On behalf of the staff and volunteers at the Martinez Historical Society, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Martinez community. As you may know, the Borland Home which serves as our Martinez Museum, has been closed for a year. With the help of other organizations and many community volunteers, extensive renovations were done, including a foundation, interior painting, refinishing floors and of course, new displays.
During this time, although we were closed, we always felt the support of the community. Folks would come by and talk with us about our progress, bringing some of their precious family heirlooms (or promising to do so). We also received numerous calls thanking us for our perseverance in maintaining this beautiful old home and providing space for a repository of the history of our wonderful town.
The culmination of this support was demonstrated on Sunday (Oct. 16), when, despite inclement weather, we had a wonderful turn out for our grand re-opening. The generosity of the Contra Costa Community College District in making their building available to the Society enabled us to furnish the perfect alternate space for our festivities and provided shelter from the storm. To see so many Martinez residents (as well as others) gathered, although somewhat soggily, together was truly a “Martinez moment” and reaffirmed my belief that this is a remarkable town with a deep respect for its beginnings and those citizens who helped to build it.
Thank you once again to all of Martinez and if you haven’t had a chance, please stop by and visit us.
Director, Martinez Museum