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Get your walking shoes on: Museum on Main, LARPD to host historic Pleasanton tour

Event geared toward seniors includes view of homes along St. Mary Street and lessons about the prominent families who occupied them
One of the stops on the St. Mary Street tour is the former home of one of the Lewis brothers who ran the hardware store that eventually became Kolln Hardware at the corner of Main and Division streets.

The Museum on Main and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District are teaming up to offer a special walking tour for seniors around downtown Pleasanton.

Rachel Brickell, the museum's director of education, will guide the sidewalk tour set for May 31, where participants will view the historic homes along St. Mary Street, Pleasanton Avenue and Rose Avenue, concluding at Peters Avenue.

The museum and LARPD have partnered with each other for several years offering various opportunities for local seniors, which includes these walking tours. The upcoming walk will be the second St. Mary Street tour they've hosted together, according to Sarah Schaefer, the Museum on Main's executive director.

The tour includes lessons about the history of the families that occupied the homes along the walking route as well as their contributions and their everyday lives as they helped build Pleasanton.

"We do Second Street tours as well but what sets St. Mary apart is that we talk a little bit about some of the fraternal social organizations that existed in Pleasanton and their roles in the community. And because the fairgrounds and the race track are over on that side of the town, we talk about that as well," Schaefer said.

She said the tour also explores historic preservation and what makes a historic resource. "We really dive into that a lot on the St. Mary tour -- which is something else that sets this tour apart," Schaefer said.

While Schaefer noted that the tour doesn't go in depth about the architectural details of the various homes, they will provide some information to participants so that they can further explore the architectural features on their own.

Following the approximately two-hour tour, participants will be able to break out on their own for lunch at one of the many restaurants along Main Street and throughout downtown.

Participants will meet at Museum on Main located at 603 Main St. in Pleasanton for the walk which begins at 10 a.m. on May 31. Transportation is not included. To register, visit or call 925-373-5700.


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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