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Preserving the heritage of Redwood Empire Railroading

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William R. Hogarty Library


New Weekend Hours - 10am until 2pm on First Saturdays.


One of our Society's goals, that of establishing a museum and archival library, has been realized in our William R. Hogarty Library. The Library houses over 23,000 catalogued items relating to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and other Redwood Empire rail lines. The Library contains over 11,800 photographs, 2,900 maps, 1290 plans, a large reference book library, collections of employee timetables and rosters, as well as many historical documents and Artifacts.
We have thousands more items to enter into the database, each week we find new 'treasures' as we explore the material we are enteing into the Archive's database.

We have found a new home for our Library and Archive. We have relocated to a Petaluma office space with a very convenient location. We are at 1364 No.McDowell in Petaluma, this location is directly across from the Kohl's shopping center Click here for pictures of our new location. We could use help with data entry and sorting, if you are interested please send an e-mail.

The Library/Archive applied for and was granted a $1000.00 Grant from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation. This grant money has been spent on making our collections more accessable to the public. A new slide scanner, photo albums and a new computer workstation have been set up.

Currently the Library is open every Thursday for a work session from 10 AM until 4 PM.
We are planning on shortening the hours for access on the first Saturday of each month from 10 AM until 2 PM.
To gain access at other times for research purposes contact the NWPRRHS secretary nwprrhs-sec@comcast.net.

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