Small Places and Big Histories – Petaluma, California

Small Places and Big Histories – Petaluma, California

When I was asked to write this piece I was at first enthusiastic, and then overwhelmed. It’s been a long time coming. I feature some of the fun facts about the history of Petaluma, California, our place in film and popular culture, and issues around a recent revival. Some Petalumans fear that a boom in tourism is threatening the city’s authenticity. So far, we have maintained a reputation of friendliness and managed to grow in ways that honor our past.