The Community and Our Programs

This is an exciting time for Cloverdale’s Historical Society. We are fortunate to have a historic home and museum, a history center, and a patio garden with seating.

These comprise a beautiful complex that allows us to offer events, exhibits, research, and outdoor activities suited for all ages.

We often partner with the Cloverdale Center for the Performing Arts, located next door, for the Speaker Series and programs such as the Forthright and Female Lecture Series

Some things we are doing

Speaker Series
See Tab above for more information.

Spring Tea and Fashion Show on the Patio
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Cemetery Restoration
The Historical Society has since the late 1980s been the driving force behind the restoration and maintenance of the historic Riverside Cemetery. There has been an outpouring of support from the Cloverdale community to protect this treasure. In 2014 a successful fund raising effort culminated in retaining wall restoration and more projects are on the horizon. Continuing the popular Cemetery Tours is a priority and we plan a tour each year around Halloween.

We hope you can see the vision and mission of the Cloverdale Historical Society reflected in the types of projects we do and that we have underway. We have a wonderful Board of Directors and volunteers who give generously of their time and talent to make this happen.

Donate today

Please join us in supporting our programs by contributing as generously as you can.
Help us ensure our history for tomorrow.

The Beverley McChesney Historical Essay Contest


The Historical Essay Contest, a new and innovative program of the Cloverdale Historical Society, was founded by Beverley McChesney in 2013 for public and private school fourth and eighth graders. Each year since, Beverley worked closely with the CUSD Superintendent, local principals and teachers to prepare the subject matter in conjunction with school curriculum. Utilizing the Historical Society archives that she helped create, Beverley researched and distributed materials to Jefferson, Washington, Seventh-Day Adventist and interested home schoolers describing the lives of Cloverdale area role models. “The program gives students an opportunity to learn about diverse figures and to write about one of their choice,” she said when the program was first launched.

When choosing figures to include, attention is given to historical period, ethnic diversity, and topics of potential interest to each age group. A blue-ribbon committee of judges is selected from the committee and the cash awards for each prize are determined.

Subjects have included, for the fourth grade: Ann Amaroli Gillis, Gloria Figueroa, Ida Hoadley Humbert, Carmen Ruiz, Miguel Sanchez, John Santana, Daniel Sink and for the eighth grade: Anthony Cuneo, Dena Gambetta, Edna Cobb Gorden, Everett Lampson, William Russell Ledford, Jane Leist, Joseph Lile, Lucile McKay Kelly, Enrico Prati and Ulises Valdez.

Beverley passed away in late 2014 but she had a vision for the contest that we intend to keep. She felt that future topics could include transportation, the Geysers, and the early fruit and wine industry. She wanted to encourage anyone who had materials on the Pomo who lived in this area or a body of information on early Mexican settlers to contact the Historical Society and submit their materials for our research archives to be used for the contest.

She also wanted to expand the program to the high school level.

If you would like to donate in Beverley’s honor, you can do so here.

Now Is the Time to Discover Northern Sonoma County


Two small towns with charm and character, Cloverdale and Geyserville, are only 80 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. These communities offer History, Art, Wine Tasting, Recreational Adventures, Special Events and Unique Dining.

About Cloverdale

Nestled among gently rolling hills and lush vineyards at the top of the renowned Alexander Valley, Cloverdale is the hidden gem of Sonoma County Wine Country. Its older homes, tree-lined neighborhoods and friendly residents give the town a small town character to be experienced by visitors. Downtown Cloverdale is easily walkable with a cultural corridor of art galleries, Performing Arts Center, Sculpture Trail, wine tasting, restaurants, shops, Museum and History Center.

Brochures Available at:   Sculpture Trail

Select to Enlarge:   Map of Northern Sonoma County

Speaker Series


One of our most popular programs, the Speaker Series topics are wide-ranging about local history and lore as well as contemporary events. It is all interesting, and informative and often we develop a companion exhibit.

All programs are held at the Center for Performing Arts, 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard.

Spring Tea and Fashion Show 2019

Spring Tea and Fashion Show 2019

A Fundraiser for the Cloverdale Historical Society

Celebrate your beautiful city of Cloverdale! Cloverdale’s history comes alive today! Gourmet Italian Luncheon in honor of the famed Italian Swiss Colony. Italian sodas and wines. Vintage fashions from the History Museum Collection…dresses, bathing dresses, hats and more from the 1880s to 1950 Cloverdale.

Event Date:        Saturday, May 18, 2019

Event Time:        12 Noon

Location:              History Museum Patio,  215 N. Cloverdale Blvd

Phone:                 (707)  894-2067

Bringing back the days of the Asti Swiss Colony and the incomparable lunches enjoyed there, we will start with a signature drink of Prosecco and limoncello, followed by 3-course luncheon with hand-made antipasti, pasta and desserts. Wines sold by the glass or bottle. Italian sodas. Fashion Show featuring some of our most beautiful clothing from early times, handmade dresses and laces and more…

Individual Tickets:  $45

Table of 8:                 $360

Spring Tea and Fashion Show 2019 Flyer