Olompali State Historic Park, Olompali Exit, Southbound 101 (north of Atherton Avenue)
Space Station Museum, Pacheco Plaza Center, 464 Ignacio Boulevard
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|Novato Historical Guild||Gift Shop|
|The Novato Historian||Related Links|
|Call for Volunteers|
Novato Historical Guild
The Novato Historical Guild is a volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to staff and financially support the Novato History Museum and the Hamilton Field History Museum. The Guild has a partnership agreement with the City of Novato: the City owns the Museum buildings and the historical collections, and the Guild makes sure the Museums are open to the public, as well as are educational, inviting, and safe places to visit.
The Guild hosts quarterly membership meetings, which usually involve guest speakers on local history topics, and publishes The Novato Historian, a quarterly newsletter.
Membership in the Novato Historical Guild supports the preservation and interpretation of the history of Novato and Hamilton Field. Members receive a hard copy of the quarterly newsletter in the mail, The Novato Historian, gift shop discounts, and invitations to exclusive events.
|Individual||$20 yr||Patron||$100 yr|
|Family||$30 yr||Supporting||$200 yr|
|Student||$10 yr||Life, Individual||$350|
||$50 yr||Life, Joint||$500|
Novato Historical Guild Membership Application and/or Membership Renewal Form (PDF)
The Novato Historian
This quarterly publication of the Novato Historical Guild, concerning both the Novato History Museum and the Hamilton Field History Museum, is mailed to members of the Guild. The Historian includes news items about current events and exhibits at the museums, as well as one in-depth feature article per issue, usually authored by a Guild member. The Historian is also available in hard-copy format when visiting either of the museums.
- Most recent news section of The Novato Historian: The Novato Historian March 2013
- Hamilton Field History Museum, selected feature articles from The Novato Historian:
- Novato History Museum, selected feature articles from The Novato Historian:
Call for Volunteers
Come join our team! The museums are always welcoming new volunteers. We are eager to pair you with a project that meets your skills and interests. Some existing volunteer opportunities follow, but if you have something else in mind, please let us know. To fill out an application today or contact us for more information, please visit the City of Novato Volunteer page by clicking here: Volunteer
MUSEUM DOCENT: We are looking for docents to volunteer once a month for four hours on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday afternoon, 12-4pm. Docents staff the museums during open hour, including greeting museum visitors and assisting patrons with any questions they may have regarding the collections. We will provide training.
SCHOOL TOUR DOCENT: Third Grade tours begin in late March and run through early June. If you are interested in becoming a school tour docent, you may attend our docent training that occurs in early March of each year. You do not need to commit to becoming a docent to attend the training, and new docents have the opportunity to shadow more experienced docents for a number of tours. For more information, call the Museum, 415-897-4320, and leave a message for Cindy Motsinger, one of the 3rd Grade Tour program managers. She will contact you to discuss the program.
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: The museum has an on-going community oral history project. We will provide training for anyone interested in volunteering for this project, whether as an interviewer or as an oral history recording transcriber.
ARCHIVES: If you have library experience, or like to organize books, documents, maps, and photos, let us know.
COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT: We are cataloging and re-packing all of our artifacts in the museum's collection; this is a good opportunity for anyone seeking museum experience or wishing to learn about artifact handling, as well as learning to use the PastPerfect museum collections database.
CLERICAL WORK: Filing and word-processing.
FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS: We are looking for people who have fundraising experience or enjoy helping with events.
FACILITY SUPPORT: Volunteers assist in all aspects of maintaining the Museum structures and grounds. Througout the year, we have quarterly work parties, which may include landscaping, power washing, interior touch-up painting, and decorating the interior and exterior of our buildings for the holidays, among other projects. Handy and/or willing people are gladly welcomed to this team!
Museum and Local History Links
- American Association for State and Local History: www.aaslh.org
- Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library: www.marinlibrary.org/research-and-learning/california-room
- California Association of Museums: http://www.calmuseums.org/
- Marin County Genealogical Society: www.maringensoc.org
- Marin History Museum: www.marinhistory.org
- Regional Oral History Office, University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library: bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/
- Western Museums Association: www.westmuse.org
The Museum Gift Shops have the perfect unique gift for local history lovers!
Besides the items shown below, there are additional gifts and souvenirs, such as books, notecards, T-shirts, and sweatshirts, available at each museum. The Gift Shops are open during our regular public hours.
For more information, please call the Novato History Museum at 415-897-4320 or the Hamilton Field History Museum at 415-382-8614.
To order items via mail order, please print, fill out, and mail this form: NHG gift shop order form 2013
Novato Township - Land Grant to World War II
Hamilton Field, an Images of America Book, published 2008. Contains over 100 historic images of Hamilton Field, primarily from the museum archives. $21.00
Novato, a Then & Now Book, published 2009. Contains historic photographs of Novato from the Museum archives, compared to Ron Vela's "now" photographs of the same sites. $21.00
|A Brief History of Hamilton Army Airfield
Describes the early conception of coastal airfields in the 1920's, the efforts of local citizens to acquire land for an airfield during the Depression, a day in the life at Hamilton, and women service units before and during WWII. (12 pages) $3.00
|Mission Accomplished (DVD - previously on video)
Shows historical film footage of the designing and building of Hamilton Army Air Field, explores the military units that served before and after WWII, its roles as Hamilton AFB, and post-AFB uses, including the housing Southeast Asian refugees following the Vietnam War. Produced by the Army Corps of Engineers. (28 min.) $15.00
|City of Novato Early Years (DVD - previously on video)
A narrative and pictorial description of the historical development of downtown Novato. (15 min.) $10.00
Ceramic Ornament - Novato City Hall
The front of ornament is a line drawing of Novato City Hall, and the back is inscribed a four-sentence, brief history of the building. It is also marked as "1st in a series of ornaments featuring historic sites in Novato." $12.00
Tote Bag - Novato History Museum
Unique quality leather goods with the picture of the Novato City Hall on the front. These leather items are manufactured by a local Novato company.
Coin Purse $15.00
Card Holder $12.50
Purse w/strap $23.00
Novato History Collector Cards
|Our famous Collector Cards - 42 cards depicting historical buildings and people from Novato.
Entire set $12.00
Pack of 10 cards $3.00
Individual cards $.30