Founded in 1968, the Cloverdale Historical Society is a cultural, non-profit organization with a mission to collect, conserve and celebrate the unique history of the Cloverdale area. It is supported by dedicated and talented volunteers. Financial support is provided through memberships and donations which are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 502-(C) (3) Corporation, Tax I.D. #68-0047998

Membership Benefits




  • Gazette-Journal (by mail)
  • Recognition in Gazette and e-Newsletter


  • All benefits listed above and,
  • Free admission to almost 1000 museum members of the North American Reciprocal Museum Assn. (NARM)


  • All benefits listed above

BENEFACTOR: $1000 (a portion will go to the Carol Chase Endowment Sustainability Fund)

  • All benefits listed above and,
  • Use of Cooley Community Room once a year at no rental charge for your own private event
  • Private tour of special exhibitions
  • Museum access with a docent on closed days by appointment

Membership Rates

Contributing Member
Sustaining Member
1 year $35.00 1 year $45.00 1 year $50.00 1 year $100.00 1 year $500.00 1 year $1000.00

Memberships are Annual. Renewal Date: November of each year.

Online Membership Payment

Membership Options

Membership Payment by Mail or Telephone

Credit card or check – make check payable to Cloverdale Historical Society Mailing address: P.O. Box 628, Cloverdale, CA 95425

It Takes You!

What does it take to preserve Cloverdale’s history and bring it to the thousands of people who live and visit here each year? It takes you, of course! From our programs and exhibits, to our research and collections, to our visitor experience and special events, to the maintenance of our treasured facilities, we rely on the skills, imagination and energy of volunteers. We hope you will join us!


Dip your toes in the water with a few hours per week/month at the History Center. Help to welcome visitors and guide them through the exhibit halls, library, and Gould-Shaw house. It’s a great way to make friends and to give to the Cloverdale community.
Exhibits Committee
Yes, the History Center and Gould-Shaw house exhibits are entirely created and maintained by volunteers. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? You might bring your strengths to the ongoing needs surrounding our permanent and temporary exhibits. Visit us and take a look at our Exhibits pages to learn more about our vision.
Programs Committee
This is an exciting group created to bring new programs to life at our beautiful History Center and Museum and patio. Come help create the educational and community-minded programs that bring our center to life.
Docents and Volunteer Greeters
One of the most important jobs, our docents and volunteer greeters create the “experience” for our visitors. Welcoming residents and new people in town, you will meet people from all over the world. It’s up to you to decide if you prefer to be the welcome greeter or guide visitors as a docent. We need both! It’s a big job and so very important that we offer a warm, welcoming experience to our visitors.
Library Volunteers
Our research library is an invaluable resource to serious researchers and curious minds. We utilize Past Perfect, a museum-quality software and have more than 65,000 artifacts and items accessioned, in addition to an Index and local property database. We will show you how to use the database and it will become fun and educational for you.
Research Volunteers
Regional and genealogical researchers from across the country contact us regularly with queries. We have a wonderful library for volunteers who enjoy puzzles and digging into a challenge.
Needed! Filing, sending cards, and customer relationships are an essential part of what we do. Help keep the wheels moving smoothly by working with our Executive Director in our main office. We would love to have your help.
Board of Directors
Come visit one of our monthly board meetings to see what we’re doing to shape the future of Cloverdale’s history. You might decide right there to add your positive, collaborative energy to ours.


The answer is, yes! Volunteer service is beneficial for the volunteer in a variety of ways.

  •   Achievement — One can see direct results through accomplishments. Volunteers report that personal satisfaction is the primary reason they volunteer.
  •   Personal Growth — Among the major incentives for volunteerism are opportunities to discover new skills and capabilities. Growing self-esteem and confidence are among the rewards of volunteer work.
  •   Giving Back — For some, the desire to contribute to society or strengthen their community underlies their commitment to volunteer work.
  •   Friendship, Support and Bonding — For others the human factor is paramount in volunteering. Making new friends, discovering new social links, and networking with like-minded individuals support a feeling of belonging.

Volunteering is really, quite simply..  the “right thing to do.” It usually doesn’t require a huge time commitment; it can help build lasting connections; it provides opportunities to make a real difference; and, mostly, it just feels good.

The Historical Society is in need of your valuable contributions of time and talent. We hope you will become a volunteer today.
Contact us at (707) 894-2067,