Saturday, February 27, 2010

"The Horse, of Course" Exhibit Opens March 10 - Pleasanton Museum

"The Horse, of Course! - Horses in the History of the Amador-Livermore Valley"

New Exhibit at Pleasanton's Museum On Main Street

March 10 - August 15, 2010

"The Horse, of Course! - Horses in the History of the Amador-Livermore Valley," is a new exhibit on display from March 10 - August 15, 2010 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton.

Ever since the arrival of the Spanish in the late 18th century, the horse has played an important role in the life of the Amador-Livermore Valley. The museum's latest exhibit examines how horses have shaped the valley's history through their work in farming, ranching, transport, athletics, and recreation.

Displays will include a re-created blacksmith's shop, original jockey's silks and memorabilia from the Alameda County Fairgrounds racetrack (including an autographed photo of jockey Russell Baze), posters and photographs from the history of the Livermore Rodeo, and a variety of objects, photographs, and documents that illustrate the horse's importance in the valley's history.

Two free events will help launch the exhibit.

--An Opening Night reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 at the museum. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. There is no fee to attend.

--Calling all Cowgirls and Cowboys. Come and enjoy family fun at the free Community Round-Up at the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. Kids, try out your roping skills, design your own brand, make-and-take a pony puppet, and more.

The museum is located at 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is a $2 requested donation.

Contact (925) 462-2766 or Visit

Photo credits: Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society

- Livermore Rodeo.

- Rider in Vaquero outfit.

- Alameda County Fairgrounds races, 1970s.

- Cattle Drive in Livermore, 1940s.

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